tiempo de vestirte,
--Pablo Neruda (Famed Chilean poet / statesman and former resident of Valparaiso)
what an absurdity
a crazy port.
What a head
that you never finish
did you have
time to dress yourself,
you were surprised
--Translation by Hermitina
The streets of Valparaiso! Nicole and I have been transfixed. Few places we have visited provide so much entertainment just walking around. Rainbow alleyways, roaming dogs, steep winding roads, and spiderwebs of power lines overhead. Color pops everywhere we look.
An hour's drive northwest of the capital of Santiago, Valparaiso is a port city on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Until the building of the Panama Canal, it was one of the main stopovers for ships carrying goods around the lower tip of South America, the Magellan Straights. Recently, Valparaiso has reinvented itself as a cultural hub, teeming with street life.
Nicole and I have been staying at an excellently situated Airbnb in the Alegre Hill neighborhood, which borders the famed Concepción Hill neighborhood and is within easy walking distance. We've spent hours strolling the streets, taking pictures of the scenes and art.
Each of the photographs below I took during these daily walks. Nicole added some photos to the mix as well. The following pictures are probably the best way for us to share a taste of the place we are staying. Enjoy! :)
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