One of the nice things about spending a year in a foreign country is that you get to see things and attend events that tourists miss. The Day of Patriotism is one of those events. The presidential palace in Viña del Mar in Chile is only open to the public one day a year. People, along with Wooly and Raeski line up for blocks to see the inside and outside of the summertime residence of the president of Chile. Here are a few of the rooms in the palace.
Spring in the mountains comes later than in most parts of the US. Flowers burst with color and wildlife comes out of the dens, nests and caves. Moms shed their shaggy winter coats and the kids are adorable in their fluffy white fur. This pair of mountain goats were sighted at Hidden Lake in Glacier National Park.
Cerro Barón residents have recently had a hard time. Their homes ravaged by recent earthquakes and fires, the people still return to rebuild and they may best represent the spirit of Valparaiso. It’s not the best nor the worst neighborhood in Valparaiso. It’s resilient and manages to thrive in spite of the hardships. Homes are colorful and people are friendly. Here is a taste of street life in Cerro Barón.
Today I take you into an area of Valparaiso where no tourist should venture alone. When in this area my camera only is visible when taking pictures and I am ALWAYS aware of my surroundings. In Chile crime is rarely violent, but it is opportunistic and ready to take advantage of a lost tourist. In Valpo art is everywhere. Even in low income neighborhoods like this one. It’s part of the charm of Valparaiso.
To understand Valparaiso look no further than the street art. Considered the Bohemian capital of Chile the art spans a wide spectrum of genres. Known for its brightly painted homes clinging to hillsides, Valpo is also home to one of the largest collections of street art in the world and residents are quite proud of it. The entire city embraces the graffiti culture. Almost every street has art somewhere along its length. It doesn’t matter if the neighborhood is run-down or appointed with fine restaurants and elegant hotels, street art can be found. Entire blocks may be painted telling a story. Enjoy my take on street life taken from the streets of Valparaiso, Chile. These photos of the artwork are from Cerro Artillería where the Chile’s Naval Museum is found.