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Library visits in Chile

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

In Santiago, we visited the National Library of Chile. This is the main reading room.

Biblioteca Nacional de Chile

Thanks to a contact Laura has, we were able to visit the Centro de Documentation at El Mercurio, the preeminent newspaper in Chile. I talked shop with the news librarians there — you know, indexing, databases, research, clip files. It was interesting to learn how similar their jobs are to mine.

That’s my gracious host, Veronica Vega, on the right.

El Mercurio visit

Valparaiso and Santiago, Chile

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Valparaiso sits on a bunch of hills overlooking the Pacific ocean. It’s not unlike San Francisco in that way.


Pablo Neruda’s house in Isla Negra is full of his collections. Here are some of his glass knick-knacks.

Neruda's glass objects

We had a lovely sunset our first night in Santiago.

Santiago sunset

Had dinner in a Viking restaurant.

Dan the Viking

Santiago is a modern city.

Santiago buildings

The central market is considerably cleaner than many others we’ve visited on this trip.

mercado central

This guard paces the courtyard of the Presidential Palace.

Presidential Palace guard

Old Minis sit in a Santiago courtyard.

Chile Minis

Cerro Santa Lucia (a park) offers great views of the Santiago skyline and a place for making out couples to fulfill their exhibitionistic tendencies.

Cerro Santa Lucia

We had dinner with Laura´s lovely sister, Maria Angelica, who lives in Santiago.

Maria Angelica

Puente del Inca, AR

Saturday, February 25th, 2006
New photos have been added! Go as far back as the entry for Puno, Peru. Last night we stayed in Puente del Inca which is Spanish for ¨windy as heck with nothing to do.¨ Actually, it is just down the street ... [Continue reading this entry]

Mendoza, AR

Friday, February 24th, 2006
This is wine-making country. Lots of trucks full of grapes. Stay tuned for pictures. Some day we will get them on the blog.

Cordoba, Alta Gracia, AR

Friday, February 24th, 2006
Cordoba was strangely like being in some city in Spain. Che's boyhood home Alta Gracia is just outside of Cordoba and was where Che Guevara spent a lot of time as a kid playing revolutionary. cakes in  ... <a href=[Continue reading this entry]

Cachi, Santa Maria and Tucuman, AR

Friday, February 24th, 2006
Some Argentines we met in Bolivia told us to check out Cachi, a little town in the countryside. Here's a road on the way there. near Cachi We were heading out of Cachi and toward Cafayate when we ... [Continue reading this entry]

bigger photo from Coroico road

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Originally uploaded by Bibliobiker.
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Salta, Argentina

Friday, February 17th, 2006
On the road from San Antonio de los Cobres to Salta, this is what you see: Dan with cactus friends What do you get when you cross Italy and France with Latin America?  Yup, you get an Argentina.  ... [Continue reading this entry]


Thursday, February 16th, 2006
This part of Argentina is known for its beautiful rock formations. The Quebrada de Humahuaca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quebrada means ravine, but this is much more than a mere ravine. It's hard to believe we hadn't heard ... [Continue reading this entry]

Iruya, Argentina

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Made it to Argentina. Stay tuned.

road to Iruya

The road to Iruya is incredibly curvy and chock-full of scenery.  Before now we didn't know that parts of Argentina resembled Utah.

Salinas Grandes

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