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  • Day4

    La Sebastiana, Valparaíso, Chili

    March 9, 2017 in Chile

    Pablo Neruda est un écrivain-poète. Nous sommes allés visiter une de ses maisons. Il en possédait 3 au Chili une à Valparaiso, une à Santiago et une Isla Negra. Nous sommes allés voir celle de Valparaiso. Pablo Neruda adorait la mer mais il préfèrerait la regarder que d'être dessus. Sa maison ressemblait à un bateau.


    PS) les photos des intérieurs n'étaient pas autorisées mais il y avait une belle vue sur Valparaíso !Read more

  • Day41


    May 13, 2017 in Chile

    We decided to stay a couple extra nights in Santiago mainly due to the rain stopping us from doing a couple of the things we wanted to do. One of those things was a day trip to Valparaiso (or Valpo as the locals call it), a town which was around two hours by coach and had another free walking tour. It's often nice to do the earlier tour to give you ideas on things to do so we aimed to hit the 10am tour.

    We set our alarms super early and crept out as quietly as we could, hitting breakfast shortly after it opened (7am) and were on our way via the subway to the bus station. We bought our tickets and boarded the bus leaving at 8.05 which in theory (the bus taking 1hr 30) should have given us plenty of time. If there's one thing you should NEVER take as golden it's bus duration!! We're not entirely sure why the bus took so long as we were both snoring shortly after departure but when we woke up pulling into the station it was 9.57am. Now if previous tours and GPS were anything to go by this tour wouldn't start until at least 10.10am and it was not going to take 34 minutes to walk there. So we did what any other ambitious Brits would do and headed for the meeting point.

    As we got closer to the centre we could hear a racket echoing through the streets. This racket turned out to be hundreds of school kids in various marching bands, marching through the streets. Because of this various roads were closed to cars so trying to dodge the crowds of parents following their less than talented kids meant we inevitably missed the 10am tour. We later learnt that they were practicing for a big celebration which involved the Navy the following weekend. Valpo has a large port so this is apparently a pretty big deal!

    As the walking tour was going to line up the activities for the rest of the day I hadn't really bothered to research anything else to do around Valpo so Blake suggested we do what any good tourist should do and headed to the nearest Starbucks for coffee and wifi. The coffee you get for breakfast in the hostels is pretty terrible so having a Starbucks was a rare treat!! Unfortunately the Starbucks was in a square which was the central meeting point for these marching bands. They entered on one side, did a few laps then left on the opposite side. Luckily by that point it was the adults walking through so at least everything was in time but still enough to give you a headache.

    We had our coffee and logged onto the wifi and decided we'd walk up into the hillside and explore the colourful town that was Valparaiso. Almost every other building has a mural of some sort painted on it and those buildings that didn't were often painted a bright colour. We slowly headed towards a look out nearer the top of the hill which gave us an incredible view. A little further on and we arrived at Pablo Neruda's Valpo house (the poet who's house we looked around in Santiago). On the way back down the hill we decided to stop on a little square to make some sandwiches. Cream cheese in brown rolls topped up with spicy beef crisps were today's filling of choice!

    After a slow walk down the hill it was almost time to join the tour so we just waited around by the meeting point. The marching bands were still playing at this point, 5 hours after we arrived! Our tour guide Jorge arrived and took us up again into the hillside, this time venturing to the opposite side with more viewpoints and murals. At the beginning of the tour we got to a point where there was a giant slide / slider for the Bristolians. We joked saying we wanted to go down it but then it actually became part of the tour and the whole group went down. The bottom of the slide was in a small square where 4 or more dogs recognised our guide. I think Jorge was the pied piper of dogs as these four legged friends stayed with us for the whole 4 hour tour.

    When passing some of the murals we learnt that there were 3 occasions when one could be painted. The first being your house, your walls. The second for buildings not belonging to you, then permission from the owner was needed. And the third was for city owned buildings, for these you needed to submit a sketch along with a proposal explaining the story behind it. Because of this, many of the murals tell stories of Chilean history and its people. There was a fourth, but this involved the middle of the night with dark clothes and a pair of good shoes in case you have to run!

    Towards the end of the tour we stopped at an empanada shop. These from what were described were no normal empanadas either. We had a menu of 80 fillings to choose from and each was individually handmade to order before being deep fried (normal ones are baked like pasties). They were DELICIOUS!! I went for chorizo, onion, tomato and cheese and Blake opted for cheese, spinach, nuts and cream.

    After the tour finished we were all walked out so we headed back to the bus station and made our way back to the hostel for some well needed feet up time! I can tell you that the marching bands were also still going at this point.
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  • Day9

    Valparaiso, Day 2

    February 24 in Chile

    We began our second day in Valpo with a visit to La Sebastiana, Pablo Neruda’s third house. Like the first two, this house was a reflection of his personality — quirky, filled with collected objects, and built to entertain. The views from this house are incredible, sitting high atop Cerro Florida. From the living room, the bedroom, and his study, all of Valpo stretches out below — ports, houses, hills and valleys. His favorite chair sits near a window, and the dining room has views which allowed Neruda and his guests to enjoy the fireworks set off each New Year’s Eve. And, of course, there was a separate bar area, from which he dispensed libations of his own creation. Honestly, he was probably a very difficult guy, but his zest for life and embrace of his friends is something that I can truly get behind. Arie was really taken with his attitude, and I think that building a bar at the River House is a future project!

    After leaving the house, we began winding our way down the hills of Valpo. We happened upon a little macaroon store, called Septima, and stopped for coffee and a snack. While Maya’s macaroons are better, the combinations of flavors was quite unusual. We enjoyed the stop and soldiered on down the hills.

    As we descended, we saw a huge variety of murals. Again, some of the art is stunning and the playful attitude that they bring to Valpo is totally infectious.

    No trip to Valparaiso is complete without riding the Ascensors, which are a cross between a funicular and an elevator. These contraptions, which were built in the very early 1900s, travel up and down the hills, allowing passengers to traverse parts of the city, while avoiding a few staircases. We took advantage of this mode of transportation whenever possible, but frequently found ourselves at the Ascensor Reina La Victoria, which was built in 1902. At the top fo this ascensor is a slide which is enjoyed by children and adults alike, including Arie.

    We have enjoyed Valpo and I totally understand why people from across the country and the globe choose to settle here.
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  • Day142

    Vamos a Valparaiso

    December 18, 2017 in Chile

    Valparaiso is a small, seaside city about two-hours bus ride from Santiago. Prior to the Panama Canal being built, this city once was a major stopover for ships travelling across the Straits of Magellan and was considered the “Jewel of the Pacific”. Now, it is home to the Chilean National Congress and a popular place for tourists, with the historic quarter declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    We arrived in the afternoon and caught a microbus to our apartment, which was located at the top of one of the many hills in the city. We rang the door bell and waited. We knocked on the door and waited. We waited some more. We messaged our Airbnb host and waited for a response. We thought that this might have been Mendoza all over again. At least we knew the apartment existed this time; we just needed to get in. After about 40 minutes, a woman poked her head out of the window above us and muttered something. We took it that she would be down straightaway. Yay, we have a roof over our heads for the next three nights!

    Most of the houses in the area are built into the mountain and are made from galvanised corrugated iron, painted in bright colours. Street art covers many of the houses and adds to the bohemian atmosphere of the city, although a sign proudly claims that they “are not hippies [they] are happies”. While the economic downturn of the last few decades has resulted in some places being abandoned and some buildings becoming dilapidated, there is a certain charm about the city. If nothing else, the brightly coloured houses and street art provided a great backdrop for photos.

    After dropping off our luggage, we headed out to explore the neighbourhood and to stock up on supplies. We got a bit worried when we saw two policemen running up the street towards us, one with his gun out of his holster. The signs warning about car theft and delinquents in the street didn't provide much reassurance. But hey, we didn't have a car and there was hardly a person to be seen around the place.

    On our first night, we returned with provisions for the next three days, and before we could even swig down a cold alcoholic beverage, Jason knocked over the “good” wine glasses, which scattered across the whole kitchen and dining area. He claimed that he had not been drinking, but Ricky suspects that Jason has a secret hip flask that he's not sharing. Luckily, there were other drinking vessels, otherwise we would have been drinking straight out of the bottle like true vagabonds.

    The next day, we set out to see more sights of the city and snap more pictures of the street art. At lunchtime, we found a cosy little spot on the harbour to enjoy our lunch. Just as we were about to tuck into our pie de limón, Ricky felt some warm liquid splash against him. He turned around thinking that someone had thrown something at him. But no. He turned to find pigeon shit everywhere, as if the bird had diarrhoea. They say it's good luck but Ricky is still looking for that damn sky rat to wreak vengeance. He says he'll shit on the pigeon if he finds the culprit.

    After exploring most of Valparaiso, including the small historic and downtown areas, we jumped onto a microbus headed for Reñaca and Viña del Mar to check out some of the beaches. Microbus is just a term for a small bus that could have been a decommissioned ride from a nineties theme park, especially as it rattled and chugged up the hills. Nineties techno/house music blared throughout the bus and the driver seemed to match the acceleration of the bus to the tempo of the music. That was until the driver let on a young guy who started to rap to music coming from his portable speaker. This didn't meet the approval of everyone on the bus, as the elderly woman next to us tutted and complained about the “noise”. At this point, we decided to jump ship, as the bus slowed down. The microbuses don't actually come to a complete halt. They only slow down at random spots along the route for passengers to get on and off. There aren't bus stops – people just hail the bus from the side of the road. Beats having to walk for miles to a bus stop!

    Next stop: Antofagasta via Santiago.

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  • Day38

    Hola Valparaíso, que lindo eres!

    November 11, 2016 in Chile

    Ich habe meine langes Wochenende genutzt und bin mit dem Nachtbus von Concepción nach Valparaiso gefahren.
    Einen Fernbus in Südamerika stellt man sich sicher überladen und unbequem vor, dass laute Musik läuft und der Fahrer mitsingt, dass die Passagiere vor sich hin schwitzen und ihr Gepäck auf dem Schoß halten...die Realität ist ganz anders, die deutschen Fernbusunternehmen können sich definitiv eine Scheibe von den chilenischen abschneiden.
    Man hat die Wahl zwischen drei verschiedenen Preiskategorien, Sitz, Bett oder Bett komplett. Man wird nicht enttäuscht, es ist wahnsinnig bequem. Ich wählte die Bett-Variante, da 7 Stunden doch recht lange sein können. Die Nacht verging wie im Flug, geschlafen habe ich wie ein Bär im Winterschlaf. Untergebracht bin ich bei Luisa, einer alten Fechtfreundin, die auch ein Praktikum absolviert in Chile - die Welt ist so klein, wir haben uns sicher seit 7 Jahren nicht mehr gesehen und treffen uns in Chile. So mache ich mich jeden Tag auf den Weg und erkunde die Stadt. Sie fasziniert mich aus vielen Gründen: sie liegt direkt am Meer, besteht aus 42 Hügeln (cerros), die man entweder zu Fuß erklimmen oder aber die bekannten Aufzüge (ascensores) nehmen kann. Jeder Cerro ist anders, die Straßen verwinkelt und ein Cerro mit dem anderen durch viele, viele (!!) Treppen verbunden. Kein Haus gleicht den anderen, jedes Graffiti ist anders gestaltet.
    Der Hafen in Valparaiso war früher, bevor der Panama Kanal gebaut wurde, eine wichtige Hafenstadt. Die erste Anlaufstelle für Schiffe und Seefahrer, die die Magellan-Straße durchquerten. Auch heute existiert der Hafen noch, viele Container machen sich hier auf den Weg in die entfernte Welt Europas.
    Highlights in Valparaiso sind natürlich die Cerros, die Graffitis und die Architektur, sowie das Haus von Pablo Neruda. Er hatte hier, neben Santiago und der Isla Negra, seinen Sommerwohnsitz und schrieb gerne an seinen Werken, da er einen uneingeschränkten Blick auf das Meer hatte. Sein Haus ist heute ein Museum, in dem alle Gegenstände Originale sind, wie sie Neruda entweder kaufte oder ersteigerte.

    Ich hoffe, dass ein paar Fotos zeigen können, wie toll diese Stadt einfach ist.
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  • Day30

    Farbiges Valparaiso

    September 28 in Chile

    Nur eine Autostunde von der Hauptstadt Santiago de Chile entfernt, liegt das farbenprächtige Valparaiso. Hier gibt es an jeder Hauswand etwas zu entdecken.
    Rene, der Inhaber unseres BnB macht uns jeden Morgen ein reichhaltiges Frühstück und gibt uns mehr Tipps als wir uns merken können. Wir spazieren der Küste entlang nach Vina del Mar, besuchen den riesigen Flohmarkt, den Fischmarkt und entdecken jeden Tag neue Kunstwerke in den Strassen.Read more

  • Day60

    Valparaiso - Street Art City

    May 20, 2015 in Chile

    It was a comfy ride on the overnight bus to Valparaiso. We scored cheap 'salon cama' seats for $26 each for the 13 hour journey. The salon cama seats are on the lower deck of the double decker bus and recline most of the way down with plenty of leg room. We were given little food boxes, blankets and pillows to make our journey comfortable.

    Arriving just before lunch we hiked through the town and up the steep hills of Valparaiso to a hostel where Julia and Hendrik we're staying. After a refreshing shower and some empanada's to stop the hunger pains we strolled downhill to catch a free walking tour.

    For 3 hours we walked around the artsy hills of Valparaiso checking out the awesome street art on numerous buildings, shopfronts and even staircases. One of the highlights was taking the old school 'ascentors' (diagonal cable driven elevators) up and down the hills.

    After dinner at the hostel we hit the town to catch up with our mates from the Navimag, Ole and Jan. With a few more friends from their hostel we went to a local bar to experience the 'terremodo' (spanish for earthquake) - a jug of sweet wine and strawberry juice with a chunk of icecream on top - it was delicous but potent!

    Next stop was a traditional Absenthe bar - the glasses were lined up and set alight as the sugar slowly melted. If the earthquake didnt knock us off our feet this certainly was about too. After a struggle to finish our drinks we said goodbye to our mates and made sure we'd meet up again in Germany.

    Some sneaky papas fritas (french fries) was in order for the steep hill climb stumble back to our hostel.
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  • Day61

    Valparaiso - Day 2

    May 21, 2015 in Chile

    Lorena and Rapheal arrived at the hostel looking like Zombies from their overnight bus ride.

    With our group reformed we decided to take a private boat around the bay to check out the port. After lunch we hiked up the hills to check out the open air musuem which turned out to be quite disappointing compared to the local street art/graffitti on all the back streets.

    Another group cook-up at the hostel then we found a cosy local bar with a brilliant 2 piece band playing the harmonica. Being the eve of a public holiday - the town was packed with locals and buzzing with excitement.Read more

  • Day154


    June 30, 2017 in Chile

    Frei nach dem Motto "work hard, play hard" wurde nach Schicht-Schluss das ein oder andere Glas gehoben. 🍷🍺

    Mit meinem ersten Koch-Partner haben wir irgendwie Nobelrestaurant-Feeling eingeführt, so dass danach zum Dinner nur noch fein angerichtet serviert wurde... 😉 kleine Momente, die stolz machen. 😋

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