My daily loaf of bread and the cheese and shrimp empanadas are catching up to me. It seems I’m getting a nice little tummy. However, my legs have never been stronger. This is because I am lucky enough to live in Cerro (hill) Yungay, one of Valparaíso’s 42 cerros. It’s generally quiet, covered in art, and has a great view of that big blue thing over there we call the Pacific Ocean. Cerro Yungay is run by groups of friendly multi-colored cats and overweight happy pups who come and go from house to house as they please. For this post I want to show the short, but oh so steep climb from the base of my street to my house. I will do so with photos…
The final stretch. By now your quads are burning and the sun is beating down on you but you are so happy because you are surrounded by amazing colors and you know there are Super Ochos (Chile’s national chocolate bar) waiting for you at home. Behind that dark blue fence to the left...
...lives a mammoth like Burmese mountain dog named Tupac. I try to pet him every time I pass by for good luck and good karma.
Home sweet home
I make this walk at least twice a day, sometimes 3 or 4 times. Two months in I feel like I could climb the Matterhorn on one leg. The truth of the matter is that this is only the beginning of my walk to school or the beginning of my walk to the ocean. The entire city is covered with color and magnificent, diverse architecture. I am so lucky to live on this street.
Jacob Levy is a Spanish major at the University of Iowa. Jacob will be spending his semester in Chile on the CIEE Valparaíso Liberal Arts Program.
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