Today I had the pleasure of having Leonardo serve as my Chofer around Talca. We visited the Andes Mountain tops that surround the city, the site of the 2010 Terremoto (earthquake), and much more…
I had just finished my meeting and was waiting for my cab driver to arrive and heard the sounds of what I thought where tap dancers. But instead it turned out to be the sound of these horses’ shoes hitting the pavement. They were so beautiful and majestic up close.
I told the driver that I wanted to see more place of Talca and he recommended our going up the mountain to view the city. It was very early in the morning so a slight overcast inhibited the view a little. Nevertheless, the area where this statue of the Virgin Mary and a small church is located was quite a lovely.
When I returned to my office and shared the photo with my office mates, José told me that is was an area of the city that during holidays and special celebrations the community gathers for large mass services.
Picture of the mountainside but, I missed taking photos that included the free-roaming dogs (perros). I still can’t believe how dogs just seem to walk around with no owner here in Chile. The other day one ran at my friend Eugenio while he was riding his motorcycle which was very upsetting. But generally, I have not seen any behave in an aggressive manner. I think that the bike may have spooked the dog.
Leonardo explained to me that this (above) was one of the areas damaged by the big earthquake in 2008 and that it had not yet been repaired. He also mentioned how the event actually served as a boon for the economy because rebuilding the city created a lot of new jobs in Talca.
Leonardo pointed out this building but, I wasn’t clear about its purpose. It seemed like a place perhaps to go obtain some temporary work or perhaps gain some type of work training as I saw men walking inside. Unfortunately, I cant say for sure and couldn’t determine much from his comments about the place.
A large church in the downtown area is host to the predominantly Catholic faith tradition her in Talca, and Latin American in general. I asked Leonardo if he was Catholic and he indicated that he was not. He said that he believed in God and had faith. I giggled and indicated me too, concurring with his sentiment that having a personal relationship with God was more important than being religious and not really having a substantive faith and spirituality.
Leonardo pointed out to me that this was one of the buildings that had been severely damaged by the big earthquake of 2010. It appeared to be unsalvageable. I tried to obtain another picture (below) as we speed by in the Taxi.
That reminds me… there was a small tremor one day as I was in el baño. I had actually experienced two very small earthquakes in my life. Once when I was and undergraduate at the University of Akron and the other time was more recently when I was visiting with my daughter in Cleveland, Ohio in 2010. The tremor I felt here reminded me of that same sensation from the past, just a small rumbling, similar to what you might experience if a heavy truck rolled past you on the street. I returned to my desk and mentioned it to my office mates and they just shrugged their shoulders confirming to me that it was in fact a ¨tiny¨earthquake and they simply are just accustomed to the occasional tremor. With my mouth agape, I was like,¨really, dang!¨ lol