If you are interested in learning more about Chilean culture, and can understand Spanish, you should check out the famous television series that ran for years during the 1980s and 1990s. It is called Al sur del mundo and all of the many dozens of episodes (around 50 mins. each) are available on YouTube. The quality of Spanish language is excellent–hardly typical Chilean. The 1st episode aired in 1982 and the 100th episode ran in 2000. Chile (map) is a mixture of Indian cultures (Aymara, Atacameños and Changos in the north; Picunches, Diaguitas and Mapuches or Araucanos in central Chile; Yamanas, Llaganes, Cuncos, Chonos, Alacalufes, Onas y Huilliches in the south) mixed with Spanish culture, along with a good dose of 19th and 20th century European immigration from Germany, England, France, Italy, Croatia, Switzerland, Israel and the Christian Arab World (Syria, Palestine and Lebanon). [image source]

     Much of Chile was significantly impacted by these waves of immigration. The German influence is widely seen in the south from Temuco to Puerto Montt, and even to Coyhaique, as well as in Valparaíso. British influence is seen in Valparaíso, Antofagasta and Iquique. Just about every major immigration has impacted Punta Arenas and Santiago. Nowadays, Chile has more than a quarter-million foreign residents from other Latin American countries and about 60,000 from First World countries: the United States, Spain, Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Australia, South Korea and a few more from many other places. These new arrivals are more consumers of culture than creators of culture. At any rate, Chile is somewhat of a melting pot and the appearance of people is more European than most other Latin American counties (Argentina and Uruguay excluded). Many of the customs are quaint and colorful. Cultural awareness is certainly desirable for any prospective immigrant. The series also gives one a glimpse of the varied topography and scenery in Chile.

     Chile has a new sustainable community starting called Freedom Orchard. Check it out. Invest in it, and diversify out of the decaying assets in “First World” nations. Also, be sure to tune in to Dr. Cobin’s radio program: “Red Hot Chile” at noon (ET) on Fridays on the Overseas Radio Network (ORN). You can login at www.overseasradio.com. You can also join the thousands of other people who download the shows each month via the link provided on the ORN website (recorded show updated every Monday morning). Be sure, too, to visit www.allaboutchile.com for discussion and forums about the country.
     Dr. Cobin’s book, Life in Chile: A Former American’s Guide for Newcomers, is the most comprehensive treatise on Chilean life ever written, designed to help newcomers get settled in Chile. He covers almost ever topic imaginable for immigrants. This knowledge is applied in his valet consulting service (see http://www.chile-consulting.cl), where he guides expatriates through the process of finding a place to live and settle in Chile, helping them glide over the speed bumps that they would otherwise face in getting their visas, setting up businesses, buying real estate, investing in Chilean stocks or gold coins, etc. The cost is $49. If you have problems getting the book through the www.escapeamericanow.info or Overseasradio.com site, since the ORN Store is sometimes closed for maintenance, please use the PayPal info noted below.
     Dr. Cobin’s sequel book, Expatriates to Chile: Topics for Living, adds even further depth on important topics to expatriates who either live in Chile already or who have Chile on the short list of countries where they hope to immigrate. The book deals with crucial issues pertaining to urban and rural real estate transactions, natural disasters, issues pertaining to emigration and its urgency, money and the quality of life, medical care and insurance, business opportunities, social manifestations (including welfare state and divorce policy concerns), Chile in the freedom indices, social maladies (lying, cheating, stealing and murder), as well as discussion of a few places worth visiting and some further comments about Santiago. Note: If the link to buy the book at the 
www.escapeamericanow.info or Overseasradio.com site does not appear, since the ORN Store is sometimes closed for maintenance, just send US$39 by PayPal to jcobin@policyofliberty.net and send an email or PayPal notice that you have completed your order. A download link will be sent to you directly. 
    The www.escapeamericanow.info and Overseasradio.com websites also have Dr. Cobin’s abridged book (56 pages): Chile: A Primer for Expats ($19), or the little book can also be obtained directly by following the aforementioned PayPal steps.

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