I think what might surprise people is what tourists remember of their city. Yes, we see the pretty vistas and the beautiful buildings and the nice museums. Then we see the real city and that is what we remember the most about your country.
Nicaragua has to be one of the dirtiest countries I have ever visited. The trash was everywhere. I also never once felt safe while in the country as a whole and Nicaragua is not on our list of countries we would return too.
In Panama you can walk the streets and have the person in front of you toss their trash right at your feet; to them the whole country is a trash can and someone else will clean it up. Sadly, no one does. Panama is a beautiful country and has things to see but cleaning the country will be a big undertaking.
Sarajaveo will long be remembered by me for its beggars and how much of a turn off it was to try to walk the streets. I would have loved to have walked any street without being confronted by some pretty aggressive families begging for money, but that was not the case and Sarajaveo comes off my list of places I would return too.
Iquique, Chile will long be remembered by me for its charm along its waterfront and its attention to keeping families together along its beaches. They have done an excellent job in creating a great family environment for everyone along its waterfront. The rest of the city however is another story and the further you get from the waterfront the less safe the city streets become until you are in some neighborhoods that some gangsters might be afraid to go to.
Santiago, Chile was a real surprise. Loved this city. Loved its vibe, its great attractions and the streets were pretty clean as well. Yep, this city stays on my list and I could see myself going here permanently.
Rome will always be the place where Mike got pick pocketed. It will also be the place where we remember that we tried to tell the police more than once what happened and no one cared enough to take a crime report. It is a shameful and disgusting way to treat tourists and we heard from residents it is pretty much the same for them so why would I ever want to return to this city. I don’t’ and I won’t.
Torrevieja, Spain is turning into the dog poop capital of the world. So many expats walk their dogs here and many more dog owners do not pick up the poop that their dogs leave behind. It is a mine field out there on any given street on any given day. You can’t look up and enjoy the scenery because you run the risk of stepping in dog poop almost immediately. There is no block that is not covered in dog poop somewhere. Frankly, it’s revolting. There are campaigns and laws on the books now about dog owners being fined for allowing their dogs to poop on the streets and then not picking up that poop. Not sure what good that does.
So while you think that your city tops the list of one of the most beautiful places on earth to live; next time look at your city as if for the first time and see what tourists might be saying about your city. It’s not too late to fix those things that might be wrong with it; we haven’t been everywhere yet. And when we visit we’ll be sure to let you know what we think of your city. I mean, if I need a pooper scooper to visit your city; I don’t think I’m coming to visit.