Sliding in Valparaiso


My students had a blast sliding down Valparaiso’s 48 hills while on our walking tour with La Bicicleta Verde.

After all the sliding, climbing up and down staircases and riding funiculars up and down the old port city, the kids were hungry. We tore into some Chilean alfajores from a shop down one of the twisting alley ways. (Valparaiso had its heyday before the pesky Panama Canal diverted traffic away from it.)


The chocolately coated treat has cookies layered with dulce de leche inside! Side note– I ate 9 of these while in Chile.


Some of the technicolored street art may look familiar to you if you have read posts about my first trip to Valparaiso two years ago. During that last trip, as on this trip, the colorful “graffiti” made quite an impression on me. I don’t want to call it graffiti, because some of it is quite beautiful and rendered artistically:



I captured this picture of Susan Colb at the very end of our tour alongside the water. The students and I owe the entire trip to her– she grew up in Chile, and this was the fourth year that she invited Menlo School students to stay at her family’s ranch in Casablanca at Fundo Santa Rita, an hour outside of Santiago.


You can read about student Silas’ impressions of Santiago on the Menlo students’ Chile blog.

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One Comment on “Sliding in Valparaiso”

  1. August 28, 2014 at 23:46 #

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