@ThatWench I'm basically "outsourced" staff and working online for a North American-based company after seeing a job posting on a site for gringos. However, in Chile (where I am) there are so many foreign companies in the technology, mining, etc. areas that it IS possible to find opportunities for English-speakers, though you'll get paid a fraction of what you would anywhere else and will often have to have a good knowledge of Spanish. So until something arises, there's always teaching...which, yeah, kind of sucks in a saturated market (I hated it!).
@shart_attack There is a fabulous expat community here in Santiago. Join us!
@adorable-eggplant Thank you! I highly recommend it. I should also add that there is more wine drinking than probably appropriate but that just comes with living in a country with cheap and excellent wine.
@adorable-eggplant Very true! Best decision I ever made.
Once upon a time a single woman lost her job just days before her 30th birthday. She took an appropriate amount of time to feel sorry for herself before saying "Screw it all!" and moving to South America. 8 months later she still doesn't speak Spanish very well but she has a great paying job, a lovely group of friends and very much enjoys living in this new country. Oh, and she also met an awesome man who tells her how amazing she is every day. The end.
So much great stuff this week!
@Kulojam You can email me at whatsherface [at] hotmail [dot] ca if you want to get in touch...
@Kulojam Yes! Meet-up!!
@Kulojam Agreed. I originally came to Santiago as a volunteer with an NGO and there was just something about it that I loved...so I decided to come back and live here for a while. I found it to be a pretty easy transition (despite my lack of Spanish) although the food is certainly nothing to rave about. It's easy to take day trips to hike in the mountains, to explore Valparaíso or to sit on the beach in Viña del Mar. I haven't yet had the opportunity to go anywhere further outside the city but I'd love to get to San Pedro de Atacama.
Any chance there are other 'Pinners in Santiago? :)
@Chiara Atik@twitter I was just in Buenos Aires two weeks ago and there is tango in the streets...but it feels really cheesy and not-at-all-romantic because it's mostly contained to a small, very touristy part of town. I'd recommend paying to see an evening tango show instead. Also, yeah, they are none too pleased with the British still. You'll see a lot of demonstrations about the Islas Malvinas (Falklands).
In all, I liiiiked Buenos Aires but I feel like it's trying very hard to hold onto that image of being romantic and bustling when in reality it's really crumbling and dirty (probably due to previously mentioned economic problems).