Pablo Neruda wrote that. He was talking about Chile and was so right; especially, when you see Chile through his artistic abodes. I was lucky enough to see all three of his estates this trip to Chile and travel outside Santiago. I visited Sebastiana and Isla Negra today: the final two of his homes.
Neruda’s last house is located in a region called Isla Negra (Black Island). Despite its name, Isla Negra is not an island. ¡Qué sorpresa! This house is actually more of an estate and encompasses a large portion of this tiny town. Like all of his abodes, it is now a quaint, cosy museum with a very nice audio tour.
I took mine this time in Spanish, so I only understood about 30% percent of the speaker. What I did pick up was that Neruda again wanted to see the mar (sea) from his home, collected a crazy amount of artifacts from around the world, and loved to arrange his collectibles to face each other.
He would accompany objects with one another (at times) to even prevent them from feeling lonely.
Isla Negra boasts rooms for his varied collections. Examples include horse memorabilia, sea shells, and masks. Neruda could probably be considered a pack rat, but with his style and not-so-self conscious nature, he’d be cool with that.
From what I gathered from the tours, Neruda did everything with purpose. Whether arranging furniture, finding collectible glassware, or building a house for his woman, Neruda had it planned. He was sentimental: a quality I appreciate. He was a poet, diplomat, and continues to be a Chilean icon. I am glad I ended my adventure with Neruda. Walking through the poet’s houses, you can sense that greatness once strolled, joked, and lived between the decorated walls.
If you are interested about Neruda’s other home, La Chascona, follow this link: Let’s Get Into Gira
If you are in Chile, definitely check out these locations. It’s a mere day trip that will last a lifetime. The addresses are Ferrari 692, Valparaíso. and Poeta Neruda s/n, Isla Negra, El Quisco for Sebastiana and Isla Negra respectively. I said good-bye to Neruda today, and he said good-bye to me as well. (He is a personal role model if you can’t tell). Soon, I must give my regards to Chile too. Let’s see how that goes.
*The title was coined by Neruda himself