Art, Aging, and the Hills of Valparaiso

Mural on Templeman Street in Valparaiso

I suppose all of us, at different times and perhaps for different reasons, find ourselves at a point when we start heeding age and its wholesale irreversibility.

Mine was in Chile six years ago. The Smart Set just published “What the Walls Taught Me,” the story of how the street art of Valparaiso, Chile–and the hilly port city itself–helped me see aging in a different light. It is a tale of trapezoids, dog turd slaloms, time-traveling funiculars, and a comic book hero who drives a garbage truck.

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About OmnivorousTraveler

Darrin DuFord is a travel writer, mapgazer, and jungle rodent connoisseur. His writing has won numerous awards and has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Travel, Gastronomica, Roads & Kingdoms, Narratively, and Perceptive Travel, among other publications. He is the author of Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns and Revelations in the Americas (released in July 2016) and Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car, silver medalist in the 2007 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards.
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