We are now in Valparaíso, about two hours from Santiago. Being one of the most important seaports in Chile, this city has a real Mediterranean feel. The houses are painted thousands of different colors, and frankly, it feels totally different from Santiago. There are wild animals as well as graffiti everywhere in the streets. And like many other cities in Chile, Valparaíso is prone to earthquakes; we felt three really small ones in one day! Also, the city is surrounded by hills – where most people live. Our hostel (Hostal Luna Sonorisa – killer place with a great breakfast!) is located on one of these hills, which takes 20 minutes of walking upwards to reach. After we finish this city, our legs are going to be made of steel!
And like I mentioned, this place is plagued with tons of graffiti everywhere, some that are pretty funny:
And like I mentioned, there are tons and tons of homeless animals here, some of them you just want to take with you back to your home! Some dog followed us for about an hour on the first day we were in this town.
Alice, the dogs photos are for you!!!
So this week, we also visited the Valparaíso cemetery, located on another hill. It was a pain in the ass to get there! I guess they want to give the eventual zombies a hard time… or something.
And in relation to the cemetery, we went to a small museum in Viña del Mar (a small city right next to Valparaiso) and I finally got to see a Chilean mummy! Check it out:
And some cool Ecuadorian shrunken heads… these were heads of the enemies, shrunken to trap their souls forever, so they don’t come back and haunt the killer… really creepy stuff:
And we also went to eat some Chorrillana (some kind of greasy fries topped with beef, onions and eggs) at the most famous place here, J. Cruz – which was pretty overpriced, but still worth it for the beautiful interior decoration:
And to finish, here is an extremely funny ad for…
So that’s all for today! Tonight we are off to play our second concert in Chile, with Condenados, Bad Joke, Metal Grave and Marchafunebre… should be really killer. Come to the sabbat!
March 18th, 2011 at 7:26 pm
Marchafunebre is a great secret within Doom. I hope their show CRUSHES.
March 18th, 2011 at 7:44 pm
Annick, Viña del Mar is bigger than Valparaiso, and very much Santiago-like. You guys should go there 🙂
March 18th, 2011 at 10:36 pm
Hi Annickie-poo! I’m glad you’re having an awesome time. Nice doggie pictures! Bring me a shrunken head!! (ok, I know you can’t but a girl can still dream, right?) I can’t wait to see you again.
March 19th, 2011 at 1:48 am
i absolutely LOVE the animal pics, especially the kat prior to cemetery visit!!!!!
been following your blog all along and i feel like im traveling with you…hehe
have a good rest of the time and make sure you work off those calf muscles in the city! hehe
p.s.: i like your caption for pic #19!!!! lol