As mentioned we often list the things we think we’re going to miss about Santiago. This is a good way to focus on the positives and will also be fun to see if we’re correct in our assessments.
- Ciclorecriovia We’ve mentioned our love for this program before. It’s such a wonderful gift to a city and is so well attended every Sunday. Getting to ride, run or skate without worry of car traffic is so relaxing and a wonderful way to see the city.
- The view of the Andes mountains. When not blocked by smog, we have a very clear view of the Andes mountain range all around us. It’s such a treat to be able to see the often snow covered peaks all day. Also, the smog does allow for some pretty killer mountain sunsets.
- Walkability. We have everything we really need within walking distance. We’ve walked to 4 different grocery stores from our house, a hardware store, plenty of parks with numerous activities, and lots of restaurant choices. We wanted to experience city living, and we really feel like we are doing just that.
- Choir. The kids participate in a two hour free neighborhood choir program each Saturday. This is so beneficial because it provides time for them to be with other kids, make some friends, and speak Spanish. They sing in Spanish and will perform twice in December. The best part might be that it gives Mark and me two hours alone to walk, talk, and have coffee together. We’ve come to cherish those Saturday morning dates.
- Skateboard class. Wilson has become quite the skater and each week attends a two hour skateboard class in our local park. He’s made a friend that he has invited over to skateboard and overall truly enjoys the play and instruction. The class it taught by a woman and man, and the woman has done a truly amazing job at helping the kids learn and practice. It’s a fantastic free program offered by the city.