4 Months in Patagonia, or A Series of Unfortunate Events

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4 Months in Patagonia, or A Series of Unfortunate Events

Post by chilco » Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:11 am

So, after living 4 months in Patagonia while looking for land, we are beaten up, exhausted, drained, and down $10,000. We are beginning to question if this is really where we want to live. At least, we figure we’ve learned some things in our time here. Hence the following:

1) It will cost three times as much as you think it will.

2) You will drink three times as much as you think you will.

3) Any mechanic who claims to be your friend is not.

4) Anytime you take a day trip, you will end up stuck there for a week.

5) Never go to Patagonia with someone who sees trouble around every corner. Inevitably, they’ll always be right

6 ) Be aware of your mechanic’s marital status; if he decides to get a divorce and leave town while your vehicle is in his care, his ex-wife will refuse to give you the only key to your ignition for a month, just to spite him.

7) Chileans will tell you never to trust any Chileans, including themselves

8.The gringo expats that you meet here are three times as neurotic as the Chileans.

9) Sometimes the only way to get cash in Chile is to go to Argentina.

10) Patagonia is the most beautiful place on earth.

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Re: 4 Months in Patagonia, or A Series of Unfortunate Events

Post by seawolf180 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:34 am

chilco wrote:So, after living 4 months in Patagonia while looking for land, we are beaten up, exhausted, drained, and down $10,000. We are beginning to question if this is really where we want to live. At least, we figure we’ve learned some things in our time here. Hence the following:

1) It will cost three times as much as you think it will.

2) You will drink three times as much as you think you will.

3) Any mechanic who claims to be your friend is not.

4) Anytime you take a day trip, you will end up stuck there for a week.

5) Never go to Patagonia with someone who sees trouble around every corner. Inevitably, they’ll always be right

6 ) Be aware of your mechanic’s marital status; if he decides to get a divorce and leave town while your vehicle is in his care, his ex-wife will refuse to give you the only key to your ignition for a month, just to spite him.

7) Chileans will tell you never to trust any Chileans, including themselves

8.The gringo expats that you meet here are three times as neurotic as the Chileans.

9) Sometimes the only way to get cash in Chile is to go to Argentina.

10) Patagonia is the most beautiful place on earth.
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Re: 4 Months in Patagonia, or A Series of Unfortunate Events

Post by greg~judy » Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:52 am

chilco wrote:So, after living 4 months in Patagonia while looking for land, we are beaten up, exhausted, drained, and down $10,000. We are beginning to question if this is really where we want to live. At least, we figure we’ve learned some things in our time here...
sorry to hear this, dear chilco...
will you stay and fight - or where to next?
regardless - please always remember to remember those beautiful chilco blossoms?
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Re: 4 Months in Patagonia, or A Series of Unfortunate Events

Post by zer0nz » Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:41 pm

only 4 months... you made it, trust me if you can get past that 3 month limit..... your on your way... ;)

keep at it, some time between 18 months and 2 years you will start loving it...... go back through forum posts about the people who have made it past 2 years... you will find they went through the exact same stuff as you have....

we are all still here... and we are not leaving!!!!


patagonia, santiago, its all the same.....

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Re: 4 Months in Patagonia, or A Series of Unfortunate Events

Post by nwdiver » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:15 pm

Now the real test, winter in Patagonia,survive it and you are in. Good idea to live there for awhile to really see it.
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Re: 4 Months in Patagonia, or A Series of Unfortunate Events

Post by carica » Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:13 pm

chilco wrote: 8.The gringo expats that you meet here are three times as neurotic as the Chileans.

*cough*PATX!*cough*

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Re: 4 Months in Patagonia, or A Series of Unfortunate Events

Post by chilco » Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:48 pm

Thanks, all, for the words of support. I can't say exactly where we are living now, for reasons I can't go into. We are thinking about checking out some neighboring countries, now that our truck is finally functional, just to get a contrast.
Ha ha, PX, even more true than you know at the moment......

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Re: 4 Months in Patagonia, or A Series of Unfortunate Events

Post by chilco » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:46 am

Last night I was chatting with the woman who runs the local liquor store. She says that they can't restock now, because trucks coming up from down south are getting robbed around Coyhaique. She also implied that people carrying money or wearing jewelry are getting robbed, and that things down there are out of control. We've got enough gas stockpiled to get away, and enough food stored to last us through the month. We have a few properties to go see, and then need to situate my travel trailer before we hit the road. Hopefully we can accomplish this before the storm hits up here.

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