The Sebastiana, Pablo Neruda’s House
Last Saturday I took the day off to enjoy my birthday. It was such a nice day, I woke up to a beautiful sunny morning and a few presents waiting for me in the living room 🙂 Jordan promised me not to work that day so he could be with me and I promised myself the same so I could enjoy the whole day. I have to admit that I did a great job not spending my day working. Instead, I went through some old folders and looked at some old pictures. Seeing adventures and favorite moments from my past reminded me of the happy life I have had, perfect for a birthday.
In those old albums I found some pictures from my exchange program in Chile. One of the most memorable trips that we did there was to visit La Sebastiana, Pablo Neruda’s house in Valparaiso, Chile. Don’t you think it is such a lovely place?
My favorite room was this particular area. I remember that I loved those pink walls and the art.
I enjoy looking at cheerful and original houses like this one. When people play with bold and bright colors inside their homes I feel inspired. Those pink and blue walls give so much life to this house, and the furniture and other wood details give a rustic and antique touch that make it so interesting and fun. Just try to imagine that all those things were Pablo Neruda’s years ago, just amazing.
The house was inaugurated in 1961. The poet named it “The Sebastiana”, as in honour to its first owner and builder.
“I feel the tiredness of Santiago. I want to find in Valparaiso a little house to live and write quietly. It must have some conditions. It can’t be located to high or to low. It should be solitary but not in excess. With neighbours hopefully invisibles. 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 the transportation. Independent, but close to the commerce. Besides it has to be very cheap. Do you think I would find a house like that in Valparaiso?”
– Pablo Neruda
I think he found in “The Sebastiana” everything he asked for and more.
This is a bite of Valparaiso, Chile, Such a lovely place:
*Image credit. Fundacion Neruda