Three Coincidences in Adventure & Investing South

by | Sep 29, 2012 | Archives

Two coincidences (plus one other below) have reinforced my recommendation to have adventure, personal growth and investments in South America.

This note came from a delegate at our September 2012 Super Spanish course.

Gary and Merri,   Thank you very much for the hospitality.  The class was AWESOME, the food incredible and the weekend, for me, life changing,

That is what we look for… ideas that exciting, fun, interesting and life changing.

We find clues in many ways and one set of flags we always watch for are coincidences… so after we set a Super Thinking + Spanish course Montevideo, Uruguay was on my mind.  One of the delegates at the course, an American, lived part of the year in Switzerland and was moving their winter home to Montevideo.

Then my attention (by another coincidence) was really captured when my friend, Steve Rosberg, sent me the note below.

Merri and I first met Steve in Ecuador about 16 years ago when he became my banker there.

Over the years our friendship grew as we participated together in charitable events to help Ecuador’s indigenous population.

Steve grew up in Denmark and Argentina so we had many common interests and spent a lot of time together in Florida and at our farm here in North Carolina as well as Ecuador.

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Meeting in the conference center at our North Carolina farm with my Danish-Ecuador bankers. Steve Rosberg to my left (right facing)… Teddy Christiansen to my right.

Last week Steve sent me this note:

Dear Gary,

I have been wanting to write to you about living in Montevideo, and now is the time:

Our Serenoa building, in the lovely suburb of Carrasco, is reaching completion.

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Serenoa Building.

I remember Carrasco since I was a child.

Carrasco was the first stop on the long flight from Buenos Aires to visit my grandmother in Copenhagen. My first trip was in 1956, on an SAS DC7 and took around 36 hours and nine stops to get there.

The local SAS manager, Jan, was a friend of my parents. So, when we landed around lunch time, it was dry martinis (for them, I was five!) and a friendly moment while the plane refuelled.

A couple of years later, we went to the Jan’s to house-sit and take a few days of vacation. They lived in Carrasco, and we spent most of the time on the beach, a couple of blocks away. Tree lined streets and the slow, lazy summer days are the strong lingering impression that remains.

Since then, I have been to Montevideo any number of times, and whenever I can, I stay in Carrasco. The commute into Ciudad Vieja is less than fifteen minutes along the beautiful waterfront, Rambla. And in rush hour? Well, maybe twenty minutes.

In any case, you have probably read much in the past couple of years about Uruguay as a good “retirement destination” – as some would put it – or simply as a wonderful place to move to, full or part time.

There are compelling fiscal reasons for which this makes sense, starting with Uruguay not taxing  residents on their world-wide income. Personally, though, I have never understood choosing a domicile based on tax matters alone.

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Uruguay Beach.

The real reasons to choose Uruguay (and Carrasco in particular) have to do with lifestyle and the pace of life.

As I have never actually lived in Carrasco, we asked Ana Köncke – an “international local” – to tell us about life in there. All we asked is that she give us a brief description of her view and experience.

Here is what Ana wrote:

Carrasco – Quality Life Surrounded by Nature

Located on the east side of Montevideo, at a very short distance from downtown and a few minutes from Carrasco International Airport, Carrasco is a tranquil and idyllic neighborhood for families, expats, retirees and other people seeking an enhanced, relaxed and healthy lifestyle.

Carrasco is considered the most luxurious “barrio” in Montevideo, with residences in the finest architectural styles, exquisitely landscaped gardens, and swimming pools.

Salvador Sebastian Carrasco was one of the first settlers of Montevideo and this is where the name “Carrasco” comes from. At first, this neighborhood was the summer destination for wealthy citizens who decided to have their second residence here.  Nowadays, it continues to be one of the favorite places to live in for Uruguayans as well as for expats, diplomats, and long-term visitors.

Being a resident in Carrasco means having the option to choose amongst several clubs and sporting activities.  The Carrasco Lawn Tennis, Montevideo Cricket Club and The Carrasco Polo Club offer different activities such as: tennis, cricket, field hockey, squash, rugby, soccer, riding and polo amongst others.  In case golf is your favorite sport, you just need to drive a couple of minutes and you will be able to play in the great golf courses of La Tahona Golf Club  (La Tahona) or Club de Golf del Uruguay (Punta Carretas).

If you feel like enjoying nature in all its splendor you may stroll along La Rambla while you experience a perfect sunrise. During summer, you can decide whether it’s better to go for a jog on the long sandy beach, ride your bike or go kite-surfing.

Fine restaurants serving local and international cuisine can also be found in this neighbourhood.  In particular, with its upscale atmosphere, Café Misterio’s sushi is one of the best in town. Clyde’s offers a real English pub feeling, serving good food and drinks, in a very relaxed ambience.

The best private schools located  in Carrasco include: The Uruguayan American School, The British Schools and Scuola Italiana di Montevideo, amongst others.  These schools offer quality education, very good facilities, and encourage bilingual or trilingual studies. Some kids ride their bikes to school, and school buses and car pooling are available and are also good options.

Going shopping for groceries is not a big deal. You can either go to Tienda Inglesa, Devoto or if you feel like driving a little bit further you can visit Geant. In Portones Shopping you can also find many shops, cafés, restaurants and the MovieCenter. Some clothing stores are located on Arocena and on the nearby streets.

Over the last five years, Uruguay’s real estate market has developed and property values have risen steadily.  In Carrasco, there has been a growing trend to transform old houses into offices and into commercial spaces. This change can be seen on the main street where retail stores, real estate companies, travel agencies and banks can be found. Nevertheless, Carrasco still has a much lower housing density than most other areas in Montevideo.

Carrasco is the finest, most exclusive and relaxing residential neighborhood to live in.  Once you decide to live here you can start experiencing the best quality life surrounded by nature.   Ana Köncke

Steve continued:

Of course, you should come and see for yourself.

Aside from (or because of) the wonderful lifestyle offered by Uruguay, and its fiscal advantages, it has enjoyed a very healthy economic growth rate during the last decade.

There are several drivers.

In my opinion, the surge in farming investment and technology by Argentine investors is probably the main one. Efficient, high growth-rate forestry, and the resulting investment in pulp-mills, have had a strong impact too.

And finally, little by little, Uruguay is being discovered as a very high-quality lifestyle destination by Europeans, North Americans, Argentines and Brazilians.  This is what underlies the steady expansion in quality real-estate in and around Montevideo, despite it being almost completely a cash market.

We see no reason for these trends to reverse anytime soon, and indeed, we expect them to grow stronger.  And the fact that real estate is primarily purchased in cash protects home buyers against real-estate bubbles, making it one of the safest real estate markets in today’s world.

And so we get to our Serenoa building.

We designed Serenoa to serve the growing market of Carrasco residents exchanging traditional family homes for large, airy, light-filled apartments with lush garden views – as well as for residents and investors from around the world looking for a luxurious, peaceful and prosperous neighborhood.

I’m writing to invite you to become one of this select group of only eight homeowners and investors.  

For details and views on the property, please click on the following link to download the latest on Serenoa and the next to see the location in Google Maps.

We’ve priced Serenoa to offer investors wanting to rent and hold an apartment to achieve a current rental revenue which we conservatively estimate at around 9% per year. With the influx of high net-worth foreigners to the area, rentals and property values will continue to increase, making this not only a potentially attractive lifestyle opportunity, but an excellent hedge against inflation and thus a compelling real-estate investment too.

The property is being offered by Perez del Castillo Negocios Inmobiliarios, who are leading realtors in Carrasco and know the area very intimately.

When we last met with Juan Manuel Perez del Castillo, we mentioned that we would be sending this email to all those who we deemed could have an interest in living or having revenue in Montevideo. We have deliberately not copied Juan Manuel as we won’t disclose your email without your consent,  but if Serenoa is of interest to you,  I will be happy to put you in touch with him.  If not, I can still highly recommend him as a trusted real estate agent in Montevideo.

In any case, contact me, or – better still – contact my son Martin at martin@ushay.com , who has all the details on the building at the tip of his fingers.

We look forward to doing business together.  With best wishes,  Steve Rosberg

I sent this along to Super Spanish teacher, Spiro Michas, who is conducting a Super Thinking + Spanish course in Montevideo and he replied:  What  a coincidence, I know the person Steve  is referencing – Ana Koncke.  I met her last year at some of the expat meetings.   She’s originally from Uruguay but has lived in Austria, France and the US before recently returning.  She’s a lovely, interesting lady and we still keep in touch.  What a small world indeed!

Coincidences of this nature suggest that something life changing could be afoot so I have asked Spiro and Steve to get together so Super Spanish delegates can see some Uruguay real estate while learning Spanish.

Spiro Michas teaching Super Spanish in Montevideo.

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See details of the Montevideo  Super Thinking + Spanish Course here.

Gary

Learn Spanish in Three Days

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I’m Gary Scott.  Over fifty years ago I started a business that has helped hundreds of thousands of subscribers learn about investing in Hong Kong (1960s and 1970s), Switzerland, London, Isle of Man (1970s and 1980s) and across Europe. My wife Merri and I took thousands on investing tours to these countries.

In the 1990s we began taking investors to Panama, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador.  That’s when we realized an incredible need for an easy, super fast way to learn Spanish.  Our delegates were business people with hard schedules and tight deadlines.  They did not have months, or even weeks to learn a second language.

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Merri teaching a Super Spanish course in Florida.

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For example action is accion.

Education-educacion.

Manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

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The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.  When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

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When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

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Here are some testimonials from the course.

Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week, and I’m on to a new career.  What is my new career?  Still formulating, but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (www.sundaybaroque.org).  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

“They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend this course.  Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you.  This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.

“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!” Nadine Taylor

The ONLINE Super Spanish course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee. Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund. 

The course is available at the highly reduced price of $149, but in this special offer we are knocking another $70 from the price so you can start now for only $79.  

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Still not sure?

Take just ten minutes to let me prove to you that this super fast way to gain the basics can let you can communicate in Spanish in an incredibly short time.

Gary

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The ONLINE Super Spanish course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee. Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund. 

The course is available at the highly reduced price of $149, but in this special offer we are knocking another $70 from the price so you can start now for only $79.  

Learn Spanish online $79 - using coupon code SPANISH70 at checkout to immediately save $70 off the regular price of $149.