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    South by South America Tour – Chile Part 17

    Friday, September 6, 2019
    Santiago, Chile

    Dancing drummers at the Plaza de Armas in Santiago, Chile.
    Dancing drummers at the Plaza de Armas in Santiago, Chile.

    Dancing drummers (detail) at the Plaza de Armas in Santiago, Chile.
    Dancing drummers (detail) at the Plaza de Armas in Santiago, Chile.

    From the balcony of the Hostel Plaza de Armas, I saw a group of five drummers putting on a show in the plaza down below. Using pulleys and long sticks, they pounded out some commanding rhythms using only a kick drum and a small cymbal mounted on each of their backs. Sometimes, one of the drummers would twirl around and around like a whirling dervish, almost colliding with people who were trying to throw money in their tip jar. It was really hilarious. I hope I get to see them again while I’m down on the ground. Since the wi-fi in Rapa Nui was too slow to use (practically almost non-existent), I spent the whole day again inside the Hostel Plaza de Armas catching up on Photoshopping my photos and updating my blog posts. I only went outside once to go to the produce market.

    Conflicting fonts in Santiago, Chile.
    Conflicting fonts in Santiago, Chile.

    Street vendors in Santiago, Chile.
    Street vendors in Santiago, Chile.

    Words and photos ©2019 Arcane Candy.

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