Goodbye Chile

Posted by on 24/07/2013 at 9:00 am

Hi all, I wrote this post at the beginning of 2011, when I had just come back from my 6 months travel around the World. Things got in the way and I never published it. Hope you enjoy it.

Hola amigos, I thought I’d create a post to write a few more remarks about my experience in Chile that didn’t find room in the previous entries.

  • Toilets have low sinks. Actually a lot of furniture is quite low–chairs, tables and kitchens alike.

  • Most apartments use still a gas bottle for the heater. The way to get a new one is very funny: you order a gas bottle on a shiny modern web-site, and a few hours later it gets delivered like this!

gas delivery chile

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The Elevators of Valparaiso

Posted by on 26/06/2013 at 8:45 am

Another post from my time in Chile, written in 2011. This is the closing episode of the trilogy started with The Walls of Valparaiso and The Dogs of Valparaiso.

Here we are: the last chapter of the Valparaiso trilogy. The topic will be… (drumroll!) … its Elevators!

Built long time ago to help the lazy rich climb up the hills, they still take you all the way up for an insignificant price. Some of them do it almost vertically! This is the view from the elevator that used to take me to my friend Mauro’s bakery shop & house.

valparaiso elevators view from above

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The Dogs of Valparaiso

Posted by on 01/05/2013 at 9:07 am

Another post about my time in Chile, written in 2011. This was meant to be a follow-up to The Walls of Valparaiso.

Hey all, welcome to the second instalment of the Valparaiso Trilogy! There are a zillion dogs in Valparaiso. They have no official owner, but the adjective “stray” doesn’t fully belong here either, as one entity cares for them: the entire community. People love dogs and take care of their basic needs. Restaurants feed them with their leftovers, private citizens occasionally take them home for a good brush.

For good or bad, the four-legged population of Valparaiso is one of the city’s distinctive traits. They are such an institution that some kind of dog art pops out occasionally along the streets of the hills hoods.

valparaiso dogs art

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Café con Piernas

Posted by on 10/04/2012 at 8:02 am

(Note: I wrote this more than one year ago, when I was in Chile)

My Chilean time is coming to an end. In a few more days I will leave this amazing country, of which I have seen nothing but a glimpse.

During my last days in Santiago I followed the suggestion of a friend of mine and went to a Café con Piernas, literally “Café with Legs”. These Chilean bars are venues where everything revolves around one thing: the waitresses’ legs. After hearing many things about it and reading a couple more, I decided that I wanted to check it out. So I involved Paulina, a Chilean friend: she had never been there herself and found the idea exciting, so we met one afternoon and went for it. We struggled a bit to find the one we were looking for, but finally made our triumphant entrance in the “Blacks II”.

cafe con piernas

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