- 6 July 2001
Santiago, with almost six million people, is a city with countless offerings. Culture on every scale and religion – 90% of Chileans are Catholic, which is evident by the countless cathedrals. Politics – petty to big-time as the nation’s capital. Grand and fading Colonial architecture coupled with decades-old, utilitarian structures. Narrow roads – potholed to pristine, cheap and lavish foods, sports fans, opera aficionados. Schools for rich, poor, young, old, Spanish, German and English-speakers. Hotels – posh to five-fly, cafés, shopping malls – mega to run-down, car dealerships selling Porsches to Fords, beggars beside lovers, the inescapable, horrible smog and oodles more gifts, attractions and contrasts.