Travelling throughout Chile is a wondrous adventure, every day is different, every day comes alive in the streets of the cities, the hustle and bustle of the people, the street walk sellers, and the outdoor restaurants, all give an impression of one continuous party or festivity. I have seen such wonders that have left me amazed and in awe of Mother Nature, and this incredible Planet we call home. Wonders from the mesmerizing Glaciers and Continental Ice Shelf’s in the Patagonian region of Chile down South, to the vastness of the harsh sands and searing Sun of the Atacama Desert up North of Chile. The vibrant Culture and lifestyle is much like a Spiritual movement, the very air vibrates with motion and energy, you see it in the faces of the people, the relaxed afternoon lunches enjoyed by those dining under the outdoor umbrellas in the warm sunshine, whilst in the background you are watched over by the massive snow capped mountains of the Andes, or as called in Chile, La Cordillera del los Andes. Chile from North to South, its Cities, small villages and people are endearing. Admittedly a Third World Country in many ways, but in other ways it has qualities that the Western World doesn’t have. It is very easy to fall in love with Chile, and I have as such, fallen under its spell. Having recently returned in October last year, plans are now being made for this year’s adventure, new places, new wonders and new secrets hidden in the small villages and regions of this captivating Country.
I have recorded many adventures in photographic form, and yet in a number of instances, I have missed out on once in a lifetime pictures due to not having my camera with me. This anomaly occurs due to thinking that we are only going a short distance for a specific purpose and not to be encumbered with a camera. A very bad mistake I have since learnt, when you least expect it, that once in a lifetime moment occurs. I missed photographing three UFO’s or OVNI, hovering over Santiago one evening, they were far out in space yet huge enough to be hovering in the atmosphere above us. Unfortunately Camera’s and Jewellery are a strong temptation in public in Chile. In subsequent visits to Chile I do retrace some steps to get that one missed photographic moment, alas that UFO moment cannot be recreated.
It was a few weeks before we were to leave Chile and return to Australia, we decided to take a day and revisit Valparaiso Harbor, a beautiful flamboyant area of the Harbor, street vendors displaying an assortment of wares, handcrafted goods and the usual tourist attractive items. We were specifically looking for one handcrafted object, it is glassware, specifically a melted bottle that retains an image that is embedded in the melted glass, but I will leave that story for another time. It was on the shores of the Harbor that we came across one of the best enchanting street artists I have been fortunate to see.
The street entertainer was a Puppeteer or Marionette Master, he had five puppets, one was an Opera singer complete with tuxedo and white shirt and tie, two were a duet team, one was a Country and Western singer with a guitar, and the last was a Skeleton. He started his music and those puppets came alive, the adults looked on in enjoyment, the children watched in amazement, smiles from ear to ear and eyes as big as the Moon, mine was the same as I looked at a small girl and she smiled back at me with her mouth wide open in awe. I had first started to watch the Puppeteers hand movements until my eyes were drawn to the Puppet, I became lost in a Child’s world of enchantment and fantasy.
I was transported into the imaginary world of make believe fun of a Childs mind, a beautiful world we all have hidden away in the recesses of our Childhood memories.
I regret not having a video recorder but then again, recording it would have taken me away from the pure wonderment of that magical moment. I was sure someone around the world would have recorded this artist, I searched the internet and found a recording, I can’t be a hundred percent sure it is the same artist; however the song and movements of the Puppeteer are virtually similar.
I leave you to enjoy this fascinating performance by The Skeleton, as he plays for you, Let’s Twist Again by Chubby Checker.