By Graham Somers   

For a number of years now I’ve been living in the center of Santiago, Chile. It’s a city of some 6 million people, and when I say I’ve been living in the center, I mean that the President of the Chile works four blocks away. Two blocks up the street is the former National Congress building, and one block further up than that is Plaza de Armas which was the center of the city when it was founded in 1541. So we’re right in the middle of the action.

Santiago is a very modern city, with a great public transit system of buses and many subway lines covering the whole city. Lots of big companies have offices in Santiago and if you work in the field of Information Technology in Chile, you probably live here in the capital.

Our view at the moment.

Our view at the moment.

Being in the middle of a big city has many benefits and some drawbacks. Across the street from us has been a construction zone for three new buildings for the past four years. That comes with a lot of noise and occasional lane and road closures which creates a lot of traffic. There are also road closures for visiting dignitaries and more often than not our street is one of those to get closed. That can make going out or coming home a real hassle. I won’t miss that.

Thankfully there are many areas of Santiago that are downright tranquil, and that’s where we’re headed. Further away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and closer to the Andes mountains and quiet side streets. …I just need to fit my home office into a box. Wish me luck.

Our own Dave Pottinger has volunteered to update the team blog next week, stay tuned for that.