Some say that Santiago is the most important city of the country. Maybe in the administrative area, but in my opinion Santiago not peaceful compared with other cities from Chile.
Some things that I like from Santiago are the big variety of people. Here you can find different religions, political beliefs, social strata, nationalities, etc; sharing the same space, especially in the center zone of the city. In spite that the discrimination is still a problem in Santiago, I think that that the life together is nice, compared to other towns that still have a terrible closed mind with some topics, here many cultures can coexist without much problems. Other thing that I like is that here you can find all the services that you need without moving a lot. This is a thing that people of other cities (like me) envy from Santiago. Here you can find many banks, restaurants, stores, etc.
About the things I dislike, are the less peace that I can get, because all the people is always running stressed and with a detestable humor , like they don’t have time to be happy. Other thing is the pollution, not just the smog, also the garbage that is present everyday on the streets; I think that people should be more educated in this aspect. Finally, I hate the public transport; I think that is inhumane keep the people packed into the subway or on the Transantiago like sardines. We are people, not animals!
The changes that I would do are giving to all the people an “Armonyl”, for make them the life easier and less stressed. Finally and the most important is create more green areas, to incentivize the environment care and minimize the consequences of the pollution.
A tip that I give to the visitors is, first of all, take care with their bags because are the favorite people for the thief. Finally have a lot of patience and give yourself the time to know al the spaces of this city that is a little crazy but is nice.