Between the excitement of the bagels in Santiago and Viña, and then the excitement of teargassing peaceful protesters of the hydroelectric project in the south of Chile (and the fact that Global Voices and BuzzTracker picked up that blog post), there has been movement afoot. And I love all of it. I adore the fact that you can get food commentary one day, linguistic blabla the next and a little politics on day three. Or rather, I love that I can spin it, and that there’s something for everyone. I think (probably too much) about what it means to be an expat blogger. I know that what I produce is just one person’s view. If I were taller, or blonder (or blonde at all), or looked just ten degrees to the left or if a panoply of other things were true about me, my perspective would be different.
But today I don’t want to tell you anything. I just want to put up some photos that have been hanging out on my desktop for way too long. These are some parts of my Chile, my Santiago, my perspective. Eso. (that’s it).
Sign, La Reina (Comuna of Santiago)
Recoleta Cemetery, Recoleta (no photos allowed!)
And one day I will take a page from Kyle Hepp’s good book, and talk about the hows and whys of my photography. Maybe.
I demand more photos (In a nice, friendly way)
you may have to wait for another Friday. But thanks for letting me get those off my desktop. Feels good to do a little housecleaning. When are you coming to Santiago!?
I hope to visit Santiago soon, and stay at least for a couple of days; I´ve been just de paso in Santiago the last times I´ve been there. It´s weird, but I would really like to see a great protest in the Alameda some day. (From some distance, of course xD)
I hear there’s one on the 21st of may, but I won’t be here. Sometime we’ll actually get to meet up.
You can’t take pics inside the cemetery?
All I can say is oops 😛
you’re not supposed to, and if they catch you, they will tell you so, or in the last case, when I was there with Pam, they told us that at the exit we might be asked to erase our memory cards (sounds like bull to me…) But I’ve been and have taken photos at least four times, so it seems kind of random if you’re stopped or not. Things that will help you to get stopped include riding a bright green bicycle, speaking English and carrying a giant camera.
Aja! Take 2 memory cards. Secretly shoot up the cemetery with one card. Take three lame shots with the other. Slide the decoy into the camera before you exit. 🙂
this occurred to me, but I can’t imagine someone insisting I erase my memory card. At a cemetery. Also, I had the soul-stealing function turned off, so nyah nyah on them.
I took photos at Recoleta too, lots of them. The same guard must have passed me four times without saying a thing. I wondered if he were following me because he seemed to turn up everywhere, even at the exit! But he never said a word.
Congrats, Eileen on your post being picked up by Global Voices and BuzzTracker!!
thanks! I was pretty excited about global voices. I have an internet crush on them.
I had no problem taking shots neither in Recoleta, Santiago nor Recoleta, Buenos-Aires
I have quite a number of pics from both as wel as from the other one which guards the remains of Gardel.
totally true, you can take pictures in the Cementerio General in Santiago, but if a guard sees you (and they sneak up stealthily on bikes), they can and will ask you to stop, especially if you have a “professional-looking” camera. It doesn’t exactly stop people, but it is something to consider. I don’t believe the Recoleta in BsAs has any restrictions on photos.