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Trolley bus, , Valparaiso, Chile

Vibrant Valparaíso

As the setting sun cast an orange glow over the hilltops, the multi-coloured houses lit up, as if by technicolour magic. 19th century funiculars, still in operation, rattled up and down the hills, ferrying passengers up ridiculously steep terrain. Below, the plains stretched out to the harbour, the shimmering water dotted with an array of ocean going vessels, all painted ginger by the setting sun. An Instagrammer’s dream, the scene made me itch to paint, but alas I had none.

As part of my fortnightly travel column “South of the Equator,” I write about falling in love with the dog-poop infested city of Valpara√≠so.

Cerro Santa Lucia, Chile, Santiago

Sleepless in Santiago

In the first installment for my fortnightly travel column for The Daily Star,”South of the Equator,” I come to grips with the reality of backpacking with a toddler. Jetlagged, we discover the nocturnal side of Santiago.