Do you know how many times I’ve gotten the reaction- “there are skyscrapers in Santiago!?!?!??!” to one of my Instagram photos? One too many ….
Now that I’ve lived in Santiago for the better part of a year and a half, it’s strange to think that most of my friends and family back home don’t know the first thing about this city, or my life here.
Even though I’m constantly posting on my blog and all forms of social media, I swear most people still think I’m down here galloping in on a donkey to work and leaving my apartment in the middle of the night to pee in an outhouse. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration …
I can’t say I blame them though, as I had absolutely no idea what to expect from “Chilean life” before moving here. Sure I had google-imaged the city skyline, and looked up all your typical touristy “top 10’s,” but the truth is, this was the first time I packed up my bags and head somewhere without doing my usual in-depth research. I flew down to South America for the first time without so much as a clue.
Now that this city is starting to feel like home, I knew it was time to give “a little look at my expat life” here, the reason why I started this series. It’s time people back home (and anyone else who’s interested) got a look at the real Santiago I live and work in every day. The Santiago that I’ve come to know and to love (most of the time).
And yes, for those of you who didn’t know, there are quite a few tall buildings here. Some of us even have central heating, running water and indoor toilets! 😛
“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” -Jo Walton ** * It’s been cold, damp and pretty dark over here in Santiago recently. But hey- shorter days means I’ve caught both the sunrise & sunset almost everyday. And when they look like this, who can complain. 🙌🏼 #yoamoviajarporchile
As for size reference, I’ll compare Santiago to my home city of New York.
As of July 2016, the population of New York City was around 8.5 million. The current population of Santiago is around 7 million.
New York’s 5 borrows measure out to a whopping 789 square km, while Santiago, Chile boasts around 641 square km.
Okay, so not quite as big as the “BIG Apple,” but still pretty freakin’ huge!
And while, the super smoggy urban sprawl of Santiago definitely has its fair share of faults, there’s one feature of this city that takes my breath away day after day. It’s the first thing I look at when I wake up every morning and what I often catch myself gazing at through my 18th story window at work.
If you follow me on Instagram, this may be no surprise- I’m head over heels, hopelessly in love with Santiago’s skyline.
Whenever I get up high enough to admire what quickly turns into a little Lego city surrounded by picture-perfect snow-sprinkled mountains, I just about melt into a big stupid pile of gawking mush. I just can’t get enough.
So today, I’m giving you a little inside look at one of my favorite neighborhoods in Santiago from above, Providencia. Watch my quick video below to see what Santiago really looks like!
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What’d you think of Providencia? Were you expecting Santiago to look like this? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Welcome to Wanderful Wednesdays!
Consider yourself a wanderer?! Well then, this Blog Hop is for you!
Meet your hosts: ME, Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World.
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