Chile #3: Favorite Producer Day! (Valparaiso, Chile)

When we left the review of Chile, I was dying in a downtown Santiago hotel room.

Literally dying.
I bought so much antibiotic that night, it's no wonder I didn't stop breathing.

Cold/Flu/Pneumonia, whatever you want to call chills, coughing up blood, coughing so much you throw up?  I don't know what I was fighting, but I was a capital M, Mess.

One of my favorite producers, Lauren, invited me to join her for a day in Valparaiso.
After a beautiful drive to the coast, we entered a beautiful city.

Let's skip quickly over both needing to use the bathroom, me losing my cellphone, but not really, and trying to find parking.

Details. :)

We shopped on the main walk way and Lauren got the BEST BEST BEST most fabulous pair of boots I've ever seen.  Someday, I will go back to their small store and buy those amazing boots.
Beautiful street art at every corner!

Where Lauren and I had lunch

Wearing my "Sister" necklace (Love you, Jazmin!)

Producer Love!  We had something amazing for dessert!

Look up the hill...

The views were stunning!

Funicular time!

Did I mention my fear of heights?

Then we headed over to La Sebastiana, where Pablo Neruda, the poet, lived.

 He writes... Brown and Agile Child
Brown and agile child, the sun which forms the fruit
And ripens the grain and twists the seaweed
Has made your happy body and your luminous eyes
And given your mouth the smile of water.

A black and anguished sun is entangled in the twigs
Of your black mane when you hold out your arms.
You play in the sun as in a tidal river
And it leaves two dark pools in your eyes.

Brown and agile child, nothing draws me to you,
Everything pulls away from me here in the noon.
You are the delirious youth of bee,
The drunkedness of the wave, the power of the wheat.

My somber heart seeks you always
I love your happy body, your rich, soft voice.
Dusky butterfly, sweet and sure
Like the wheatfiled, the sun, the poppy, and the water. 

 I may have done theses at Neruda's House, too.

(And for those of you who asked what kind of push ups these are, these are REAL push ups.  Your chest needs to hit the floor every time.  Chest to floor push ups.  Just saying.)

And we could pretend that Lauren and I headed home into the sunset and had a great day!  And we did, we did have a great day!  But.  I think it took us about 4 hours to get back home.

You see, in December, in Chile, they celerbate the Immaculate Conception with a pilgramage.  From Santiago to the coast.

And they shut down the high way.
So it looks like this:

I don't know this guy - but it's a great example of the highway.
So, Lauren, the brave, and I headed down every country road known to man kind life.
And by road.
We use that term loosely.
Some of it was falling away.
Some of it was two lanes, that were barely big enough to be considered one lane.
And some of them were so narrow one lanes, that you thought - is this real life?

But it was.
And Lauren, the brave, navigated it all.
While I assured her we weren't going to die.
I enjoyed the extra time and views of the country side for that matter.
But at points.
It was like.
Maybe we ARE going to die.
And then we made it to the vineyards.

And I knew we'd get home.
And we did.
And I adored that experience in Chile as much as I adore Lauren.

Coming up we'll hit the days after production left that I stayed in Santiago with my mom and little sister.

And if you're not totally pictured or blogged out today, go visit my friend Steph's Blog, Steph's Photography Blog , she took some great photos.  And allowed me to share what it's like learning to love yourself.

And tomorrow, I'll blog a little bit more here about photos.
And a little thing I like to call, body dysmorphia.


  1. That's awesome! Breathtaking places! :) What a brave friend you have! :D Looking forward to the pictures and your stories about your mom and sister.

  2. I just stopped by Steph's Photography Blog and those are all great pictures of you! Your personality shines through every picture! LOVE THEM! also loved everything you were wearing, particularly the black dress at the end... LOL! I have "That" dress (just the layer underneath is turquoise) but YOU rock that dress! So happy you shared everything you did there.

    The Thin Lady Inside.

  3. Love the pictures!
    Here is a documentary about Valparaiso...and some of your pictures are shown here. Hope you enjoy it. :)



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