For whatever reason, that isn’t the case. Most tourists get out of here as fast as they can. And, based on a quick glance, I understand that. It doesn’t look like an easy place to get to know. It’s not a city built for strolling and discovering casually – it seems like a city one would have to work to appreciate. If there are welcoming neighborhoods perfect for strolling, they are not noted in the guidebooks or apparent to the casual passerby.
We don’t get to the downtown with its office towers, but we can see them as we drive by on the highway.
We do visit an upscale neighborhood where the narrow, leafy streets are lined with concrete fences that are electrified and topped with razor wire. Large, sturdy mansions and condominium blocks poke above the fences.
The new soccer stadium is a point of pride for the city, but even this architecturally cheerful building holds itself apart from the rest of the city. It doesn't look very welcoming.
It leaves me wondering what the truth about this place really is.
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