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Buy more saltpeter!

In the article about Humberstone, I had already shown a few of the placards which I found in the museum there. Most of them were from the first decades of the 20th century. I quite like the graphic design and … Continue reading

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Humberstone Hotel

“But is there a hotel?” some of you have been asking after reading my article about Humberstone made them want to visit. Of course there is: And from your room, you have a view of the town’s central square. Also, … Continue reading

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The third stage of life

In Spanish, there is a nice expression for seniors or old people: tercera edad, the third stage of life. Once you have held out that long, you are rewarded with reduced ticket prices. (Photographed in Humberstone in Chile.)

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No basketball game

At 16:00 there would be a basketball game, I had heard. So I was there at 16:00 sharp. There, but alone. No players, no spectators, no ball, no ice-cream vendor whose presence would have been highly desirable in the heat. … Continue reading

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You are still waiting for my postcard?

Thanks to everyone who supports my blog! As promised, I send you a postcard from one of my journeys. If you are still waiting, it could be for the one I mailed in Humberstone in Chile. I should have guessed … Continue reading

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No selfies from Easter Island

When people fly five hours to an island 3,700 km away from the mainland, they want photographic proof of having been there. Lots of photos. Tourists were walking up and down in silly poses before each stone statue on Easter … Continue reading

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Humberstone, ghost town in the desert

When you spot a name like Humberstone on a map of South America, the interest is already piqued. As I asked the bus driver to let me get off there, in the middle of the Atacama Desert, he looked at … Continue reading

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