Moving Day

Hi!  I just wanted everyone to know that Mia Mangos has officially moved and changed its name!  Come check out Mia & Pup!  See you there!

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In the City | San Cristobal Hill

This week is one full of opportunities for new discoveries in this city.  We have the week off from work for the Fiestas Patrias, or the Chilean Independence Days.  We are excited to soak in all Chile has to offer during this momentous time in its history.  This weekend we will be attending some fondas, which we’ve heard can be pretty wild and exciting!  But to ease into the dieciocho, we decided to start with something that has been on our Santiago bucket list for a while now…San Cristobal Hill.  At the base of the hill you can choose two paths.  One leads to the Virgin Mary statue at the top of the hill and the other leads to an uphill zoo.  We decided to check out both.  Although I am not a huge fan of zoos, we were happy to see that all of the animals had a playmate.  There were very few solitary animals, but it was still a zoo.  It is something, in retrospect, we could have skipped.

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But let me tell you about that other path.  That was full of amazing discoveries and beauty.  I could not stop taking photos, and Derek quickly grew impatient-hehe.  The greens were so vibrant that it was almost shocking.  The bark on the trees boasted designs that begged to be captured.  The aroma of wildflowers seemed to linger, making the steep uphill climb so much more pleasant.  We could have taken the asphalt option at a more reasonable incline, but we felt adventurous that day.  Or maybe, I should correct that…I felt more up to it.  Derek is extremely fit.  He probably would have ran it if it weren’t for me.  I’m more of a yoga girl.  I like taking to my mat and practicing my asanas, but I am not so keen on cardio that involves the risk of sure death.

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sancristobal4sancristobalwildflowersThere are some places that really take your breath away.  San Cristobal Hill is one of those places.  It is serene, and you feel you’ve accomplished something after the trek.  (Mind you, it’s only 2.6 kilometers, but still!)  The panoramic views of Santiago were unbeatable.  We can’t wait to go back after a rain, so the skies are clearer to allow for even more amazing views.

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virgin-mary candles sancristobal6I don’t know about you, but I find churches, temples, chapels, mosques, etc. to be immensely beautiful.  There is something peaceful about them, and the architecture is always immaculate.  I don’t think one even has to be religious to enjoy the aesthetic that these old buildings have.  The smallest details are what stand out to me the most.  The same goes for the Virgin Mary statue at the top of the hill.  There were signs reading silencio all around her feet, yet it seemed no one even needed the signs.  There were, at most, quiet whispers filling the air.  It was a place that needed no conversation.  A simple look was enough to know exactly what the other was thinking.  The signs of gratitude amongst the candles really struck me.  This wasn’t just a statue.  To some people, this was a holy place.  Whether you hold the same beliefs or not, this was a place where you could feel a sense of serenity.

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What’s on your bucket list in your city?

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Santiago in Color | Black & White

I started this series, because I felt inspired by the colors that surround me daily here in Santiago.  Although black and white can be considered boring, I couldn’t disagree more.  These colors are classic, and they show up everywhere in Santiago.  It was hard for me to edit it down to just these photos.

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Black: secrets, unknown, comfort, barriers, power, control, intimidation, authority, discipline, self-control, sophistication, elegance, and confidence

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White: perfection, purity, new beginnings, reflection, openness, cleanliness, protection, encouragement, peace, calm, comfort, hope, and isolation

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What colors inspire you?  Read more about the psychology of black and white.

Santiago in Color | Yellow

Santiago is is a city full of life, culture, the arts, and color.  I am so excited about this new blog series. The colors that surround me daily provide so much inspiration to create and to write.  So much so that I have to share that inspiration with you through a series focusing on one color per week.  What better color to start than my favorite…yellow.

Yellow: knowledge, perception, original thought, inquisitiveness, creativity, hope, happiness, cheerfulness, fun, confidence, optimism, and analysis.

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I saw a similar series on another blog recently, but stupid me, I forgot to save the site.  The city was Copenhagen, so please, if you have read this blog, share with me the link in the comments!

Read more about the psychology behind the color yellow here.

Santiago Street Art

Transforming a brick wall or piece of concrete into a masterpiece isn’t something just any of us can do.  It amazes me every day when Derek and I walk the streets of Santiago (or any large city) and see the amazing pieces of art whose creators, for the most part, remain unknown.  To me, these are true artists.  They create, not for the glory, but for the sake of creating.  Each piece, from the beautiful to the strange, renders a different feeling.  A few brighten my day, others leave me scratching my head, and some of the political pieces make me feel that I should become more involved.  These are a few of my favorite pieces from around the city of Santiago, Chile.

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photo 1: near Universidad Catolica | photo 2: near La Moneda metro | photo 3: near Barrio Lastarria

So what do you think?  Is street art your “type”?  Do you prefer Bansky or the anonymous?  What city boasts your favorite pieces?

XOXO,

maria

In the City

The last two Saturdays have been so enjoyable for us.  Derek and I have explored Santiago a little more and discovered some new and interesting places from Gato Fest 2 to the center city to a quiet afternoon in the park.

Last Saturday (or should I say, “Cat-urday” hehe) brought us to a place I never thought possible, but any festival that features “Feline Aromatherapy” as a main event is one I must attend.  If you know us well, you know that Derek and I have a shared weakness for cats.  So when we found a flyer in the Santiago metro for Gato Fest 2, it was a plan set in stone.  We expected this to be a small event with a few cats, maybe some raffles, and some information about caring for your feline.  What we didn’t expect was an attendance of 1,500+ who all shared the same love for kitties! (Fun Fact: Over 200 cats were adopted that day thanks to Fundacion Adopta in Santiago!) 

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This past weekend was equally enjoyable, but in a different way.  We decided it was finally time to explore a little more of the center city.  Our day began at La Moneda Cultural Center.  Spontaneously, we decided to go to the below ground museum.  I am so glad we did, because it just happened to be the day of the Feria del Gusto (Taste Fair). There were foods from all over Chile.  We were able to taste several traditional Mapuche recipes and teas, but the real show stopper was the assortment of produce in the shape of the country.

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After this, we refueled at Domino, and continued on to the Museo Historico Nacional (National Museum of History) in Plaza de Armas.  This was really amazing for me, as my grandmother is Chilean.  Derek and I both learned so much about the history of this amazing country.  It was so inexpensive (600 CHP each!) for all of the relics they have on display!

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Our last stop on the walk home was a park by Salvador Metro Station.  The fountain made for the perfect backdrop to watch the sun set and just talk.  All in all, it was a pretty great weekend!

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I can’t wait to see what else is in store here in Santiago!  What off-the-wall events do your cities have?

XOXO,

maria

In the City | Los Dominicos Market

Happy Monday!  I thought I would start this week with a  beautiful open air market.  Although located inside Santiago, Los Dominicos feels like a weekend trip out of the city.  Its open layout and amazing artisanal goods bring feelings of freedom and relaxation.  Also the colonial site provides a sense of times past, so it is the perfect quick escape.  Harps and mandolins fill the air as you take in the exquisite handicrafts from local Chilean artists.

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It can feel like a labyrinth at times, but this makes it all the more exciting.  I have found a few shops I had never seen before on this trip, because we decided to turn down what seemed like a dead end.  As we reached the end, we found the most amazing surprise (see below).  His works were beautiful, and Derek had a hard time getting me to leave.

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^ There are so many beautiful details here! ^

What did you do over the weekend?

XOXO,

maria