Papas mayo

Trip Start Sep 15, 2007
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Trip End Dec 13, 2007


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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Okay so papas are potatoes.  Mayonesa is mayonaise, mayo for short.  Mayo also means May.  Anyway, put papas and mayo together and say it really fast a la chileano and what  I hear is papas-something so I say 'si' and of course I get potato salad.  Not quite what I wanted.  Went great with the polo asada and arroz--a very tipico dish I´m told. 

Valparaiso is a bussling and vibrant little port city with a real European flavour.  Everywhere you turn there´s a plaza.  People and the delicious smells of fresh baked bread, empanadas and the many small cafes fill the winding streets.  The markets are amazing.  2 kilos of avocados cost what a single avocado does back in Edmonton. 

A 45 minute harbour tour set me back a couple of bucks plus a tip for the guide who even gave the only gringo on board a bit of an english version!   This is followed by a visit to Pablo Neruda´s house and some vino tinto (go figure) before heading a to a late cena (dinner) at one of Cerro Alegre´s many fine cafes. 

Edmonton Transit authorities could do with a visit to Valparaiso.  They might then see how effective a transit system that employs many smaller buses and even cars called collectivos can be and in a lesser 'developed´country for that matter. Rides range from 30 to 50 cents. 

Oh and did I mention the weather is gorgeous? 
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