Steph and I made it to Chile this week – the first stop is Santiago. We had heard a lot of great things about Santiago and Chile in general, so needless to say, we were pretty optimistic about our time there.
But we also come to Chile at a fascinating time in their history. After years of unrest and growing wealth disparities, in 2020, 78% of voters in the national plebiscite voted in favor of re-writing the current constitution. A NEW constitution – just sit with that one for a second.
After two years of drafting and revising a newly proposed constitution, the Chilean people will vote on whether or not to ratify an entirely new constitution on September 4th, 2022.
So yeah, the stakes are pretty high.
And I’ll be honest, the tension is quite palpable here. On many occasions, we were told to be careful, and once, someone even said we were being followed.
Aside from the general unrest and subliminal tension, Santiago does feel quite…familiar. And not in any necessarily good ways. More homeless, more fast food, more *commercial*, however you want to interpret that. And admittedly, the city doesn’t quite hit like Buenos Aires did…but that brings up another existential question: can you (or should you) actually like or dislike a place? But that’s a debate for another time.
Anyway, the mountains are quite beautiful.