Steve & Joel’s Excellent Adventure: The Port of Valparaiso
OK, that’s overstating the case a bit, but it was our first time out without Cecile. She had an 8:30 breakfast meeting thingy for new students at her university, so after breakfast Joel & I went out. Took the metro to the last stop, la puerta de Valparaiso. The port is actually Valparaiso’s (& by connection Viña’s) reason for being here. Before the Panama Canal it was perhaps the most important port on the Pacific side of South America, the first or last port before or after going around Cape Horn. The Panama Canal pretty much destroyed that for much of the mid-20th century, although Valpo remains or has become again an important port as evidenced by the huge and merely large container ships we’ve seen coming and going.
Going out of the station we were obviously in one of the older parts of Valparaiso, which would make sense; one would expect the city to have been built right around the port. We saw our first ascensore (but did not go up, it was a ways away and we don’t know if it’s even a functional one) and walked around the little bit of the port open to mere turistas. After that we got back on the metro and came back to make sure we were back in time to meet Cecile, as we had the only set of keys to the apartment. At noon she goes out to sign the papers for our permanent place and at 4:00 Joel has a new student orientation at school.
While I don’t expect to keep up the two post a day pace I’ve been on, this was short so there will probably be another later.