As it turns out, staying in what is quite literally the most dangerous spot for tourists in a place where I don’t speak the language makes for a really, really, really great time. I’m still debating putting New Year’s Eve footage up. I haven’t gotten the guts to watch it yet. But I learned that if you ever need to get a crowd of people … Continue reading Snapshots from Valparaíso
Listen, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m more than a little bit thirsty for stability and control for all things big and small. The tip of the Small iceberg: I make lists like no other (both in my head and in a little notebook I carry around), prefer light switches to be pointed the same direction (really), can’t stand odd numbers, especially if … Continue reading Enough with the ‘Type A’ nonsense – there’s not a single thing you’re in control of
Like Santiago, Valparaíso is covered in graffiti. I mean drenched in spray paint. Sorry – it’s street art. You can’t turn a corner without coming face-to-face with a mural or a tagged wall, and it’s mainly because there just aren’t rules against it. It’s interesting: despite the insane amount of it, everybody colors within their own lines. You’ll never see someone else’s work covered by … Continue reading Did I invite you to live here?
(If you missed it, you can read about how we even got ourselves into this ridiculous situation here.) All’s well that ends well, and Sunday ended well. After we convinced two strangers to drive us the 45 minutes back to San Pedro, we realized we’d left the keys to our room – AND the keys to even get into the property – in the cup … Continue reading You break it, you buy it: rental car edition (Part 2)
So the day started really well. It’d been a good one; I only fell a dozen times sand boarding (and only ate sand half of those times!), made some friends, and decided to head to a desert party after watching the sun set over a lagoon filled with flamingos. The last two, however, aren’t looking so hot. Because we had to leave our rental car … Continue reading You break it, you buy it: rental car edition (Part 1)
Note: someone (cough Josh) thinks this post makes me sound like San Pedro sucks. And that’s not true, because this is the first place that I felt at home straight off the bat and it’s got some of the most incredible sights I’ve ever seen in my life. Hands down, this is the bet part of my three weeks here. It actually makes me want … Continue reading If you came to San Pedro de Atacama looking to party, you should head elsewhere
When I go somewhere new, I like to feel like I’ve actually gotten to know the place I’m resting my head at night. I hadn’t really made that connection with Valparaíso and I blame things like New Year’s Eve (can you really know a city you haven’t really seen in the daylight?). So I met up with a free walking (English speaking!!!) tour in the heart of … Continue reading Everything I could have wanted to learn about Valparaíso, I learned in 3 hours
Yeah, I hate myself for the title too, but isn’t click bait sort of funny? It’ll either backfire or do exactly what I want it to do. Besides, there is literally no other way for me to think about the beach day I’d hoped for versus the beach day I got. First of all, we really need to talk about the weather. I was promised … Continue reading She wanted a day at the beach. What she got instead will AMAZE you.
Either I really am the world’s worst Literary Studies major or my teachers never touched on the force that is Pablo Neruda. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s my fault because quite frankly, I hate poetry. Maybe this is a sin and I should give my degree back, but it’s so much effort to read and understand. I’d rather watch a Charlie Chaplin film than … Continue reading Pablo Neruda and his love for mistresses, houses, and naps
Don’t. Panic (especially you, Mom and Dad). Just read. My last afternoon in Santiago, I got lost – again – and wound up eating a Belgian waffle smothered in berries and topped with chocolate before deciding that I was going to climb to the top of Santa Lucía Hill to see the view of the city from the top of a castle. Pro tip: these … Continue reading Apartment hunting in Santiago