Response from Luise:
The dog poop of Valparaiso is the stuff of legends, and so are the dog parties. All of Latin América is plagued by abandoned, neglected dogs, and their excrement. And by transients or other impoverished types that hang out here and there and drown their sorrows. Valparaiso has a fair share of these types - and is decidedly grubby. I agree.
As for wobbly WIFI - that has been ably repaired since my arrival here (escaping from the Canadian winter) and the noise from the enthusiastic younger folks in the building has also been addressed.
Thanks for the very balanced review, Joan.