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South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region January 2nd 2013

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South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso January 1st 2013

Happy New Year blogging buddies, it is a quiet morning here in Valparaiso,at least on my street. The city parties hard at new years eve so a day of rest is called for. I have settled into my new home quite comfortably and am getting used to kitchen and the hot water system which provides surprises in mid shower!!!The Humboldt current right down my back!!!Brrrrr. There are a few things missing from the apt and I will be shopping for them when the stores open again.Dish towels,can opener that sort of thing.I do have my swiss army knife so cork screw and bottle opener are always close at hand. Be prepared as the scouts taught me.Yesterday the sun burned off the fog at about 1pm and the city and sea were bathed in the glorious light.Quite ... read more

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region December 30th 2012

Well hello again blogging buddies,from Valparaiso Chile.I am stting in my apartment on Calle Hector Calvo on the cerro Bellavista! Sun is shining on the hillside and the sea, which I can see from my livingroom.It was foggy when I arrived and time will tell if fog is part of my life here. Let me o back tou from the fog to the snow. I left Ottawa on Saturday morning very early,a 6am flight meant up at 3:45 and a cab waiting at 4:30 so leaving Ottawa was in a fog of itself.I thought I would be alone at the airport but found it crowded with vacationers heading south to sunny locales but had lots of time and a business class ticket so leisurely boarding and leg room.First flight was to Toronto and what I thought ... read more

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso December 22nd 2012

We have experienced another rough night at sea, but it turned out to be not quite as bad as the prior night. It appears as we head down toward the Horn, sea conditions will worsen a bit each day, so this is our time to see if we are going to be able handle Antarctica on a future voyage on a much smaller ship. We awoke this morning, pulled the curtains back to find an ASROC rocket launcher staring us back in the face. This is the home port of the biggest portion of the Chilean Navy, so there a bunch of Frigates and Destroyers moored alongside. Steve is not really up-to-snuff on his Jane’s Naval Order of Battle, but he thinks the vessels have a Russian design look, versus a U.S. look. The first leg ... read more
 Funicular tracks
1938 fire truck
1940's electric bus

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso December 22nd 2012

Sorry about the long time between updates, actually I´m not sorry, I´ve been having an awesome time. I have been surfing, having parties and doing awesome stuff, I haven´t really had time to sit at a computer, also there haven´t been any really around or available. So where I last left you I was about to head to the coastal port and village and valparaiso and viña del mar. I had an over night bus and as a result had a beautiful 4 hours chatting with an american who claimed to be Australian after 3 years living in Sydney. Unfortunately his ignorance and arrogance continually broke through the little aussie appeal he had picked up. Valparaiso is a shipping town crammed onto a hilly port just north west of Santiago. The steep streets, stairways and inclinators ... read more
Valpo Walkway
Ygoslavo Walkway
Valparaiso

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South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso December 18th 2012

My new favourite city in the world is the crazy, quirky, kooky, arty, twisty-turny, topsy-turvy city of Valparaiso. The whole city is built around a landscape of 42 hills, and looks like it was designed by either an eccentric genius, a very brave architect or a madman. The city is a maze of steep, winding streets that coil around the hills and climb up and down. The layout is random and chaotic. Getting from A to B is not intuitive, and you'll find yourself going via C, D and E in the process. If you look at Valparaiso on a map, it looks like someone threw down a bowl of cooked spaghetti when they planned it. Adding to the confusion, there is a rabbit-warren of side passages and stairs which link many of the roads. If ... read more
Gravity-Defying Valparaiso
Sinister Street Art
Chicken on the Bedside Table

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso December 13th 2012

We’ve found Lonely Planet to be a mixed bag. First it’s full of lots of useful facts and figures and gives you the feel for places. It also gives you a good idea of some places to stay and eat. The Yellow House in Valparaiso was one of those, being the writer’s favourite choice and we really enjoyed being there. It’s got character and soul. That’s what makes or breaks an overnight stop for me. In terms of maps for navigating the country….forget it! The maps conveniently omit or add roads at will. It reminds me of the time we drove across Europe using just the map in the back of my Dad’s diary. But it adds an extra dimension in meeting the locals. Argentinian’s are really friendly and always willing to help and give directions. ... read more
Competition for Douglas
Lunch
Chile's Space Program

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region December 12th 2012

Day-11 I don’t know if Joe told you about us staying the night in a random scruffy hotel called: hotel of tourism… well we woke up and tried to get out of the place as soon as possible. We managed to get out and into the car by 9am. But apart from the manky hotel and stuff, that bed I slept in has been the best bed on the trip so far!!!!! It was a nice and big double bed with a soft mattress. Which was nice! That day was a short day in the car because we made an unexpected stop in Valparaiso, caused by the good reviews from the Lonely planet Chile guide book. It recommended a lovely little place to stay called The yellow house! To get there we had to drive through ... read more
hotel turismo
my bike crash
hotel turismo

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Valparaíso November 27th 2012

Over the weekend, some of the girls from Spanish School and I decided to make the trek out to El Maraido Glacier about two hours east of Santiago. Although we originally planned to catch the bus out there, Katie and I were met with an amazing surprise when we were picked up from the bus station by Felipe, the guy that Christiana from class was couch surfing with. The journey became increasingly interesting when the road became gravel (were in something smaller than a Holden Barina) but after a few words of encouragement and amazing driving skills on Felipes part we managed to make it there. Usually entry to the park is 2.000 pesos ($4) per person, however the park ranger was so impressed that Felipe had managed to bring three girls with him that he ... read more
Half way there
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Valparaiso

South America » Chile » Valparaíso Region » Viña del Mar November 27th 2012

As we had left Bolivia earlier than planned, there was time for some more exploring around Santiago. So we planned a little trip to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. We decided to sleep, eat and relax in Viña del Mar, a popular somewhat upscale beach town, and visit Valparaiso, port town said to be Chile's cultural capital, on a day trip from there.... read more
Our tasty lunch and Admiral Naomi
Valparaiso - lots of interesting street art
...and Naomi´s first Moai.  Tomorrow Easter Island!




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