• Offshore Banking in the Age of FATCA: Pa...

    Earlier this year, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was implemented. As a result, many foreign banks will no longer do business with U.S. persons. Banks that continue to accept U.S. cust...

    Offshore Banking in the Age of FATCA: Part 1
  • Viña Stock-bus Racing: Part 1

    At first it was all intimidating to me. The buses with various numbers, colors and unfamiliar destinations, were overwhelming. My Spanish is still poor enough that communication can be quite a challen...

    Viña Stock-bus Racing: Part 1
  • A Rich Surprise in a Beautiful Valley: L...

    I love surprises. No, not when someone jumps out and startles me. I’m talking about the sort of surprise that delights you – the sort of thing you don’t expect, but find out you were...

    A Rich Surprise in a Beautiful Valley: La Bota de Olmué
  • Echinuco: Encounter Chilean Cuisine and ...

    By the time I’d walked around Echinuco a bit, my stomach confessed that the sights, sounds and smells were taking their toll. However, I also knew I didn’t want to fill up, so I poked arou...

    Echinuco: Encounter Chilean Cuisine and Wine – Part 3
  • Chile Moves Up to 13 on EIU Business Env...

    When we take a look at the world markets, we’re still surprised that Chile doesn’t get more attention than it does. A business friendly environment, along with a relatively inexpensive wor...

    Chile Moves Up to 13 on EIU Business Environment Rankings
  • Spanish Acquisition: No Substitute for P...

    It’s September again – time for school to start in the Northern Hemisphere.  I wonder how many returning high school students picked a foreign language.  More importantly, I wonder how they made...

    Spanish Acquisition: No Substitute for Practice, Practice, Practice
  • A Tour: From Concón to Reñaca / Viña del...

    During my most recent trip to Chile there was a terrible flu going around. Usually I manage to sidestep flu season, but this strain wouldn’t let me dodge it. The folks at the local pharmacy were...

    A Tour: From Concón to Reñaca / Viña del Mar
  • Eight Tips for Safe Travel in Chile: Par...

    Every culture has unique challenges and opportunities. The Escape Artist in us looks forward to both of these, often perceiving challenges in the opportunities, as well as opportunities in the challen...

    Eight Tips for Safe Travel in Chile: Part 1
  • Chile – Tops the List of Countries...

    We love lists, don’t we? In order to arrange our lives better, we strive to come up with some sort of list – of things we need to do or reasons we need to do them. Then there’s that ...

    Chile – Tops the List of Countries for Retail Investment
  • OECD – “Chile’s Corpor...

    From an historical perspective, economists recognize that countries with lower tax rates promote a stronger economy. This is due to at least a couple of readily observable facts: When corporations are...

    OECD – “Chile’s Corporate Income Tax Rate Is Fourth Best”
  • Beautiful ocean view in the world’...

    Beautiful ocean view in the world’s best climate! Construction on a new house with two attached apartments began in September 2014, with completion expected by March 2014. One of the apartments ...

    Beautiful ocean view in the world’s best climate!
  • Chile Residency: Plain and Simple

    You’ve probably heard about countries that offer an “economic citizenship” package. Some of these countries have a fairly swift and non-intrusive process. For those considering Chile, regardless...

    Chile Residency: Plain and Simple
  • Weather: It Matters – Viña del Mar...

    When we’re looking for places to visit, especially if we consider them to be possible expatriation destinations, there are several criteria we consider. Some of these include basic freedom, prop...

    Weather: It Matters – Viña del Mar Tops the List
  • Chicha Festival en Curacaví – 2014

    The night is far too short! Luke Blackburn and Niccoló Viviani nod in agreement. The night was still young, but we had a bus to catch in order to make it back to Reñaca from Curacavi. That morning I w...

    Chicha Festival en Curacaví – 2014
  • Choosing International Medical Insurance...

    As I mentioned in my last article, Finding International Medical Insurance, there are a lot of options when it comes to travel medical insurance. In fact, the search can be overwhelming. You may find ...

    Choosing International Medical Insurance (Part 2)
  • Traveling to Chile – Tourist Visa

    When traveling to Chile, there are some procedures you will need to follow and restrictions which may impact you.  Primarily, of course, you will need a valid passport. There are two forms which every...

    Traveling to Chile – Tourist Visa
Is That a Hamburger Walking Around Santiago?

Is That a Hamburger Walking Around Santiago?

I like to walk. Whether it’s in a city street teeming with strangers, a fading forest path winding through fir trees, or a strip of sand cuddling up to an ocean shore – walking never fails to calm my oft fragmented mind. And since I left my family and friends behind, quit my studies to work at an education startup, and moved from Hamburg, Ger...

Chile Moves Up to 13 on EIU Business Environment Rankings

Chile Moves Up to 13 on EIU Business Environment Rankings

When we take a look at the world markets, we’re still surprised that Chile doesn’t get more attention than it does. A business friendly environment, along with a relatively inexpensive workforce, provides a great deal of opportunity for the entrepreneur. While Chile is gaining more attention in recent years, a lot of countries that offe...

A Tour: Reñaca Beach to Viña del Mar

A Tour: Reñaca Beach to Viña del Mar

Sometimes we walk to get someplace. Our focus is merely to put one leg in front of the other in order to reach...

How Fast Could a Crisis Wipe You Out? – Part II

How Fast Could a Crisis Wipe You Out? – Part II

[Featured Image: The Euro on the decline: should we really be surprised by the Swiss central bank policy change that rocked markets worldwide last month? This chart shows we had plenty of warning.] See How Fast Could a Crisis Wipe You Out? – Part I. The EUR/CHF currency shock was unexpected in its timing, but anyone could look at a currency c...

Searching for World Peace? Start with Chile!

Searching for World Peace? Start with Chile!

Obviously, no one place is perfect. This is probably even more apparent with governments constantly pursuing ways to tax and control lives. Most of us would be satisfied with someplace where we could simply be left alone. We don’t want the threat of war. We don’t want to pay for wars. We don’t want to have to fear being beaten or ...