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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

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What do you do when you are in a foreign country and your computer stops working?

Here you are traveling, taking photos, communicating through WiFi at your hotel, posting on Facebook, talking on Skype - when all of a sudden your digital box goes fritz.  After re-booting and trying some fixes, nothing is helping.

On the water, Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

In my case after a couple of trips to the computer guys here in Panajachel, Guatemala, and thinking we had it repaired once, the issue was that the hard drive crashed. Most times I can mend these things myself and re-install Windows, but I do not travel with my CD –Rom drive nor with the CD’s that hold the operating system. So, I was that the mercy of the experts.

Once decided that it was, in fact, the hard drive (see all costs for labor and parts below) Cristobal, the shop owner and technician, told me he could get a new one from Guatemala City by Tuesday.

This was Friday and I did not want to be without a computer for that long. After all, the world is coming to an end in a matter of days, so I jumped on a bus to Solola, twenty minutes away, and purchased a 500 GB Toshiba hard drive for 750Q’s.

By now it was later in the afternoon and Cristobal told me my computer would be ready around 5:00 PM the next day.

On Saturday morning I had a three hour massage to alleviate the stress of all of this while a new install of my operating system and other software that I requested was performed.  My box was good to go a few hours later than promised, and the installation cost was 200Q’s. The entire fix was done in 35 hours, and now I am up and running once again 

Pulling out HD and testing =   $16USD

Hard drive costs =                   $94.00USD

Technician cost =                    $25.00USD

Massage costs =                      $31.00USD

 

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their popular website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.

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