This is the view of Valparaiso from the flat in Reñaca where we're currently staying. The view from this flat is its only redeeming feature in winter (well, ok, the free rent is nice as well). In summer it's quite a nice place to be. However, we're really getting bored here-it's freezing cold, there's nowhere to put our stuff (the cupboards are already full) and the cats are starting to wreck the place...really can't wait to move back to the house. That's only a couple of weeks away now as the decorator started on Monday and the floors will be polished late next week. Then we move back and get woken up at 7.30 every morning by the workmen hammering upstairs. A price worth paying.
And here's a photo of one of the new buildings they're building at the top of Reñaca just around the corner from the flat (in a 10 storey, staggered building-not a straight up tower). This thing is truly monstrous and hideous. The other towers aren't actually so bad, mainly because you can't see them from anywhere except right in front. This big pile of concrete can be seen from everywhere-Viña, Valpo, the bottom of Reñaca-from every conceivable angle.
Funny thing is, all these new tower blocks are being built on sand dunes. I can only assume that the engineers know what they're doing, but it's going to be interesting to see how well they stand up when an earthquake as big as the one that hit Peru the other day makes things wobble around.