05.09.2010 0 °F
I woke up this morning still shit-faced and not in any condition to explore more of Valparaiso. I went to dinner last night at Le Filou de Montpellier which is a French restaurant here in Valparaiso. The food was mind blowing. Just 10 choices to pick from for dinner. I had a giant bowl of steamed mussels followed by beef bourguignon. They also serve home-made pate that I couldn't stop eating. During dinner I finished an entire bottle of Carmenere. Ran into a kid wearing an SDSU sweater. He was an exchange student from Del Mar/Torrey Pines. Afterwards I went back to Cafe Vinilo for more of their micro-brews and stayed there until they closed. Ran into a photographer from Portugal and he decided to join Judy and I to for more drinks. While walking to the next drinking hole this Chilean started talking English to us since she overheard us and wanted to practice her English. She tried to get us in a club for free but the bouncer would budge and wanted the guys to pay so we decided on another bar to see some live music. Ended up at some random bar with a bunch of Chileans singing songs about politics and national pride. We were sitting on the second floor overlooking the stage and my drunk ass started to fist pump and yell Viva la Revolucion and I got a few stares...yeah. Needless to say today I am suffering from all that boozing.
After dragging myself out of bed we walked down the hill to catch a bus to Concon. It's a small beach town just north of Valparaiso and there's a place there called Las Deliciosas known for empanadas. I fell alseep during the bus ride up the Chilean coast and we missed our stop by 22 km...no bueno. We got off at some random town and just hopped on another bus back to Concon.
At Las Deliciosis I ordered 3 kinds of empanadas. Each one was between $1 and $2 and they were much bigger than I thought. The first was crab with cheese followed by razor clams with onions and razor clams with cheese. All were damn worth the trip and the best empanada was the razor clam with cheese.
Went to the beach after that belly filling meal. Water was too cold since it's still winter here in Chile. Waves were small but that didn't stop some surfers waiting to catch that big ride. The views were amazing and the open air was a nice reprieve from the cluster of Valparaiso.
Walked around Concon for a bit and was amazed by the seafood here. There are so many great restaurants here and they were all packed with people. We didn't eat at any of them since we were still full from the empanadas and also we had to catch a bus back to Valparaiso.
Back in Valparaiso we walked up from our hostel to see Pablo Neruda's house called La Sebastiana. He was an influential poet and Nobel Prize laureate. His house has spectacular views of Valparaiso and is worth the crazy hike up Cerros Bellavista. His home was built to look like a ship and each room is an art museum in itself. I don't have any images of inside the house...not allowed to shoot pictures.
You can't take pictures when inside the house but you can take pictures of the views. These are some of the views from Neruda's house.
Well it's been a crazy couple of days here in Valparaiso. I'll miss the city's charm but won't miss the dog shit. Going to go to bed early to catch the first bus back to Santiago for a flight out to the desert in the north. Peace out!