254: Local Integration: Adapting to New Cultures as an Expat – Jim Lennertz

Jim Lennertz interviewed by Mikkel Thorup on The Expat Money Show Podcast

Jim Lennertz is an American-born entrepreneur and adventurer. Raised in a beach town during California’s “Golden Age,” he became a self-described “well-educated surfer” who gathered real-world experiences and realized that the prescribed life path was not for him. He currently lives with his wife in Southern Brazil, and he’s also an admin in our private Facebook group at ExpatMoneyForum.com.

In this conversation, Jim describes why he now calls Brazil home and gives tips for expats on assimilating into local culture.



  • Hear Jim recount his expat origin story! Find out how life events, a magazine article and an abundance of frequent flyer miles led him to Brazil.
  • Jim and I reminisce about our first encounters online, where Jim would give me grief about my Portuguese. We had a blast catching up!
  • Listen in as Jim breaks down why he believes it’s so important for expats to assimilate into the local culture and not just stay within the confines of the expat bubbles.
  • Hear Jim and I discuss the importance of “breaking bread” in person, especially today when so many of our interactions are digital.
  • We discuss why Jim feels more safe and secure with his current situation in Brazil than he would if had the same situation back in California, which he calls a “dead state walking.”
  • Jim and I go back and forth a bit on the pros and cons of investing in agricultural land based on our slightly different outlooks. If you’ve thought about investing in agricultural land, you cannot miss this conversation!
  • Listen to us discuss why learning the local language as an expat is not just a convenience; it’s a matter of personal responsibility.
  • Lastly, Jim makes the by-the-numbers case for why Brazil is one of the safest places you could be in the event of World War Three.



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I had such a great time speaking to Jim and getting his real-world perspective on integrating into a new culture as an expat. Having spoken with Jim plenty of times, both online and in person, over the last few years, I knew this conversation would be a blast, and Jim didn’t disappoint. So come on over to ExpatMoneyForum.com and join the conversation – and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to argue with Jim 🙂

About The Host, Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup; the host of The Expat Money Show, has 20+ years in continual travel around the world, visiting more than 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Iran.

His goal now is to help Expats just like you to generate additional streams of income, eliminate your tax bill, and take advantage of offshore structures so you can travel the world freely and never have to worry about money again.

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