Flying Kites

Kite flying is a popular Chilean hobby, and the materials can be bought on many a street corner. The hefty spools of line people use to control their flying toys seem much more serious than the flimsy spool I used as a kid. During Dieciocho, the more common term for the Chilean Independence Day on September 18, many kites populate the sky, but I was near a beach where the wind speed was too much for effective kite-flying.

In any case, I did meet some kids who were putting some kites in the air in the midst of the palm trees and buildings in Santiago the week prior.

Joan Viedma, 12, tapes his kite that had crashed into a palm tree Sept. 9, 2013 on the sky bridge at Plaza Pedro de Valdivia in Santiago, Chile. Flying kites is a popular hobby in Chile, and more people come out with strings and wings during the warmer months.

Joan Viedma, 12, tapes his kite that had crashed into a palm tree Sept. 9, 2013 on the sky bridge at Plaza Pedro de Valdivia in Santiago, Chile. Flying kites is a popular hobby in Chile, and more people come out with strings and wings during the warmer months.

(From left) Renato Molina, 14, and José Reyes, 14, fly kites on Sept. 9, 2013 on the sky bridge at Plaza Pedro de Valdivia in Santiago, Chile. Flying kites is a popular hobby in Chile, and more people come out with strings and wings during the warmer months.

(From left) Renato Molina, 14, and José Reyes, 14, fly kites on Sept. 9, 2013 on the sky bridge at Plaza Pedro de Valdivia in Santiago, Chile. Flying kites is a popular hobby in Chile, and more people come out with strings and wings during the warmer months.

(From left) José Reyes, 14, Renato Molina, 14, look up at their kites on Sept. 9, 2013 on the sky bridge at Plaza Pedro de Valdivia in Santiago, Chile. Flying kites is a popular hobby in Chile, and more people come out with strings and wings during the warmer months.

(From left) José Reyes, 14, Renato Molina, 14, look up at their kites on Sept. 9, 2013 on the sky bridge at Plaza Pedro de Valdivia in Santiago, Chile. Flying kites is a popular hobby in Chile, and more people come out with strings and wings during the warmer months.

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