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Old 11-04-2012, 02:21 PM
 
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So I might have to move to a Latin America city for work, where I most likely will have the choice of which one I want but I might not. However, wherever I end up I will have to travel to the other cities on a regular basis. So here are the cities:

Mexico, D.F.
Panama City
Bogota
Sao Paulo
Buenos Aires
Santiago

A little bit about myself. I am Latino, Puerto Rican, Portuguese and Ecuadorian to be exact. I am very in tune with Latin American culture and trilingual in Spanish and Portuguese. However, not as proficient in Portuguese. I actually studied abroad in both Buenos Aires and Santiago loved them both. I will admit I am not a huge fan of Central American culture or Mexican culture.

With that being said here is what I am looking for in a city:
-Good Weather
-Down to Earth People
-Cosmopolitan Culture/Population
-Not too big, but big enough
-A good amount of sophistication in the city's general population
-Easy transportation in and out of the country, as well as to Chicago
-Urban and at least somewhat dense city

For example my favorite cities in the U.S. are Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, San Diego and Boston. As you can see cities that are large enough, but not too large and have a lot of culture within them and their population.

For it would seem like Santiago and Buenos Aires would be the best bet. However, I have already lived in them, and Panama City is actually interesting me a bit. However, I know Panama is REALLY HOT year round which concerns me as I am not a hot hot weather type of person. I can deal with heat, but in the 90's EVERYDAY and humid just kills me.

I am also a big fan of the culture of the Carribbean, the Southern Cone and Brazil.

As much as I would love Mexico City or Sao Paulo I feel like they might be too big. It's kind of like NYC, I love the city, but wouldn't want to live there, it's just too overwhelming.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:01 PM
 
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So I might have to move to a Latin America city for work, where I most likely will have the choice of which one I want but I might not. However, wherever I end up I will have to travel to the other cities on a regular basis. So here are the cities:

Mexico, D.F.
Panama City
Bogota
Sao Paulo
Buenos Aires
Santiago

A little bit about myself. I am Latino, Puerto Rican, Portuguese and Ecuadorian to be exact. I am very in tune with Latin American culture and trilingual in Spanish and Portuguese. However, not as proficient in Portuguese. I actually studied abroad in both Buenos Aires and Santiago loved them both. I will admit I am not a huge fan of Central American culture or Mexican culture.

With that being said here is what I am looking for in a city:
-Good Weather
-Down to Earth People
-Cosmopolitan Culture/Population
-Not too big, but big enough
-A good amount of sophistication in the city's general population
-Easy transportation in and out of the country, as well as to Chicago
-Urban and at least somewhat dense city

For example my favorite cities in the U.S. are Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, San Diego and Boston. As you can see cities that are large enough, but not too large and have a lot of culture within them and their population.

For it would seem like Santiago and Buenos Aires would be the best bet. However, I have already lived in them, and Panama City is actually interesting me a bit. However, I know Panama is REALLY HOT year round which concerns me as I am not a hot hot weather type of person. I can deal with heat, but in the 90's EVERYDAY and humid just kills me.

I am also a big fan of the culture of the Carribbean, the Southern Cone and Brazil.

As much as I would love Mexico City or Sao Paulo I feel like they might be too big. It's kind of like NYC, I love the city, but wouldn't want to live there, it's just too overwhelming.
So let's see... you're not fond of Mexican culture (thanks, btw), you're already lived in B.A. and Santiago so those are out of the question, Sao Paulo is too big (and to be considered 'trilingual' you actually need to be fluent in ALL 3 languages), and Panama City is too hot. Guess Bogota it is.

.... another self-licking ice cream cone of a thread.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Well from what I have read, Santiago isn't too exciting. It's really developed though... My Chilean friend called Santiago ugly and boring. Buenos Aires sounds so fun! But since you've already lived there, you should try somewhere knew. You don't like Mexican culture, so definitely not Mexico City. I think it's a toss up between Panama and Sao Paolo..that's a hard one :/. Sao Paolo is huge, while Panama City is way smaller, but still a bustling, cosmopolitan city. You're lucky to have the choice between those two!
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:26 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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So let's see... you're not fond of Mexican culture (thanks, btw), you're already lived in B.A. and Santiago so those are out of the question, Sao Paulo is too big (and to be considered 'trilingual' you actually need to be fluent in ALL 3 languages), and Panama City is too hot. Guess Bogota it is.

.... another self-licking ice cream cone of a thread.
Pretty much nailed that one.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:11 PM
 
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Do you have to actually live in those cities or can you live in a city that isn't too far from them.

For example, I've always liked the look of Valparaiso which is about 70 miles from Santiago. However, since you have actually lived in Santiago, you would probably know what Valparaiso is actually like.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valpara%C3%ADso

Anyway, perhaps the other cities on your list might also have large attractive towns near them that are of commuterable distance to the big city.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Brasilia
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Belo Horizonte.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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So I might have to move to a Latin America city for work, where I most likely will have the choice of which one I want but I might not. However, wherever I end up I will have to travel to the other cities on a regular basis. So here are the cities:

Mexico, D.F.
Panama City
Bogota
Sao Paulo
Buenos Aires
Santiago

A little bit about myself. I am Latino, Puerto Rican, Portuguese and Ecuadorian to be exact. I am very in tune with Latin American culture and trilingual in Spanish and Portuguese. However, not as proficient in Portuguese. I actually studied abroad in both Buenos Aires and Santiago loved them both. I will admit I am not a huge fan of Central American culture or Mexican culture.

With that being said here is what I am looking for in a city:
-Good Weather
-Down to Earth People
-Cosmopolitan Culture/Population
-Not too big, but big enough
-A good amount of sophistication in the city's general population
-Easy transportation in and out of the country, as well as to Chicago
-Urban and at least somewhat dense city

For example my favorite cities in the U.S. are Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, San Diego and Boston. As you can see cities that are large enough, but not too large and have a lot of culture within them and their population.

For it would seem like Santiago and Buenos Aires would be the best bet. However, I have already lived in them, and Panama City is actually interesting me a bit. However, I know Panama is REALLY HOT year round which concerns me as I am not a hot hot weather type of person. I can deal with heat, but in the 90's EVERYDAY and humid just kills me.

I am also a big fan of the culture of the Carribbean, the Southern Cone and Brazil.

As much as I would love Mexico City or Sao Paulo I feel like they might be too big. It's kind of like NYC, I love the city, but wouldn't want to live there, it's just too overwhelming.
I think Panama City looks interesting too. Looking at the average temperatures, it looks like it is constantly warm all year round but the average temperature doesn't seem so bad - it looks fairly similar to Brisbane in Australia. However, it looks like its summers aren't necessarily warmer than other cities summers - in fact, looking at Sao Paulo, it seems the summer average is higher than Panama City's summer average.

Have you visited Panama City before? Some places can also handle their heat well, i.e. they have air conditioning everywhere. For example, having lived in Brisbane and Sydney, Brisbane was always very well airconditioned, the buses and trains were also airconditioned but Sydney could be a bit hit and miss, especially when it comes to public transport (try being trapped in a non-air conditioned Sydney commuter train in the middle of summer when the train ends up stuck for hours in the middle of nowhere because the tracks have buckled from the heat - not a pleasure, I can tell you).
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:30 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I think Panama City looks interesting too. Looking at the average temperatures, it looks like it is constantly warm all year round but the average temperature doesn't seem so bad - it looks fairly similar to Brisbane in Australia. However, it looks like its summers aren't necessarily warmer than other cities summers - in fact, looking at Sao Paulo, it seems the summer average is higher than Panama City's summer average.

Have you visited Panama City before? Some places can also handle their heat well, i.e. they have air conditioning everywhere. For example, having lived in Brisbane and Sydney, Brisbane was always very well airconditioned, the buses and trains were also airconditioned but Sydney could be a bit hit and miss, especially when it comes to public transport (try being trapped in a non-air conditioned Sydney commuter train in the middle of summer when the train ends up stuck for hours in the middle of nowhere because the tracks have buckled from the heat - not a pleasure, I can tell you).
There's also the humidity factor which drastically changes the heat index.
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