Colourful Valparaiso

Sunday, Valparaiso city centre, 2 hours north of Santiago. I have just taken a creaking and groaning rickety wooden funicular up one of Valparaiso's steep hills - saving myself from climbing literally hundreds of concrete stairs to the top. My plan is to wander through the neighbourhood at the top, crossing into the next neighbourhood … Continue reading Colourful Valparaiso

The Angels of Silence

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) is a standard method of monitoring downtown areas and tourist attractions across most, if not all, major cities around the world. It may however be surprising to know that Oaxaca runs a CCTV program that draws officials from different cities around the world in order to learn more. The difference? People monitoring … Continue reading The Angels of Silence

San Sebastian

San Sebastián (Spanish) or Donostia (Basque) lies on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, 20 km (12 miles) from the French border, and an hour and a half travel time from Bilbao via bus. The city is well-known for its Basque food and art culture; holding numerous food festivals and an annual international film … Continue reading San Sebastian