I have been offered a transfer to Santiago. It will involve being the head of a project that the company I work for is doing in South America. (A GREAT OPPORTUNITY!!!) I will be there for 3-5 years.
I know nothing about Santiago. I would be moving there by myself, since there is no significant other in my life and my children are grown. If my kids were still dependent on me, I would not even consider it.
I do have some questions, though.
Specifically about Santiago: What would it be like to live there? Would I have to learn the language, or would I be able to get by on English. What is the crime rate like? Are there places in Santiago that I could walk down the street without being overly concerned? Is Chile a fairly stable country, or is there a possibility of civil war in the near future? What else should I know about Santiago that should be a factor in this decision?
More Generally: What would it be like to move, by myself, to a different country, different culture, where I know nobody. I’m generally a fairly sociable person and enjoy being around friends. Anyone have experience in this area?
Any comments, concerns, or advice would be appreciated.