Museo La Sebastiana
On our first day we visited La Sebastiana, the Valparaiso home of Pablo Neruda. You may recall in October we visited La Chascona, his former home in Santiago (now a museum). He had a penchant for naming his homes and other things. He liked to suggest titles for the works of his author friends.
At La Sebastiana, Sydney and Lucas both recorded video for their YouTube vlogs. After they publish them on YouTube, I’ll make sure they put links to their video productions on this blog.
This home was as interesting as the other one we visited. Each room was cozy, interestingly decorated, and usually had a quirk or two. Neruda was rather particular about the kind of house we was looking for. He asked his friends to look for a house, with a few conditions.
It can’t be located too high or too low. It should be solitary but not in excess. With neighbors hopefully invisible. They shouldn’t be seen or heard. Original, but not uncomfortable. With many wings, but strong. Neither too big or too small. Far from everything, but close to public transport. Independent, but close to commerce. Besides it has to be very cheap.
Given all that, they managed to find a place he liked. It was a home that had been started for Sebastian Collado, but he passed away before it was finished. Abandoned for ten years, the price was right. When it was complete, Neruda named it La Sebastiana in honor of the original owner.