Wandering in Valparaiso Chile



I will always remember our day in Valparaiso, Chile as a perfect example of how travel dreams don’t match reality – and that’s OK. I think I secretly thought Valparaiso would be even a tiny bit like the busy trade port described in Allende’s Daughter of Fortune – Panama Canal be damned. It wasn’t. There is a busy port. The ascensores up the steep hills in the old town are still there and working, but Valparaiso is mostly a modern city – with colorful modern graffiti. I was a little sad, but only a little. We had a fabulous day just wandering. I thought my kids weren’t listening when I explained Valparaiso’s important role in pre-canal trade but then months later (in one of the Chinese treaty ports I think) BigB turned to me and said “Oh, this is just like Valparaiso”, so I guess they were listening after all.

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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

One thought on “Wandering in Valparaiso Chile

  1. Sonja

    Graffiti is a common sight in most big cities now and overseas many people think it’s cool because it’s so “American,” but I can’t help but be sad whenever I see it too.

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