I came to Chile from Australia so I could establish an alternative financial base, because in my opinion there will be a severe international downturn brought on by the excesses of governments abusing their fiat currencies, and I reckon Chile will be affected less than Australia.jamie_m wrote:What tipped you over the edge if you don't mind me asking?
I expected to take a two to five years to establish viable business interests in Chile, then be free to travel between the two countries.
I made little progress in two years.
The dysfunction and bureaucracy I encounter in Chile is NOT my principal reason for leaving. I lived and worked in countries whose governments and societies were much more dysfunctional than Chile. But, in those countries, I had the ability to detect when issues existed, investigate those issues and resolve those issues because I could read the laws, regulations, contracts and speak with people in order to debug those issues by correcting their actions or taking action myself. It was difficult to get things done, but at least it was possible for me to be pro-active about issues which arose, and more possible for me to adjust to the cultures in those countries.
Here in Chile I can not do that. I am entirely dependent upon others. I have little control over my destiny.
I am an active person. I like to do and experience things in my personal and professional/business life. Perhaps I could live in Chile if I was docile and did nothing. But I can't tolerate having to sit around for weeks or months waiting for others to accomplish things (or NOT accomplish them) because I can not resolve them myself.
My experience with the Chilean government is that, even if I research their laws and regulations, they rarely follow them. Yes, it is true that this is rarely due to corruption and more likely due to incompetence, ignorance or cultural fear of making a decision (even when shown a regulation/policy published by their govt supports the decision). But, even if there is a legal recourse for their action or inaction, my dependence on others and my inability to understand legal documents and proceedings makes accomplishing anything a costly, long-term, unpredictable nightmare. (Incorrect denial of my permanent resident visa application is one of several incidents.)
Imagine the difficulty I would have if there is a personal (civil) legal dispute which must be resolved, whether because of a mistake I made or because someone is attempting to scam me or a business I own. I would be almost defenceless.
And try resolving a simple day-to-day customer service issue with a Chilean on the phone when you do not have mastery of the language. It is almost impossible. We all know how often that is necessary!
If I intended to do almost nothing in Chile I might be able to tolerate such a lifestyle, but that is not me.
After two years, I have spent a lot of money and time accomplishing almost nothing. At the age of sixty, I do not want to spend a decade or more attempting to learn enough of the language to resolve issues directly.
Maybe I would feel differently if I found a sincere, loyal, competent Chilean business partner with whom I could develop businesses, but three (not related) people who (in separate potential arrangements) said they wanted to work with me to create businesses all turned out to be flakes and did not invest any time or effort into starting the businesses. All talk, no action.
In my opinion, there will be more issues to resolve in Australia than in Chile, but at least in Australia I will have a chance of resolving them effectively instead of having to live a passive life at the effect of others' whims in Chile.
So, I'm out of here!
(I might check out some other country(s) after I recover emotionally, financially and my fitness.)