A writer’s haven

As seems so often to be the case, I have again been visited by great good fortune. I have found a place to stay that is very reasonably priced–and a writer could not have a better environment. I have a cabin and access to a common kitchen. The “micro” (local bus) comes by once an hour. I am 15 minutes by micro from the village of Quilimari where I can get basic groceries. It is a fair walk from the place that sells milk and staples to the place with the best fruit and vegetables. Given the heat, it will be best to make this trip in the mornings.

While I am welcome to use the office computer here for urgent email, there is no wifi here. Or in Quilimari. To get wifi, the only way I can connect to the Internet with my iDevices, I need to take a second micro to Pichidanqui. If I am lucky, the Internet there will work. It is not uncommon for the Internet, ATMs, international phone lines, et cetera not to work in this area. Two weeks ago, it took me three days of trying before I could reach my bank to solve a problem. We were down to $20 in cash. Fortunately, the grocery store took VISA.

S finds the area very agreeable as well and has decided to spend at least a week. He is especially taken with the beach. The water temperature is excellent, the surf gentle, and the sand and water sparkle with gold-coloured flecks. It is spectacular.
Not sure when S will leave but I’m here for a month.


Sunny Rancagua

Season’s greetings

New Years Eve, 2012

En route to Talca

New home

The ocean

Our first empanadas

Ellas & Ellos


Lucretia et al.

Lolol, 6:00 pm

Houses, post earthquake

Señor Cyclist

Functional and directional chaos

Chez casa rodante

Lapostolle winery

Off-roading with the casa rodante

Favourite spot

Viu Manent


Summer church

Little wool shop

Juan y Medio

Beach talk

A fence and the ocean

We love things that start with S

Airing our laundry in public

The quake

What a night

Ovalle arts festival

The next stage

Commune with nature

A writer’s haven

Shopping trip


Thrashing grain, 2013

Invited for asado (barbecue)


Visiting the alpacas

Un-ending adventure

One-day wonder

We will leave this valley Wednesday


Brown toes

View from my desk

He’s done!


Questionable sanity, unquestionable heroics

Fish market

Good Friday, pt. l

Good Friday, pt. ll

Good Friday, pt. lll


Aguas Calientes

Hikes around the Aguas


Exploring Arequipa

Santa Catalina


Final post