Part of Valparaiso has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a very small part of Valpo mainly comprising of Cerros Alegre, Artilleria, Concepcion and part of El Plan. It’s by no surprise that these are the more expensive parts of town and also where you’ll find most expats living.
Our apartment is on the border of the UNESCO zone and though there are no special privileges for living in the zone there is a definite change in the architecture on the next cerro.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you would have seen numerous colourful houses but there are also the houses owned by people who can’t afford maintenance.
When living in a different country you have to expect a few things to make you raise your eyebrows. What product would you trust to disinfect your vegetables and protect you from hantavirus, typhus and cholera?
Talluah heard me gasp from across the apartment when I saw this label. She came running into the bathroom expecting me to be cornered by the nasty Chilean Recluse Spider. So what product would you use? Chlorine of course.
Yesterday I spent an hour in line waiting to see someone about applying for a work visa and was told that my paper work was incorrect and to come back another time. This was running through my head today while we were walking back from the library and Indiana asked me what I’d wish for. I said a sack of gold would be nice so I wouldn’t have to look for work. She asked my why I wanted the gold and I told her I was feeling a bit down about not getting a visa or a job.
Her answer to the situation was this, “Tonight we’ll ask our neighbours and the people living near us to turn off their lights so you can see the stars better then you can look for a falling star and make a wish.”
Some things are more valuable than a sack of gold.