Hoorn is a municipality in the Netherlands, located on the IJsselmeer. The city was established in the eighth century and later developed into a major trading center. Hoorn still has a lovely old inner city with many well-preserved historical houses and buildings that harken back to its prosperous history. Several small museums are worth a visit. You can explore the flat surrounding countryside dotted with small villages by bicycle, or easily reach Amsterdam from here by public transportation.
Punta Arenas, a regional capital in Chile, is located on the Brunswick peninsula north of the Strait of Magellan. The city is often a base for Antarctic expeditions. Originally established as a penal colony in the 19th century, Punta Arenas has developed into a major logistic centre. The surrounding nature is inhospitable, but the locals more than make up for it. Punta Arenas offers sharp contrasts, between affluence and poverty, between historic and modern. An interesting place to visit!