Santiago Travel Blog› entry 6 of 19 › view all entries
La Chascona is a noun, I think, but it means "bad hair
day." Pablo Neruda named his house in Santiago La Chascona after his true
love Matilde, who evidently had unruly hair. I guess that wasn't offensive to
Matilde and so they lived pretty happily in this ridiculous little house built
to feel like a boat. It is so much fun, completely filled with nicknacks and
silly collections. The best part, however, is the wroght iron details over the
windows, either this beautiful sun/female face design that is supposed to be
"una chascona" or a design of a "P" over an "M"
with waves around them. I bought several cards with little paintings of his
with snippets of his poetry, which I discovered is right about my reading
We also had a class activity where we split into pairs and were assigned a city landmark to study for oral presentations Friday.
The pollution is supposed to be worst in the winter, but I really only notice it affecting my eyes. They don’t look particularly red but they hurt and I am glad that I can wear my glasses these days because I think contacts would be torture. It is supposed to clear up in the next month or so.
I am sorry I haven’t been putting up many Chile photos, but I will work on taking my camera out with me more often. I am including today the views around my little courtyard and front door. I also ran into a dog today who was running around looking very pleased with himself for having fit a huge circular piece of bread in his mouth. In looking at the pictures I realize he has a collar on, so probably wasn’t one of the hundreds of sweet strays that are on every corner in Santiago. But he buried his bread to come back to, so I hope he finds it where he left it.