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I’m really getting used to these overnight buses, I slept more on this one to Valparaiso than any of the previous ones, almost as much as if I was in a typical bed!  I got in to Valparaiso at 8:30 in the morning and then embarked on the 1/2 hour walk to my hostel from the bus station (I’m trying to give up taxis at the moment).  Most of the walk is flat, through the sea level part of the city, but the last part is straight up to get into the cerro alegre where my hostel was.  Valparaíso is built around the bay and the hills start going up fast once you move away from the waterfront, very picturesque but not so much fun walking up the hills with a backpack on.


After I found the hostel and left my backpack there I took a walking tour to orient myself with the city, the price for it included a lunch at a good fish restaurant with a killer view over the city.  I can’t remember the last time I had fish, maybe fish n chips in England!  Good views, good food and a good day.  By the end of the afternoon though I was physically exhausted, the combination of hiking all day the day before, rushing to my bus, then walking around the hills of Valparaiso all of the next day!



The next day, after a good nights sleep and one of the best hostel breakfasts I’ve had I headed out and wandered all around taking loads of pictures.  The buildings here are colourful and of all sorts of different architecture.  None of the buildings are that old, considering the city was founded hundreds of years ago, because in 1906 an earthquake destroyed almost everything here.  What followed was rebuilding the city quickly, though not particularly structurally safe.  All the styles of building, and everything on top of everything else on the hills along with the colours make for some great views though!

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I descended to the “plan”, the flat part of the city and went to the working area barrio puerto which has lots of cheaply priced restaurants serving fresh fish and seafood.  I had the paila marina, which was basically a seafood stew served piping hot in a stone bowl, reminding me a little of the dol-sot-bibimbap in South Korea.



After lunch I walked around “the plan” a bit more, before heading back up the hill/cliff to my hostel where I collapsed into a chair.  Later on, I went out at dusk, got a great twilight view of the harbour and then found a restaurant specializing in Chilean food for dinner.  I had the conejo con salsa de vino tinto y frambuesa with a pisco sour, the classic Chilean cocktail.  Good meal.

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