Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

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  • Day59

    BBQ with dance party

    May 14 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    I like our BBQs outside on the terrace, especially when the weather is nice & the mood is right! 🥳

    Tonight we had delicious meat, prepared by Bugra on the grill and afterwards stayed a little bit on the terrace to talk, dance and drink.

    The cats Luna and Hermano are always around ... these little cuddle balls 😸😸
    Well, Hermano got a wet ass lately, so we kinda keep him on distance 🙄

    It's so cute how in particular Luna tries to sit on our laps, when we sit outside playing Blackjack, Cards Against Humanity or just chat about life in general. 😋
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  • Day63

    Good Bye, Alex

    May 18 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After more than 2 month together, Alex made the decision to travel back home to Switzerland. 😢

    We all knew that he had to go home ONE DAY, but then just a few days ago at the breakfast table, he announced that it would be today, the 18th of May ... 😵

    The embassy chartered a flight from Santiago to Europe. The next days he planned everything together with the embassy. He asked for busses to go to Santiago and bought a ticket for the bus at 2.15 pm.

    We all had the chance to write or draw something in his travel book/diary. 🧡
    And as a final Good Bye, we gave him a little glass filled with the sand from the beach of VALPARAISO 🏖️

    Around 2 pm, he said Good Bye to everybody and left for his bus to Santiago with the final destination to Switzerland. Btw, his family has no idea that he is coming back already! 😂

    Good Bye Alex and many thanks for the wonderful days together, the laughs, the drinks, the games and your delicious desserts! 😘
    We are gonna miss you here ...
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  • Day162

    Von Antofagasta nach Valparaiso

    August 30, 2019 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Die nächsten Tage waren von vielen Kilometern hinter dem Steuer geprägt.

    Von Antofagasta, übrigens die zweitgrößte Stadt in Chile, ging es zunächst in den Nationalpark Pan de Azucar, insgesamt so um die 450 km. Zum Glück ziemlich vorne an der Küste und mit Steigungen auf maximal 1.000 Metern, so dass Julio nicht so schwer arbeiten musste. Die Landschaft war weiterhin von der Atacamawüste geprägt: sandig und staubtrocken. Die Wüste erstreckt sich vom Süden Perus südwärts am Pazifik entlang und hat eine Gesamtlänge von 1.200 Kilometern. Hier gibt es auch viele Minen, vor allem Kupfer und auch Lithium. Die Atacamawüste gilt als die trockenste Wüste der Welt. An machen Stellen regnet es oft jahrzehntelang nicht.

    Nach ca. 50 km hielten wir kurz an, um die Mano del Desierto anzuschauen. Wir spulten so unsere Kilometer runter und kamen dann kurz vor Abend am Campingplatz im Nationalpark Pan de Azucar an. Es ist Nebensaison und so waren wir alleine auf dem Campingplatz und hatten die Anlage wie auch den Strand für uns. Das Meeresrauschen auch und das tat mal wieder gut! Vor allem in der Nacht.

    Am nächsten Morgen fuhren wir weiter in den Nationalpark rein, sahen aber leider keine Tiere wie eine spezielle Art von Lamas, Füchsen, Humbolt-Pinguinen usw. Daher machten wir uns relativ schnell auf die Weiterreise nach Punta de Choros, ein kleiner, verschlafener Ort an der Küste, auf. Wieder lagen 450 km vor uns. In Bahia Inglesa machten wir am Strand kurz Halt und aßen mal wieder Ceviche. In Chile kommt oft Hunderte von Kilometern keine Tankstelle und wir sind froh, dass wir unseren Ersatzkanister stets gefüllt hatten. Heute brauchten wir ihn mal wieder. Erst gegen 20.00 Uhr kamen wir endlich am Campingplatz an: wieder direkt am Strand und wieder alleine mit dem Meeresrauschen. Das kannten wir bereits vom Vortag.😀😎

    Am nächsten Morgen wurden wir von Vögeln aufgeweckt, die auf dem Bullidach rumliefen. Wir buchten uns dann eine Tour zur Isla Damas und einer Nebeninsel. Dort konnten wir endlich einzelne Humboldtpinguine aus großer Entfernung sehen, außerdem Seelöwen und diverse Vögel. Auf dem Rückweg wurden wir richtig nass, was bei der Kälte nicht so angenehm war. Bei einer kleinen Kneipe wärmten wir uns bei Tee und frischen Empanadas auf, den besten seit langem! Nachdem wir anschliessend im Hafen noch 5 Liter Sprit von unserem Kapitän abgekauft hatten, ging es los nach La Serena, einer Küstenstadt mit altem Stadtkern. Auch hier blieben wir wieder auf einem Campingplatz, direkt an der Strandpromenade.

    Ohne weitere Stadtbesichtigung fuhren wir nach Valparaiso weiter. Wieder lagen so knapp 400 km vor uns. Die Gegend änderte sich langsam: die Atacamawüste lag hinter uns und es wurde endlich grüner und bewachsener. Erneut kamen wir erst abends an. Diesmal blieben wir dann im Hostel, da wir mitten in der Stadt bleiben wollten.

    In Summe sind wir in den letzten 4 Tagen so an die 1.400 km weiter südwärts in Chile gefahren, die Hauptstadt Santiago ist nicht mehr weit entfernt. Der Norden Chiles ist vor allem von der Wüste, aber auch von sehr schönen Wildstränden geprägt. Uns hat es jedenfalls sehr gefallen.😊
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  • Day53


    December 23, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Ist eine chaotische Stadt auf 42 Hügeln. Bunt, morbide und liebenswert....

  • Day56


    October 5, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    We stayed at the Hotel Brighton, a yellow, clapperboard house, perched on the edge of one of the many hills upon which Valparaiso is built. Opinion varies - the poet Pablo Neruda said that there were no hills in Valparaiso, using the geographical definition of a hill as a separate entity. However, the general consensus is that there are at least 42. From our black and white tiled hotel terrace, there were views to the city, the sea, and to a small square, directly down from our bedroom window. When we stood in the square, at the beginning of our free walking tour, the hotel loomed garishly over the group, and we were simply able to point skyward when asked where we were staying. In fact, our walking route eventually took us past our accommodation, to take in the brilliant views from the promenade just beyond it.

    Valparaiso was once very grand, an important naval town because of its location, and has a number of fine buildings and monuments that indicate its former glory. However, the building of the Panama Canal put paid to all that - Valparaiso is no longer a stopping point for shipping, travelling between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and has gone into a steady decline ever since. For example, in its heyday, there were thirty one lifts dotted around Valparaiso, to assist with pedestrian transport up its many hills, but now only fourteen remain, most of which are out of service. When we were there, only two were in use. Another, the one nearest to our hotel, was under renovation.

    The walking tour we joined was led by Dani, a very knowledgable local who has lived in Valparaiso all his life, even attending one of the many universities in the city. I don't think there is anything he doesn't know about his place of birth - politics, street art, culture, history, and more politics, and he didn't leave anything out. We started about 10.15, and he said to expect his tour to last about 5 hours! Luckily there was a stop for lunch, at a cafe that sold great empanadas (South American pasties).

    Valparaiso is particularly known for its colourful houses, street art and graffiti and it did seem that every available space was decorated. Dani said that there is a section of Valparaiso society who feel that this is a bad thing, and that some of the culture of the town is being lost as a result. He took us to a gated alleyway that had once been his favourite tour stop because of the variety and ever-changing nature of its artwork. It was now painted in magnolia - the owner had decided that, although he appreciated the street art, he wanted things doing "the right way" and was only going to allow specially invited artists to decorate his walls. It is true that even the most traditional of buildings has not been spared the vivid decorative treatment. There is graffiti on walls, floors, doors, steps - one staircase was painted as a piano keyboard, and another with a message, "We are not hippies, we are happies". Not quite as profound as the 'poesia' that I saw written on Cusco's walls three years earlier, but very flowery and cheerful, nonetheless. A rare place without graffiti, a telegraph pole, was yarn bombed in protest, and bunting was strung in the gaps between houses. I personally think the wiring in the town is more of an eyesore than some of the less accomplished graffiti and tags (all of it visible, twisted like some Gordian knot, and often hanging within touching distance), and also a serious fire hazard - there was in fact a massive fire in Valparaiso in 2014 that killed 15 people and destroyed more than 2000 homes.

    Transport was interesting in Valparaiso too. We saw a VW Beatle, still in working order being driven round the cobbled streets near our hotel, and obviously there was the remains of the lift system for higher ground. My personal favourite however, was the slide that connected one level of ground to another on Concepcion HilI. I may even have used it if it hadn't been for my dodgy back. Chris didn't hold back though, despite the queue of school children waiting for a turn. Most interesting though were the trolley buses, many of which were relics from the 1950s. As we left the town, we deliberately travelled on one of the oldest of these vehicles, and were rewarded with a tune from a busker on a mandolin who serenaded us from the back of the bus.

    Would I recommend staying at Hotel Brighton? Probably not. Our room was quite dark and dingy, down some stairs in the middle of the terrrace. The bathroom was fairly grotty, with a Bleasby style 'killer shower' (personal family joke), and the bed was very uncomfortable, with shot springs - extremely painful on a bad back. However, the restaurant was excellent - the food was delicious, and the views from the terrace (where we could have taken the very good breakfast, if we were hard enough) were exceptional.
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  • Day50


    January 11, 2019 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Valparaiso was once the richest city in Chile, but that was before the Panama canal. Back then, all shipping had to go around South America, and Valparaiso was the first major port coming up the west side of South America, where almost every ship had to stop. The first pic overlooks the city from one of the many hills there. The second pic is a couple things: it is one of many urban murals throughout the city. Also, the left hand end of the mural is the house of Nobel Laureate in literature, Pablo Neruda. Then a couple street scenes, an overview of the port and a closer look at the port from the dock.Read more

  • Day17

    First selfmade Röstis

    April 2 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    I had the idea to cook another typical dish from my area, which is known and sold throughout Germany: Röstis or Kartoffelpuffer. 🇩🇪

    Mariel and I bought all the ingredients on the local market in front of the hostel. We also wanted to serve applesauce, which we would also make ourselves. 🍏
    You can buy applesauce here in the jumbo, but it's very easy to make and so we chose the cheaper and tastier way. 😍

    In the evening, we peeled the apples first and made the applesauce and then we made the Röstis. We fried them in a pan with hot oil. 👍

    Unfortunately, the Röstis were very brown and were not as crispy as at the Christmas markets in Germany ... but everyone was thrilled and we all enjoyed this delicious food very much! 🧡💚💛
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  • Day69

    Valparaíso (CHI) - Polanco, Barón

    January 12, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Verfhandelaars worden hier slapend rijk. We mijden het drukke centrum vandaag, en bekijken de stad vanuit de periferie. Ook daar staan alle gevels vol. Graffiti, krotten en koterij. Het heeft iets van een gigantisch kraakpand. Schijn bedriegt. De foto's verbergen de geur van uitlaatgassen en hondenstront.Read more

  • Day105


    March 22, 2019 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Spaziergang durch Valparaíso:
    ...die lokalen Märkte faszinieren mich immer wieder...
    jeden Tag in der Früh verwandelt sich halb Valparaíso in einen riesigen Straßenmarkt...
    es gibt nichts, was es nicht zu kaufen gibt...
    an jeder Ecke gibt es eine Farmacia...
    in den Parks herrscht buntes Treiben...
    die Häuser sind bunt/eines bunter als das andere/und an den steilsten Hängen gebaut...
    Imbissbuden und Restaurants gibts an jeder Straßenecke...
    Busse fahren alle 10 Sekunden...
    es gibt keine direkten Haltestellen, man gibt ein Handzeichen, und der Bus bleibt stehen...
    zusätzlich gibt es Kollektivtaxis...
    von 7 verschiedenen Telefericos kann man von tollen Aussichtspunkten die Stadt von oben betrachten...
    auf der Plaza Sotomayor, direkt vor dem Marinehauptgebäude, gibt es zahlreiche Verkaufsstände...
    der Hafen von Valparaíso ist nach San Antonio der Zweitwichtigste des Landes...
    mein Lieblingsessen: Fisch...
    heut waren es Machas Parmesanas und Lachsfillet mit Kapernsauce...
    Valparaíso, einfach eine „verrückte“, aber sehr interessante Stadt...
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  • Day56

    Good vibes in the La Joya Hostel

    March 11 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    I absolutely love the hostel that we’re staying in. It’s called La Joya, and it has such a nice Rooftop terrace. I go crazy about it😂 you can chill in the sun during the day and at nights you’ve got this super lovely view of the city with all the lights and when it’s a starry sky it’s even better 🌌 💫
    We met two other travelers. One guy from turkey and a German one, and we always ended up being on this rooftop until like 4am in the morning.
    I’ve lived very unhealthy, regarding to my high consume of alcohol the last week, so I’m gonna change it for at least the whole next week. But they’ve been such good drinking buddies and we had a really good and fun time!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso

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