Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wonderful Dog from Santiago

Waiting at the bus stop, who should walk by, but a favorite of mine, a handsome Bulldog. So I hollered out, "Hola, Guapo!" and his person brought him over to meet me. (There were a lot of laughs from the others at the bus stop. I suppose they didn't think this guy was that handsome.)

This is a privileged fellow.  He has a person to look after him and a home with a comfy bed to return to at the end of his walk.

To understand better how the wonderful dogs of Santiago live, here is a blog post by Michael Turtle. The locals tell me that at least once a year, a number of vets check the dogs on the street, making sure they are healthy and have their vaccinations. I understand that a lot of apartment owners now have the provision whereby residents are allowed to "adopt" a dog for the weekend.



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Santiago, Plaza de la Constitucion

Scenes from Santiago, Chile.
Plaza de la Constitution







Santiago, 1930
Andes in the background 
(Public domain)


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Valparaiso, Chile, to Santiago

The road from Valparaiso, Chile, to Santiago is an easy ride on a multi-lane highway.


Many large vineyards are located in this area.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Old (Odd) Travel Memories (1990)

Background.
For almost 30 years, I have been a driver for someone who does historical reenactments.  At the time of this event, he was attending a Revolutionary War reenactment in Wayne, New Jersey.

I would help pack the van to the gills with reenacting equipment (tents, tables, desks, flags, etc, plus a lot of equipment for overnight stays at a local hotel/motel). Then I would start driving soon after midnight, driving carefully south through the greater Metropolitan New York area to reach Wayne, New Jersey, by 5-6 AM, so that I could help in setting up the Rev War camp. After the camp was set up, I would then drive to an accommodation in the area and finish the task of unloading several suitcases of clothing, wedges for sore backs, applique equipment, and the Cpap bag (which carries a machine for the purpose of sleeping at night).

After checking into the large chain hotel, I began the task of unloading the car and carrying the many bags into the room.

By this time, I was exhausted, so I switched on the TV and laid down for a rest.
The door flew open, and a man (the manager of the hotel) rushed across the room, grabbed the bag you see below, and raced out the door, screaming, "We don't allow cats at this hotel!!!"
After a short time, he returned with the opened bag, asking, "WHERE'S the cat?!"

Note: After entering hotel rooms now, I secure all available bolts before resting.




Sunday, June 15, 2014

Valparaiso, Port City West of Santiago

One of the most important port cities in Chile is Valparaiso.
I would encourage you to explore the links on this page. 

The residential area is built on hills overlooking the harbor.
It is possible to drive into the hills, but it is time-consuming.
In order to create a more efficient way of accessing the city from the residential area, ascensors have long been  utilized. Click the following link to see images.





Street Market



In April 2014, a fire destroyed over 3,000 homes on the hills of Valparaiso. Click here for images of the fire.


We're off to Santiago!


Friday, May 23, 2014

Departing Scenes from La Serena, Chile

 Parks, Architecture, Flora, Fauna, and Port Scenes
(Click on photos for closer view, then click on larger photo to change to next photo.)










Independent, but happy, local dog


Domesticated llama entertaining restaurant patrons




Holland America's Veendam waiting in the harbor


Thank you for the beautiful music!


Final harbor views before heading into international waters.





Monday, May 19, 2014

Vineyards West of the Atacama

Traveling from La Serena to the Valle del Elqui, one sees beautiful mountain scenery and valleys which have been irrigated by La Laguna Dam, enabling productive vineyards to thrive. It was interesting to see what was being accomplished on this land so close to the very dry Atacama Desert. I had seen the vineyards which lie between Santiago and Valparaiso.  It was a nice surprise to see the vineyards in the north as well.






The mountains are quite arid.


The dam.





Elqui Valley winery


"When the roses are healthy, the grapes will also thrive."