Valdivia is a city up river, it has the seaside smell -only a couple of miles to the east- and the promenades along the river banks. Even the University there, Universidad Austral de Chile, has a privileged campus with river access.

And of course, THE bridge that crosses east-west, one that I have walked through like six times in two days.

And of course, love in the bridge. Or did you think Paris was the only place to leave traces of love? (by the way, you may want to search for alternatives -such as Valdivia- since the “love bridge” has partly collapsed under the weight of the locks left by tourists)

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Much as I love romantic stories, Valdivia stroke me for other reasons such as the fish market. And I don’t like fish, see the irony?

The market seen from the bridge (photo by me)
The market seen from the bridge (photo by me)

Crossing the bridge, followed, as I have always been in Chile, by three dogs, I spotted an unusual amount of birds over this tent roof. The drizzle did not prevent me from taking some pictures, under the startled looks of passer-bys. I decided to go down there and see the fuss.

The fish market
The fish market
Seagulls and other birds waiting for some fish parts.
Seagulls and other birds waiting for some fish parts.
Seafruit
Seafruit
Veggies
Veggies
More fish, some of which I haven't heard of.
More fish, some of which I haven’t heard of.
Pick-a-boo!
Pick-a-boo!
And more fish!
And more fish!
Mine! Mine!
Mine! Mine!
Someone is taking a nap
Someone is taking a nap
Sea dogs waiting for fish parts (and fighting over them) (all photos by me)
Sea lions waiting for fish parts (and fighting over them) (all photos by me)

Have you noticed that sea lions were in fresh water? I did not know this could happen. As always, the unexpected is welcome.

Speaking of unexpected, I could not actually work in Valdivia for reasons that escape my planning, but I could meet other people that have sent (for free) some books. Awesome! 🙂