Today the builders woke me up (along with the entire neighbourhood) at 8am by deciding it was a good time to start cutting iron bars. When i went up to check what was going on, it looked like they had a lot of cutting left to do...and that metal cutting screeching noise is pretty much the only construction noise i simply cannot deal with. So i jumped in the car, called a friend and headed up the coast for lunch in Zapallar.
So here's where we had lunch...reineta with ensalada chilena (that's tomato and onion with a bit of parsley chucked on top) with some of the best chips i've had in ages. Reasonably expensive by Chilean standards but worth it (us$20 a head)
Next to the restaurant lives a flock of hungry pelicans who know that if they hang around long enough, someone will throw them something to eat
Spring appears to be far more advanced in Zapallar than anywhere else i've been recently...maybe the sea and hills make for a microclima
A local school decided to have a PE lesson on the beach. If you look carefully inbetween the two boys, you'll spot a spear like object. Under the watchful gaze of the teacher (not in the photo), the two boys were launching a metal-tipped javelin at each other. Possibly to impress the girl on the right hand side. If either of them died this afternoon, i can only say that he earned it.
There was also a JCB on the beach, digging out the canal that runs through the beach. It obviously hasn't rained enough to keep it open naturally...so there was a build up of....
...this. Raw sewage. Flushed straight through the beach and into the sea at Chile's most expensive and beautiful sea-side town. Quite unbelievable.
But not as unbelievable as this truly disgusting condominio, just 1 minute outside of Zapallar and overlooking the town. I've seen some horrible planning mistakes but this is by far the worst. I simply cannot understand how, in a town inhabited only by the super-rich, this sprawling mess of Butlinsalike cheapo huts got through planning permission. I'd be surprised to see it anywhere in Chile but the fact that it's in Zapallar, a small town with a very distinct architectural style and heritage makes it worse. This place is a huge mistake and will be regretted for years to come. The photo doesn't do justice to the hideousness of the complex. Vomit inducing.