So after hectic Day 5, the following days were taken at a much more leisurely pace. I spent the majority of my time here wandering the cobblestone streets, taking in the bohemian atmosphere, photographing the spectacular backdrop of eclectic houses lining the hills, and just enjoying the graffiti and colour soaked windy roads of Valparaiso. I love the character of this place so much. I can’t believe I almost bypassed this town altogether. Tourist-wise, there’s not all that much to do here beyond one day. But there is so much more to a city than just cathedrals, museums, and markets. The character of a place is something that I think a lot of people are quick to miss. But if you just slow down and take time out to learn with your ears as well as your eyes, you’ll find (as I have) that these are the things that really make a place special.
I’ve spent a lot of time with my host Lorena, and also the three Argentinos. They left for Santiago this afternoon, and tomorrow after Lorena and I share lunch together, I will be on my way to La Serena.
Some snapshots of my time here in beautiful Valparaiso:
They say pictures are a thousand words, but nothing beats being here in person. I highly recommend Valpo to anybody who visits this part of the world. Moreover, I would just like to also say the biggest THANK YOU to Lorena. She has literally adopted me for this weekend as I have no cash until the banks open tomorrow. This weekend trip to Valpo would actually not have happened had it not been for her generosity and kindness. She has been teaching me Spanish and been the best host anyone could ask for. It takes all sorts, and Lorena is one of those restoring faith in humanity. I will miss you my friend.