Almost Fiestas Patrias

Chile’s national holiday is almost upon us. Officially Independence Day is September 18th but given it’s a Tuesday this year, it’s become a long long weekend, starting yesterday, Friday. Over at down-at-heel Plaza Echaurren for instance, it was a lovely surprise to find some Chileno dancing with the girls wearing large flaring skirts with layers of petticoats and the boys (huasos, very like gauchos) beautifully decked out in colourful ponchos and lethal-looking spurs on their boots.

Expect more cultural observations over the coming days. Apparently the Fondas (inns, hostelries, beer halls) go off.

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