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Valparaiso Street Art

Valparaiso Street Art

This post is picture heavy and I really think that most of the photos speak for themselves with as little explanation from me as possible. When we booked this trip we knew that we wanted to experience Valparaiso and we’d heard from other friends that they liked the city better than Santiago, so we took that and ran with it. I am glad we did! The entire vibe of the city was so relaxed and even though we were only there for a few days, it felt like somewhere I could be happy living (hmm, retirement? lol) But really, would I want to wait that long? I’ve been thinking about a slower paced city ever since I came back from that trip so stay tuned.

I have been reading a lot of different types of blogs for a while and I’ve watched people go from fashion bloggers to lifestyle bloggers who travel and what I’ve realized is that I’m not satisfied with most of what I’m reading or seeing. Here’s an example of what I don’t get. I am not a fan of the headline “the most instagrammable spots in _____”. I like beautiful places too. I have been to the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Banff, and Lake Louise etc., all gorgeous and scenic areas. It is a big part of the reason I am going to Vancouver in May. I love scenery and I love taking photos and trying to capture the moment (impossible) but I don’t like to go places only to have a picture of myself in front of it. I am more likely to take 20 of the scenery and 2 with me along with the scenery and sharing one. I’m not saying that any way is better than the other, but I am here and writing for people like me, who travel for the experience and the culture and to post a favorite photo or two but not everything. I do feel like I’ve wanted to be more of a storyteller in some ways on my blog and less so on social media. I do not know if there is a balance but I am hoping I’ll find a way that makes me happy and also doesn’t seem like I am pretentious.

“Valparaíso, what an absurdity you are, how crazy: a crazy port. What a head of dishevelled hills, that you never finished combing. Never did you have time to dress yourself, and always you were surprised by life.” – Pablo Neruda

With all of that out of the way, today’s post is the street art of Valparaiso. The city is so colorful and beautiful The artists are prolific and well-known within South America and in other parts of the world. Some of my favorites were Pichiavo, El Kolor Distinto, and Inti. I can’t even begin to tell the stories behind the art that Francisco told us, but just know that they all have meaning. So many tell the stories of the indigenous people of Chile, or people of the islands of Chile (Chiloé Island and Rapa Nui, formerly Easter Island), of immigrants, of politics, or of every day life in the country.

Mendoza, Argentina - Spend more time here!

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