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.
Hi all, (note: I wrote this post almost one year ago, when I was in Chile)
this is a short story about a friend I’ve met in Valparaiso. I’m writing this just as it flows from the heart after a delighting lunch and subsequent afternoon in a nearby ice cream shop with Pato.
With this post I am beginning a trilogy on Valparaiso. I want to give focus to three very important charachteristics of this unique place. The first one I’ll look at are its walls. Please comment and link other resources on the topic, if you have any! Also, if you guess right what the following topics will be you’ll earn a mention (with link if applicable!) in the next posts!
In one of my first writings about this city, I mentioned its student soul. That is probably the main reason behind the fact that everywhere is color and graffiti art.
You won’t see many messy, improvised patchworks. Most of the walls display well-thought compositions which probably required a lot of work.
After the adventourous comeback to Santiago, Guido and I spent the night at Paulina’s. We cooked dinner for her and slept so well that we arrived at the airport 10 minutes before the check-in closing time. That same afternoon I took a bus back to my Valparaiso.
I had already a few activities scheduled there for the following days. The one I am going to talk about today was for sure the newest one for me. A winery tour!
As you might remember from my (very successful) post Los Porteños de Valparaiso, one of my friends there happens to be a passionate winery tour guide–the opportunity was not to be missed. Together with Wendy and Dave, two friends while hiking at the Torres del Paine National Park, on one sunny afternoon we reached the Emiliana vineyard. This the first beautiful sight of it from the highway.