Continuing my adventures in Chile, and leaving the Beautiful Port city of Valparaiso, following the magnificent Fireworks display on New Year’s Eve, we dined on an excellent Chilean Cuisine, Chilean food is far different from what you expect in a Western country. Chileans eat a lot of seafood, much like we eat a lot of Meat products. Being a Coastal country they have access to Seafood, to the extent that it forms part of their everyday diet, and their Seafood is fresh, caught from the ocean that is swept by the Humboldt Current. By taxi, we travelled back down the magnificent hillside to Valparaiso, the city was still ablaze with lights and Fireworks, New Years Eve in this City is celebrated to the limits, Parties and Dancing would continue on into the early morning. As the Moon settled into her night-time vigil over Valparaiso Bay, we rested for the night in preparation of exploring the colorful streets and Cosmopolitan by ways that form the hills of Valparaiso.
The next two days were spent exploring every street and Alleys in the High Hills, obviously we couldn’t cover all areas, and our driver chose the streets that bought the City to life, its Artwork, commonly known as Graffiti, but here classified as Art. This Artwork has become world renowned, to the extent that overseas artists are invited each year, to add their talents to the streets and buildings in Chile. I was fascinated with the Art, the colossal sizes of the murals, the colours and images all displayed a Chilean talent very rarely seen in other countries. As I have previously mentioned, the hills of Valparaiso have the potential for devastating fires and landslides, the majority of times they are caused by Earthquakes, the houses are a cross between the old Colonial structures, and additions that were added before building regulations became a part of the development programmes in Chile. Chile is renowned for Earthquakes, the last major Quake hit Santiago in 2010, It’s rather ironic that in Chile, they feel that anything under 6 magnitude on the Richter scale is nothing more than a tremor, whereas we in the Western worlds classify a 2 percent magnitude as an Earthquake for Chileans, anything under 6 percent is usually referred to as The Earth Talking. I digress for a moment, in Santiago we used Taxis all the time, one young driver, about twenty years of age, related his story of how he survived the 2010 Earthquake and Tsunami that rocked Valparaiso, through my lovely Interpreter, my wife Ana, he told his story, he stated, the Earth was Alive, it was Breathing, it was rising and falling like your chest, inhaling and exhaling, he went on to say that during the Earthquake, he and his family, fled to the hills of Valparaiso, he subsequently, later on, became a Taxi driver in Santiago. Back to my colourful streets of the Hills of Valparaiso, we spent two days, I was photographing as much as I could, I wanted to capture the Beautiful Artwork that is Valparaiso, I took hundreds of Photographs which I want to, hopefully, have a Photographic exhibition later on. In the meantime I share with you, this small selection.
Kind regards and best Wishes
Aussie Emu aka Ian