La Chascona

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My front door! Note the address, send me postcards!!!

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 level!

We also had a class activity where we split into pairs and were assigned a city landmark to study for oral presentations Friday.

This is the courtyard outside of my appartment. The hollyhocks, iris and fruit trees are blooming right now.
This is part of our Spanish placement test, but also served as a little group tour.

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.

YerMa says:
La Chascona probably means "woman with unruly hair"
Posted on: Sep 05, 2007
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