Wal-Mart plus cobblestones, new meets old

Doesn’t that sound like an oxymoron?  Wal-Mart’s stores here are called Lider (“Leader”).  What’s funny is that old meets new on Pedro de Valdivia, the cobble-stoned avenue in front of the local Lider Express.

cobblestones in Providencia, Chile

We know of only a few cobble-stoned streets here, and I’m happy to report that for now, the city is maintaining them.  About a month ago, while out for a walk toward the center of town, a work crew was repairing a section of cobblestone.  Stone makers had a pile of stones and were chiseling them as needed before laying them.