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There are some places where you never feel as if you are a stranger. Even though you’ve never seen the place before, you feel some kinship….some familiarity. You can find yourself walking down avenues and boulevards that you may have once dreamt about, but it was never real until now.
Some places, instantly make you feel at home.
I felt that way about Santiago, Chile. It is a magnificent city that was a complex combination of the best of several centuries. One of the things that I noticed is that it is bustling and business-centric much like New York City.
While Santiago is roughly half the size of New York City and boasts two-thirds of its population, I never felt quite as claustrophobic in Santiago as I do in New York.
I think it’s because the city’s grid system makes more sense, city blocks are massive which allows for more free-flowing pedestrian traffic as well as an improved and cohesive vehicular traffic, both public and private.
Today – Santiago, Chile is one of the major financial centers in the world. Bolstered by the presence of several multi-national corporations, a thriving middle class, a solid infrastructure including a top-notch subway system that acts as the blood through the city’s vast arteries.
So, yes, it is like most metropolitan cities. It has a little bit to offer anyone no matter their particular proclivities. We decided to rent a lovely apartment during our stay and got to experience the city as the locals do.
One thing that we noticed while watching television that we could easily master fluent Spanish within three months if we fully immersed ourselves by speaking Spanish only to our neighbors.
The food is great, the environment is exceptional, the people friendly, the infrastructure constantly improving…..why wouldn’t anyone find this appealing?
What city has similarly moved you? Is there another place that you would move to in a heartbeat if you could? Feel free to share your dream destination in the comments section.