Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Clams & Cockles of Chile - Puerto Montt

There's more to picturesque Puerto Montt than brightly colored boats decorating quiet little harbors. A closer look reveals people living and working on and around those boats, so I decided to follow along with my lens and see what life was all about for these people.

Clams. That's right. Clams. And Cockles too. Mussels, scallops, urchins, and a few other crustaceans were evident, as were freshly caught Congrio and Salmon. But mostly, for the purpose of this post anyway, it's all about the clams. And cockles.

Basically they'll come off the boat carrying a big load on their back, then they take it right into the market where it is put out for sale. It really doesn't get any fresher than that, does it?

At some point along the way, some lucky clams and mussels get picked to be dried and smoked for later consumption. As I wandered the market stalls, I nearly tripped over this lonely little hot smoking pot next to a stand - whether or not it actually has anything to do with the smoking process or if it just stood as a foot warmer, I really don't know - but if you do, please share in a comment!

Ultimately, the dried molluscs are strung and hung like garlands throughout the market street. Although I didn't have a taste, I certainly thought they made worthy eye-candy for the lens!


Chile Gallery

Visit Puerto Montt with Travcoa

Hope your eyes enjoyed a taste of southern Chile! This post has joined the gang of food-related posts over at Wanderfood Wednesday, check them out! And if you missed that, it's also posted over at Delicious Baby's Photo Friday!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Beyond Rio....a look at the favelas

Most visitors to Rio do their sightseeing by checking out views from Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, or the deck of their hotel overlooking Copacabana or Ipanema Beaches. Well that's all fine and good, but did you know that some of the best view properties in Rio are rarely visited at all by camera-toting tourists? What are those brightly colored buildings clinging precariously to the hillsides, anyway? Aren't they the slums - the favelas? Aren't they ridden with crime and poverty and machine guns and drug lords?
Actually, favelas are neighborhoods with people and kids and schools and stores and restaurants and businesses, much like any other neighborhoods. Sure, they have a crime-ridden reputation which is based partly in fact, but which is widely exagerated by films and media. Yes, they can be dangerous, and you wouldn't want to go wandering into a favela on your own. But if you so desire to see "the other side of Rio", then book a favela visit with an experienced and reputable outfit, such as Marcelo Armstrong's Favela Tour.

Of course, there are the views of Rio you don't get elsewhere.

But the best experience is to wander through the streets and alleys and get a glimpse of every day life in a favela. I did just that, and was charmed by the colorful buildings and people who make the favelas their home.

For more:

Feathers and Food (Rio and Carnival)

Favela Photo Gallery

Brazil Photo Gallery