What did you call me?!? (updated)

Here are a few more things in the category of the odd or unusual. First, we found a shop with an unusual name. If you don’t know the translation, it’s more than a little offensive. We bought some artisanal chocolate with cardamom there by “la muerte chiquita” which means, “dead girl”. It was muy delicioso.

StreetArt-325-46[space_40]Next, we found something really unexpected. Someone posted a quote by USA drag queen RuPaul. It translates as “We are all born naked, the rest is drag.”

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Apparently they have no love for hipsters here in Valpo either…[space_40]

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We also saw a contemporary gargoyle peeking out over the corner of a building.[space_40]StreetArt321-0

 

Anarchy is alive and well in South America. Here is some graffiti highlighting that. I don’t know what the repeated symbol means, but I especially like the dead bug and how this graffiti is “in your face”.

“respetate a ti mismo” means “respect yourself”.

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Mural in progress

Here is another absolutely huge mural being painted on an apartment building. This was two days worth of work, applied using a window washer’s rig hung down from the roof.

 

[space_40]Cone HeadWe also found a Chilean walkman that featured all different kinds of local sounds and music. A bit unwieldy, but who’s complaining?

[space_40]Later that day we ran into a German style tuba/accordion/clarinet band up on one of the hills. There is something unexpected and delightful everywhere we look in this town.

[space_40]They make streets to last around these parts. Cobblestones last hundreds of years without significant maintenance vs asphalt or even concrete that require constant upkeep. Cobbles may make for a bumpier ride, and are relatively expensive and time consuming to place just so, but they sure are durable and kind of awesome. Here is some “roadwork” in progress.

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Finally, there is no piped gas in town, so propane tanks are sold door to door by a guy who comes by twice a day. Like an ice cream truck plays a tune to announce itself to the children, the gas man has his own method of announcing his presence.

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