A visit to Pablo Neruda's house

Trip Start Jan 12, 2013
Trip End Mar 15, 2013

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Hopping on a micro bus*, I went to visit La Sebastiana, a house of a Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. He is most famous for winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. As I came to learn (from the audio guide) he was also known for an eclectic collection of things in his house and even taking naps when people came to visit him.

Since taking photos wasn't permitted inside the home, I'm not able to share any of my own. To describe it a bit, it had five floors, each of a modest small studio size and they all had their own personality and purpose. Most floors only had one or two rooms. The floors were filled with paintings, sculptures and collected antiques such as plates. Pablo liked ships and life at sea, so a lot of the house reflected it. Some of the images may be seen on the website:

It was very interesting to hear the background of the different objects and why he treasured them. For instance, he had a favorite chair, overlooking the city with an incredible view. In fact, I don't think it would have been nearly as interesting had I not listened to the audio guide (which was included in the price of the ticket). The house was definitely worth a visit and made me think a lot about what I might like to put in my future home.

* – This bus ride went through the winding and raising streets of Valpo. Luckily the driver we had didn't drive like a F1 racer, although I've heard that this can be the case in other micro buses.
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