Kyle a professional writer / photographer from the US asked a bunch of us to share what motivated us to come to Chile. You will find all the responses linked on this article: “What draws us or drives us from Chile”
So here is my story. Sometime in 2007 I was serious about starting to learn Spanish. I did not speak one word. I always liked the girls from España and thought once I speak the language I will be more successful with them as there were a few hot girls from Spain in Cambridge. Obviously this was not the only reason 😉 for learning Spanish. I looked at some programs in Spain but they seemed rather expensive and also the accommodation did not seem to suit me. Therefore I chose Chile. Here is my original innocent blog entry when I booked the vacation to Chile. “Hablas Espanol”
I had a good time in Chile and through a coincidence I met Liz, a Mexican who was living and working in Chile (at the time she thought only for a year or two). We had an amazing time but were under no illusion that it can work out since there were 11,649 km between us. We said good bye beginning of December of 2007 with tears in our eyes After that we spoke every day by phone. Rebtel kept the costs of these 1 hour phone calls to a bear minimum and we knew we would be in the States at the exact same time for a conference in January the following year. She would be in Las Vegas and me in Orlando. So we decided to meet up in Miami after our conferences and spend 4 days there. It was amazing… It went on.. Liz came to Cambridge in April, I met her parents in July in Mexico. We thought a lot about different possibilities and in July I told her that I will come to Chile. Read here about my first day in Chile
When will I leave? I do not know. Liz and I are both hoping to go to Spain for three months as my work is flexible and she might be able to swap positions with someone in Spain. It would be great for me since I would be in the correct time zone to speak with my clients and it would mean I no longer need to start work at 5.30 am. But mainly I would be close to my parents and family. However on the long term I see my future here in Chile. We are able to afford a good life here in Chile. Once we have children we will be able to afford a nanny, private school and all the luxury that goes with it. We could not afford this in England. In Austria (the country where you don’t need private school) Liz would not feel comfortable since she does not speak the language and she would have difficulty finding a great job. So here are many more years to come in Chile.. Now go check out the other bloggers stories here.