I have lived in Santiago Chile for 8 of the last 12 months because it is exciting and affordable; exciting because a gigantic earthquake rocks and rolls the place every 25 years; and affordable because the government creates no land shortages by refusing permission for land developers to construct houses and commercial buildings.
Most of the cities in the United States are not densely populated, so wasting time in traffic jams is a large part of life. Lively dense cities like New York, Washington, Boston, and San Francisco are very expensive and the climate is cold.
Santiago is cold in the southern hemisphere winter, so I passed the northern hemisphere summer in Fort Collins, Colorado. My wife and I moved all our belongings into storage and are seeking to rent our house.
The biggest downside of Santiago is that it is so much further from the United States than Mexico, but we’ve lost some of our eagerness to fly now that the government insists on feeling up our private parts at the airport. The air in Santiago is as polluted as Denver, LA, Vegas and other western USA cities located next to mountains.
We passed the previous 3 winters in La Paz, the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, best known for the tourist city of Cabo San Lucas. La Paz has a few thousand tourists who sail, kitesurf, and snorkel; but most of the population is Mexican (including Olympic silver medal synchronized diving winners Paola and Tatiani) and I enjoyed living in a city where not everything was designed to make people from the USA feel at home.
I consider it an education to live in another country because a Sovereign Individual Mastering the Transition to the Information Age chooses to live in a place based on knowledge rather than fear of the unknown. I learned to sail a 27 foot sailboat that I owned in La Paz, as well as a fair amount of oral and written Spanish. Some of the Americans I met in La Paz had been to Chile and raved about it, so I decided to research the country.
Chile has benefited from a unique history that is significantly different from other Latin American countries. I’ll elaborate in future posts.
Have you ever lived in another country or visited one and hope to live there in the future? Why did or do you want to live there?