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This blog post is short and sweet. It mainly consists of images of Valparaíso.
~~On my third and last day in Concón, I explored a dilapidated yet so colorful town of Valparaiso. A 40 minute ride from Concón, Valparaíso looked like a bustling town. But I lucked out-it was a Monday, so not too many tourists. That is why you see so few people in my pictures. This is an artist’s town with galleries, shops, cafés, and, most importantly, graffiti.~~
I won’t argue whether graffiti is art or whether it is vandalism. I do think that Valparaiso couldn’t be what it is without it. Valparaíso also has a very interesting and rather confusing street structure: with lots of paseos – narrow, strictly pedestrian passages - connecting the streets.
The idea I did have about Valparaiso’s graffiti is to incorporate it into our Vamos al museo! thematic unit –since Valparaíso is like an open air museum. We can discuss whether graffiti is vandalism or art, learn colors and shapes, and maybe even describe what they see in the Valparaíso graffiti images.