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We arrived in Valdivia on Thursday, thinking to stay a couple of days – we finally left the area on Tuesday!Valdivia’s waterfront as seen from the bridge. Our ‘Berta’ is standing near the tall ship in the far background.…

Resting a while in Venezuela

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Since my last post, about overlanding in Venezuela’s Gran Sabana, Hendrik and I haven’t done much travelling. The reason is that I’ve got a bad knee and have hardly been able to walk. A couple of days before we left…
Remains of the now closed coal mine in Lota

Coal Magnates of Southern Chile

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Chile’s economy, very similar to our home country Australia, relies strongly on the export of resources and agricultural products. If you drive south along the coast from Concepción you soon pass through a region which used to produce incredible fortunes…
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<p>Maybe it’s only because we’re from Australia and I’m interested in all aspects of architecture, but I was once again fascinated by the variety of iron clad buildings during our recent visit to Valdivia. Some are utilitarian and plain, some new, many old, and some are surprisingly ‘grande’ in size and style.</p>
<p>From our home country we’re familiar with the typical tin shed in the Aussie backyard, corrugated iron roofs on many structures, large and small, and old churches and farm houses completely clad in corrugated sheeting. Modern architecture once again incorporates <a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fcolorbond.com%2F" title="Colorbond - coloured corrugated sheeting" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">“Colorbond”</a> in residential and public buildings. We built a small dwelling in 1995/6 with Colorbond roof and walls, just when this new trend was beginning. Now, years later, you can find all kinds of prefabricated flashings and profiles to make such a construction with Colorbond ‘foolproof’.</p>
<p>Due to my familiarity with iron cladding, I first saw and became fascinated with a number of large structures in Alaska and the Yukon which were completely <a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fdare2go.com%2Fcanada%2Fcanada04-2.shtml" title="Iron Cladding in Dawson City/Yukon" target="_blank">clad in iron</a> . It was here also that I first noticed many decorative trimmings which, under a thick coat of paint, initially looked like wood but were in fact simply pressed metal.</p>
<p>Later, as we travelled south, corrugated iron was the preferred roofing in all poorer regions of Central and South America, until we ventured south into Patagonia. First in Argentina, and later in Chile, <a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fdare2go.com%2FSouthAmerica2%2Fpatagonia02-1.shtml" title="Metal Cladding in Patagonia" target="_blank">metal cladding</a> was once again the preferred exterior material for many buildings. I guess this makes a lot of sense since all materials had to be transported in by ship; forests were small with stunted, distorted trees (due to the prevailing winds); iron sheets are thin, lightweight, and easy to transport; and they require less substantial framing than heavier outer walls. This makes it the perfect material for ‘frontier regions’.</p>
<p>You would think that these days you could find information about almost everything on the Internet, yet there seems to be hardly any comprehensive publications about the history of metal cladding in frontier regions. Corrugated iron sheeting was first patented by the Englishman Henry Robinson Palmer in 1829. A short time later, in the mid 1840s, the process of hot-dipping sheets to galvanise them became common practice; this made it a more durable product and suitable for the development of kit structures.</p><p>When you browse through these images you might be surprised by the detail of some of the pressed iron features such as elaborate corner flashings made to resemble hand-carved timber beams, window surrounds, and copies of ornate cast iron frills.</p>
<p><em>Would you have spotted that all theses houses are clad in iron?</em></p>
<p><strong>Further Reading:</strong><br /><a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.buildingconservation.com%2Farticles%2Fcorrugated-iron-architecture%2Fcorrugated-iron-architecture.htm" title="corrugated iron architecture" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Corrugated Iron Architecture</a> , by Tim Nicholson<br />WikiPedia: <a href="http://redirect.viglink.com/?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FTin_tabernacle" title="Tin tabernacle" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tin tabernacle</a></p></div><img src="http://pixel.quantserve.com/pixel/p-89EKCgBk8MZdE.gif" border="0" height="1" width="1"/>

Iron Clad Houses

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Maybe it’s only because we’re from Australia and I’m interested in all aspects of architecture, but I was once again fascinated by the variety of iron clad buildings during our recent visit to Valdivia. Some are utilitarian and plain, some…

In Venezuela!

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We crossed into Venezuela 2 days ago. The border immigration process for us (Brazil, Santa Elena) was very straightforward and our timing was good (we didn´t need to wait), but customs (to do the car paperwork) closed at midday on…
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Living Fossils at Nahuelbuta National Park

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If you want to read a really positive blog about this national park, go to Heather and Scott’s blog . Our experience, while worthwhile, was accompanied by difficulties from start to finish.We love to spend time in national parks…

Lost in Guyana

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We liked Guyana. Despite the consistent warnings of Guyana being a bad and dangerous place, we never once felt threatened or had a bad experience. However, our maps and information weren’t good, and we were consistently lost or confused. Of…
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It only takes one…

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Bad things happen to good people for no good reason! Alcohol fuelled violence, domestic violence, road rage – the list goes on. Why a group of rockers walking down a street would punch a 14 year old boy in the…
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Street Art in Valparaiso (Part 2)

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Our final gallery of street art from Valparaíso in Chile. Some pieces are playful, some reminiscent of impressionist style, some of trompe-l’œil, and some are just plain fun motifs. The post Street Art in Valparaiso (Part 2) appeared first on…

Street Art in Valparaiso (Part 2)

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This is our second and final gallery of street art from Valparaíso in Chile. It continues on from our first gallery , starting at Avenida Alemana further south and then going down the mountain towards the bay. I believe this…
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Owru Yari, Happy New Year!

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Suriname’s capital, Paramaribo, has apparently been listed as one of the top places in the world to celebrate New Years. Actually, it seems they don’t really celebrate New Years in such a big way, but they celebrate the old year,…

Photo Gallery from Argentina: Barreal, El Alcázar, Uspallata

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A small photo gallery from my last visa run to Argentina in mid November 2014. This time I stayed a little over a week and went north of Uspallata into San Juán province, as far as the El Alcázar nature…

Photo Gallery from Argentina: Barreal, El Alcázar, Uspallata

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Photo gallery showing stunning landscapes between Barreal and Uspallata in Argentina: El Alcázar, Pampa del Leoncito, and a valley just east of Uspallata. The post Photo Gallery from Argentina: Barreal, El Alcázar, Uspallata appeared first on dare2go.…

Feeding insects in Suriname

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The first thing I am doing each morning here in Suriname is showering and then coating myself with insect repellent. There are mosquitoes everywhere, and plenty of other biting insects too. From the mosquitoes you could get malaria or dengue,…
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Review Part 3: Navigation Apps on Android

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Part 3: the routing – calculation and navigation of a route Skobbler/Scout versus MapFactor NavigatorAndroid gps navigation – Review Part 3Introduction This third part of my review only covers routing (the way an app decides to take you…
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Review Part 2: Navigation Apps on Android

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Part 2: category & coordinate search, map display and navigation settings Skobbler/Scout versus MapFactor NavigatorAndroid gps navigation – review part2Introduction This second part follows my Review of Road Test Navigation Apps on Android Part 1 (I recommend that…
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Valparaiso & Pablo Neruda’s houses

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Yasha turns 60Valparaiso: a mix of houses clinging to the hillsTeaching English has basically been my life since I arrived in Santiago in February this year. I have had minimal time off, and have even taught a 3…

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