I have not fallen from the edge of the world into the great abyss, but I have been almost ten days without internet, so it is almost the same thing. The first four I was on an amazing ferry journey from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales in Chile, where I saw a glacier, penguins, sea otters, dolphins and had some great sessions with our new boat friends. Then I went straight on a five day hike in Torres Del Paine National Park, where I saw more glaciers, stunning landscapes, guanacos (very importantly not lamas, people get very touchy about it, but for all intensive purposes they are lamas), condors (massive birds), a grey fox, flamingos and managed to survive without collapsing under the weight of my bag. A post will be going up in the near future on the travel blog.
A few weeks ago I posted pictures of street art in Santaigo in Chile. The next town we visited was Valparaíso, which somehow managed to have even more. This is an edited selection (doesn’t really seem like it!). I had an impression that Valparaíso would be a quaint little town. Instead, it was dirty, busy and run down, with power lines running everywhere, which of course people were running their own lines off. But what it lacked in ‘twee’, it made up for in a different kind of charm. It is based on a number of hills and all of the houses are brightly coloured which gives beautiful views. It had lots of great cafes, galleries and shops and obviously loads of great street art too.
My favourites are probably the first two, which look like someones living room. I also love the last image, which is really simple but really clever. I should probably explain the third image from the bottom, it is a pram in the middle of the footpath with a pair of painted mannequin legs sitting in it. I am still not sure if someone left it there deliberately or if it was just rubbish, but it beats a pile of bricks!