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  • Day19

    Valparaiso, Chile

    January 22 in Chile

    Wow. This was a handful. Valparaiso was a plethora of color, mouth-watering food smells, graffiti, noise, litter (no, garbage), the most beautiful fruits and vegetables I’ve ever seen, cold mornings, hot afternoons, dogs (everywhere) and a feeling of a place that has multiple layers of life.
    It has been the home of many artists, poets and writers. It is clearly a place that promotes free expression. There is graffiti everywhere that intermittently transitions to beautiful, colorful murals. There are mosaics imbedded in the thousands of stairs that climb from the waterfront up into the neighborhoods that are filled with candy-colored houses. Walking along, you find many artistic expressions that are totally made of recycled or found objects.
    It is a city that has had it’s share of problems. It is in the earthquake zone, which is evident in some of the older, very elegant buildings that now sport crumbling facades. They also suffered some difficult economic times when the Panama Canal opened and they no longer enjoyed the commerce that being a major port for ships coming around Cape Horn brought.
    Valparaiso is also quite near the Casablanca Valley which is one of Chile’s main wine-producing regions.
    We had the opportunity to visit a couple of wineries and do some wine-tasting. One of the wineries said they produced 1,000,000 bottles a year, yet they are considered a boutique winery. The climate here is somewhere between that of California and France which makes it an ideal place for growing grapes.
    Jeff and I also sampled some very typical Chilean foods. Empanadas with shrimp and cheese, a pie that had beef, chicken, black olives, raisins and a cornbread topping, and something called a “completo”. A completo is a hot dog (?) on a bun that has fresh tomatoes, sauerkraut, mayonnaise and avocado. McDonalds came to Valparaiso, but only lasted a year before moving out. Turns out the people liked both the taste and the price of their completo better.
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  • Day1


    February 4 in Chile

    Kurz vor dem Ende des Wochenendes meine Zusammenfassung der ersten drei Tage:
    Der Start ist gelungen. Dank Jürgens Tipp habe ich in Providéncia gut geschlafen und gefrühstückt. Omar und Francisco vom El Gallo con Tacones haben aus einem problematisch wirkenden Haus eine Oase der Recreation geschaffen. Ich fühlte mich sofort wohl und gut informiert bzgl meiner Möglichkeiten am Ort.
    Santiago wirkt auf mich gar nicht so anders als gewohnt. Die Menschen sind interkulturell reich gemischt. Inzwischen gibt es auch dunkelhäutige Zuwanderer aus Haiti, denen die Chilenen jedoch zurückhaltend begegnen. Mir gegenüber haben sich alle Hauptstädter hilfsbereit und zuvorkommend verhalten. Das kommt mir aufgrund meiner bisherigen Spanischkenntnisse sehr entgegen.
    Gestern habe ich Peñalolen, communidad ecológica, und Gabi kennengelernt. Das war früher eine Hippie-Gemeinde. Gabi lebt dort mit ihrem Adoptivsohn seit wenigen Monaten und macht mich etwas neidisch, weil auf dem Weg dahin erstmals die ersehnten Berge zu sehen waren. In der City erahnte ich sie nie.
    Heute mache ich einen Ausflug nach Valparaíso. Zur Zeit sitze ich im ältesten Ascensor (Aufzug) der Stadt - Reina Victoria. Den musste ich tatsächlich benutzen, um meine Route durch die Altstadt zu nehmen. Dabei hatte ich mich schon auf ein schönes Treppentraining bei 30 Grad Celsius gefreut. Die Bilder sprechen für sich, die Geruchsbeschreibung entfällt heute.
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  • Day100


    January 30 in Chile

    Nicht weit entfernt von Santiago liegt Valparaíso - die kulturelle Hauptstadt Chiles. Geprägt von den vielen bunten Häusern und der Street-Art, hat die Stadt ein ganz eigenes Flair. Bei strahlendem Sonnenschein haben wir eine kleine Hafenrundfahrt gemacht und sind auf verschiedene Hügel mit der Standseilbahn hoch gefahren.

  • Day84

    Colorful city - Valparaiso

    December 22, 2017 in Chile

    We continued our walk while our local guide explained us the meaning and the reasons behind a lot of the graffiti. At about 5:15 pm we stopped at an empenada shop with 82 varieties of empenadas. By now, Alexandra was also free so I sent her our coordinates so she could join us.

  • Day279


    February 8 in Chile

    A short (1 ½ hour) bus trip took us to this important port city that’s also a world heritage site. Before the Panama Canal was completed, this was a major stopping point for ships bringing products to the Americas from all over the world. While it’s still quite an active port, it’s lost much of its’ former wealth which is captured in the city’s many beautiful, crumbling, old buildings and villas built into the hillsides.
    Famous today for murals and graffiti art, it was an interesting place to walk around up many steep and windy steps, streets and with occasional rides on funiculars. We’re so glad we didn’t try to drive here, it would have been challenging as all of our rental cars have been manuals and the streets are super narrow, steep and windy.
    Our hotel was in a restored villa and we loved our room with its’ wide-planked wood floors, 15+ foot high ceilings and a view out over the bay. We also enjoyed some very fresh fish and delicious salads at cafes and overall preferred the city to Santiago. The only downside was all the free-range dogs meant having to be very careful about where you walked as there was dog doo everywhere (this let your dogs roam free thing is the only real unpleasant part of Argentina/Chile so far).
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  • Day10

    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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  • Day9

    A walk through Valparaiso

    February 23 in Chile

    Hills. So many hills. Did I say that there were lots of hills? Valparaiso is built into the side of series of hills. Everything is located either on a hill, or in valley. There are very, very few streets which go across the hills, so you typically have to walk down one hill, in order to walk up the next hill. Unfortunately, a two dimensional map does not give you any idea whether a street is uphill or downhill. So, when you set out towards a destination, you might find yourself having to go downhill, and then up hill, just to get across the hill. All of this is a long way of saying that there are a whole lot of hills, and sightseeing can give you a darn good workout.

    We started with a free tour with “Tours for Tips.” We used the same group in Santiago. The guides wear red and white stripped shirts, which have name tags saying “Wally,” which is apparently the the Chilean version of “Waldo” from the “Where’s Waldo” books that we liked when the kids were little. CJ, our guide, told us that he was into Metallica and WWE. A rather odd group of interests, but I’m sure that being personable increases the tips at the end. He led us around two of the hills in Valpo — Cerro Carcel (prison hill) and Cerro Miraflores. We learned about migration to Valpo, the growth of the city, and the history of street art in the town. As you walk around, you see graffiti (which is just a few lines), tags (which is a symbol for an artist) and murals. Some of the murals are small, but many of them are across the sides of multi-story buildings. The largest one is currently being painted, and it goes up the side of a 20 story building. We got to spend some time watching them paint it from a scaffolding. As you walk around, you begin to recognize certain artists. Apparently, some muralists travel across the globe, and others are more locally oriented. Between the murals, and the brightly colored houses, Valpo is a riot of color. And, when you add in the views of the hills, and the ocean, it is a total feast for the eyes.

    Speaking of feasts, we had our best meal yet. We asked our hotel for a recommendation, and they suggested a small restaurant called Apice. It was located close to our hotel, so not too many hills had to be traversed. Like the upscale restaurant in San Pedro, the chef offers two choices for each of three courses. And, we maximized our sampling options by choosing one to have everything on the menu. For the first course I had a turmeric ceviche. It was really more like a shrimp soup, with turmeric and it was quite tasty. Arie had scallops. I didn’t taste it, but he made happy sounds as he cleaned his dish, so apparently it was quite yummy. We both had rockfish for the main. Mine had a curry sauce and a side dish of rice with dried fruits. Arie’s was an Italian preparation, with a balsamic reduction and the creamiest polenta that I’ve ever eaten. For dessert we had a chocolate creme brulee with passionfruit sorbet, and caramelized peaches with a crumble and dulce de leche ice cream. We accompanied this with a lovely Chilean Pinot. Delightful.
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  • Day84

    Fantastic graffiti

    December 22, 2017 in Chile

    After the tour got over around 6:30 pm, Alexandra took us to a local cafe that she used to visit with her family and knew it to be good. On the way to the cafe, we passed some more areas where we had not passed during the tour. Here too, we saw a lot of beautiful graffiti.

  • Day84

    Off to Viña del Mar

    December 22, 2017 in Chile

    After the juice, we wanted to go to Viña del Mar since one of Hristo's friend lives there and we wanted to meet him as well. The city is about 6 kms from Valparaíso and is a lovely place to visit. Since we had a place in the car, we invited Alexandra to join us for the trip. She accepted and we all walked to the car amd drove off around 8:15 pm. On the way to the car, we saw even more graffiti. It was a fest 😊Read more

  • Day84

    The Juice Cafe

    December 22, 2017 in Chile

    The cafe where Alexandra took us was a very artistic one. There was nice decorations on the walls and the roof. There was one wall where the clients of the cafe had written things about the cafe in different languages and with text and drawings on paper napkins. We also put up our napkin with 5 different languages written on it 😊
    We ordered 2 big jars of mixed natural juices (Apple+Orange and Pineapple+Coconut). They both were delicious.Read more

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