During my days here, I have noticed some more interesting things
1. A ton of dogs on the street. Its funny when a pack of them chase cars down the street (and to think in Chicago, dogs actually get stolen).
2. Public affection is huge here, when I walk through the parks, all the benches are packed with young couples making out.
3. A word on public transportation. The Metro (train system) here is very efficient here. Its very clean and upkept. The trains don´t make a lot of noise either and they come every few minutes with few issues. The only bad thing is that the train stops at 11PM. How is that a developing city like Santiago has a better train system than Chicago? Its embarrasing that Chicago´s cars are 50 years old, noisy as hell, and frequent breakdowns and stops. My current commute is about 10-15 minutes and I am probably going as far as Addison to downtown. The bus system has gotten worse in the last few years. I read that 2 years ago, all buses were privatized and so buses kinda ran like cabs competing for fares. But the govt decided that they wanted to intergrate the bus/train system, so the govt took more control and a ton of bus routes were scrapped. A friend of mine was saying that 13 different buses went next to his house, now he is down to 1 bus. So all the buses now are packed. But still, waiting 20-45 minutes for a bus here is unheard of.
4. Even McDonalds taste different! I can see how in a few months, I will start to miss some of my fav foods and brands......
So I am still looking for a apartment. So far, I have looked at two different ones. The first one would be with 2 other roomates (both Chilean), and they are a little older about 30. The downside about this apartment is that her brother sometimes would be living with us. So, crashing on the couch, etc. That could get a little bothersome at times. Plus, since they are a little older, they are a little more chill, than I would like. So, probably a no, on this apartment.
I looked at another place today, that would be living with 3 other girls. All of them are really nice (2 chilean girls and a US teacher). They aren´t girly at all. Benefits of this place is they only speak Spanish in the house (they know English), so it would give me 3 times to practice Spanish and it gives me 3 different outlets to meet people which is nice. The place is nice too, clean and I would have my own master bathroom too. Its cheaper than some of the other places. Its going for about $250 bucks. The downside here is the location, its not as close to the train as some of the other places. Its probably about a 10 min walk to the station, so we are probably looking at a 30 minute commute. Not bad, but if my classes are all over the place, it could be bothersome.
I am looking at one more place tomorrow and then I will probably make a decision. Tomorrow is a 22 Chilean girl who is a student, who speaks no English. Should be interesting!