wow! What a place. Exploring the hillside barrios of this place is like stepping into the Isabel Allende book "daughter of fortune" (thanks heidi!). So full of colour and individual contrasts. The places range from parodies of the one in the original "psycho" film to more of a "home on the range" idea, but all jumbled together and each paint job trying to outdo the next. pinks, neons, pastels, and each framework with bundles of charm.
The worst building in town is also the biggest, and it was built at the order of that fanny (there is not better word for some people than a good scottish one) General Pinochet (or was it pistachio?). He decided to buuild a senate edifice on the site of his boyhood home (egoism knows no boundaries) and so legislators have to dash constantly between here and santiago. So many politicians and lawmakers are being stopped (and fined...chilean police are quite uncorruptable) for speeding on the 2hr journey that seerates these 2 distinctive cities.
What a great place though, although a wee bit chile