Three Coincidences in Adventure & Investing South

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.

Uruguay Property

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 , 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.


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Speaking Spanish is a huge benefit on its own.  You can become one of the rare North Americans who can get along in Spanish speaking countries.  You can be one of the special people who can communicate with 10 million non-English speakers in the USA.  Spanish is the second most used language in the USA.  There are more Spanish speakers than speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined.  According to the Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language of nearly 50 million people in the US.  This is the largest Spanish-speaking community outside of Mexico. Only half of these speakers also speak English “very well,” and 19% do not speak Spanish at all.

You can tap into all this potential when you speak Spanish.  Yet there are more benefits.

An article in England’s leading newspaper, the Telegraph, entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism” (1) sum up the biggest benefit of learning a second language and increased intelligence.  The article says: “Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for traveling.  It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English.  Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process.  The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”

The article then explains studies that show seven cognitive advantages gained from learning a foreign language.

#1:  You become smarter
#2:  You build multitasking skills
#3:  You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
#4:  Your memory improves
#5:  You become more perceptive
#6:  Your decision-making skills improve
#7:  You improve your English

Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days?  Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the old, traditional way.

Though you may choose to take more time using this course to learn Spanish, thousands of our readers have learned at our Spanish courses.

There is a scientific method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books that create educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun.   This course works because it is education without stress!

This method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov, who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.

Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s.  She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for  four decades. It was a delight!

Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and then applied them to teach Spanish in three days.

The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system.  You can read a few of the many raves we have received from delegates who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created.

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 (  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.

 “The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning.  The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price.  The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless.  Muchas, muchas gracias.”

“I loved the relaxed environment.  I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary.  I found this course very informative about how the language works, how I can make sentences and understand others better!  Muchas Gracias!  I had a call from Telcel (the local phone company) after our second class and I was able to speak and understand them for the first time. Despacio (meaning slowly) … a great word!  Everyone should take this course before they pick up bad habits.”

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

“I liked the laid back yet professional approach.  I highly recommend this new, relaxing method of learning Spanish,  I feel a lot more confident in the delivery of my words and sentences. It was taught in an excellent and very professional way.

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

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The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process.  At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov.

The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time.   Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.

Here is the proof.

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read the sentence?  You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.

See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.

By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.

Plus the system is Impro-Dynamic.  This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.

I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became.  My second language was automatically improving The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.  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 .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .  

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

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.

Due to the difficulty of getting groups together to learn this valuable technique, we created an online program for subscribers to use the Super Spanish course at home.  Normally $149, this is available at the highly reduced price of $79. Simply use coupon code SPANISH110 at checkout.

I’ll be in touch personally via email with each person who signs up for this course to see how it works or what is required to make it better.  Once this test is complete, we plan to offer the program on a larger scale and at a much higher price.

The ONLINE 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.

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Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the course made it happen in a very supportive learning environment.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to learn “practical Spanish”.  The teaching methods, use of relaxation, the use of native Spanish speakers for pronunciation and the teachers themselves who were approachable and helpful and always positive made this a very valuable class.

This course improved my self confidence in my ability to learn and retain a language.  It was presented with genuine enthusiasm, great energy and the style of learning is very effective. Gracias!  It was a great experience.

Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish.  What an amazing learning experience!!  First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!!  I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class.  And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.

And a few days after that ….  As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish.  At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding.  I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind.  And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence?  I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced!  Thanks a million again.  This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!

If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

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Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

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