Category: South America

San Pedro de Atacama

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View from a hill with a small house in the distance

Prologue The carabineros (Chilean police) rushed into the scene before any of us could even stand up. They spread out across the front of the group, speaking in quick and efficient Spanish, telling everyone to wrap up the party and go home. One of them approached a man who was clearly drunk and probably high. He… continue reading »

The Coquimbo Region in Chile

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Why was I travelling?  As I made my way north across Chile, my definition of travel (here is a post I wrote much later on the trip), my purpose here in South America, and the bigger picture behind it all: how it would affect the person I would turn out to be – all of these things kept… continue reading »

Viña Del Mar

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Just north of Valparaiso is the town of Viña Del Mar. David, who I had latched on to since Santiago, and I walked to this town along the coast. We ate freshly caught, super-tasty fish and fries at one of the small shops along the beach. Or maybe it was at the wharf, where there were… continue reading »

Valparaiso

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On my flight to Chile, I met Gaby, a lively social worker from Valparaiso. She started smiling at the smallest of excuses, and it looked like it was hard for her to stop. She didn’t speak much English and I didn’t speak any Spanish, but we managed to exchange numbers, and have a staccato conversation, through the… continue reading »