Saturday, March 24, 2018


Mackenzie Yaksic
PUCV (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile)

When you first arrive here in Valparaíso, it's overwhelming. The amount of makeshift, bright buildings and housing on the hills is overpowering. The streets are unlike American streets in almost every week. Street vendors and pop-up farmers' markets are common. It's a busy city, and the streets are filled with many people from all social, age, and work groups. Men in suits with brief cases sit along side young mothers and college students. The way these different groups merge in this city is amazing. The street art is incredible, also. One has to take an ascensor up one of the hills to see most of the street art, but each hill makes a great day trip. The city is amazing, and unlike any other I have ever visited.