The best vegan cafe in Santiago (loved by non vegans alike)

This is probably my favourite cafe in Santiago. Chances are it’s yours too. I held off writing about this place for sometime, because quite frankly everyone knows this place. But in case you’re new in town, or have been living down a rabbit hole, then allow me to enlighten you. Quinoa is a charming, sun drenched oasis of calm in…
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Is this Latino Christmas tradition the most stupid ever?

Do you know about the most stupid Christmas tradition for kids? If you’re living in South America or Spain, I reckon you do. Let me enlighten you… Spanish O’Clock The first time I actually experienced it was in Spain. We were staying at a hotel with my Spanish in-laws and staff asked if our one year old would like to see…
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Why I’m not buying gifts for my kids’ teachers

Expaters, did you buy your kid’s teacher a present this year? What did you give? I scanned the web for teacher gifts and look what I found in The Independent, a major British newspaper: ‘A candle might be a bit of a teacher present cliché, but make it a luxury number with Jo Malone and you can’t go far wrong’. …
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Trip to the baha’i temple

A little while ago we visited the Casa de Adoracion de Baha’i (the Baha’i temple) in Penalolen. It’s glorious moment of calm, just a short drive from Santiago centre. It’s a breath of fresh air, both literally and spiritually. The foundation of this place of worship is openness to all. Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith describes it as follows:  ​’Build…
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Artequin: arty fun for kids in Santiago

Before I had kids I would happily spend a day wandering around art galleries. I love the way art questions our belief systems, gets us thinking differently, inspires us to change. I’d like my kids to feel the same. But I don’t love art enough to rush through white spaces, being shushed at by attendants as my monsters rampage past…
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Trip to the Granjaventura petting farm

Last month we visited a petting farm and playground in Santiago called Granjaventura. If your kid likes animals or needs space to run around, I’d thoroughly recommend it. It’s based in La Reina district, about 10 minutes by car from Las Condes. The main attraction was of course the animals. We saw ponies, sheep, goats, donkeys, ducks… You can buy…
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Moving to Santiago de Chile? Read these tips from an expat on …

Moving to Santiago de Chile? Meet Helen. She’s been living in Santiago since falling in love with a Chilean guy five years ago, and is now moving back to her home country, New Zealand. Here she reflects on the pros and cons of life in Chile and offers up a few tips to Expaters considering the move. What will you miss…
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The disadvantages of living in Chile

I’ve written a lot about my love of Chile. I love the sunshine, the people, the relaxed vibe. Not to mention the wine, the mountains, the nature… and did I say the wine? I really do love this country. But like any country, it’s not all perfect. I’ve been asked by a few people considering the move about the worst…
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The best play cafes in Santiago

Recently we’ve been making use of Santiago’s fabulous play cafes. In case you’re new to the concept: you pay an entrance fee per child so they can play in a safe zone full of toys for an unlimited time. If you’re lucky you’ll get a moment of peace to yourself to enjoy a coffee, catch up on emails or chat…
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Breastfeeding issues? Speak to Nathalie

Breastfeeding is good for your baby. We all know that. But it isn’t always easy. I’ve breastfed all three of my kids and I have overwhelmingly positive memories. But we’ve also been through mastitis, blocked ducts, reflux, tongue tie, allergies, torticollis (my kid’s neck was deformed so he could only feed on one side), thrush and more. Yes, I’m not new…
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