Babarrun: a new old favourite play cafe opens its doors

My son, Rafa, recently suffered a severe allergic attack. Until we know what caused it, he can’t go to nursery, so I’ve been watching him 24/7. The thing is, he isn’t sick and he needs to play. He needs to socialise with other kids and he needs to run off his energy. In a moment of desperation when we all…
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How to find an Epipen in Chile

Last week was one of the most stressful of my life. My son suffered a severe anaphylactic allergic attack, we don’t know what caused it and Chile was out of stock of the Epipen adrenaline autoinjectors for use in case of an an attack. I barely slept last week as I messaged, texted, blogged, whatsapped to try and track one…
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Politics could kill my kid, not a pumpkin seed

Last week my son suffered a severe anaphylactic allergic reaction. He nearly died. While we suspect it was caused by a single pumpkin seed, we can’t be sure until we start allergy testing in around five weeks time. The second most disturbing thing, after almost losing my son, is the crazy, dirty world of pharma politics. There’s a global shortage…
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Chile is wonderful and oh so weird. Top ten super weird cultural …

We’ve been in Chile seven months now and we love it. As a Brit I find Chile sunny, friendly, fun… and at times rather weird. Here’s a top ten of things I find funny, unusual or downright hilarious: When born, babies often have their heads shaved. I’ve asked why… some have told me it makes the hair grow back differently,…
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Everything you need to know about Fiestas Patrias 2018

I’m a Fiestas Patrias virgin but I love a party and I’m all for any excuse for a little vino tinto. Friends have told me that the parties around “Día de Independencia” are a much bigger deal than anything in the UK though and there are a few basic rules and cultural norms to take note of here in Chile. Here’s…
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Luxury children’s clothing and accessories for bargain prices. A new store …

Last week I wrote about my love of recycling and my hatred of waste when it comes to kids stuff. You can imagine my joy when I discovered a new sustainable luxury baby and kids store in Vitacura, Santiago. The Loop is a new cut price store selling top quality baby and kids clothing, toys and accessories for a fraction…
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Peekaboo: A play cafe in Santiago for kids with big imaginations (and …

When I first arrived in Chile I didn’t see the point of play cafes. The weather’s so nice here, so why stay cooped up indoors when the kids can be frolicking in the sunshine? Even Santiago winters are nothing compared to the UK. Mind you, sometimes I just need to wear my little soldiers out without having to haul my…
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Trip to the alpaca farm near Santiago

Last week we went to see some friendly alpacas. The largest alpaca farm in Chile, Quintessence, is an hour’s drive from Santiago and it’s a rather pretty drive getting there. I’d taken my kids to see some dinosaurs a few weeks ago, but they got a little scared by the big T-Rex and Triceratops, and I’d heard that alpacas are…
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How to make your own organic cosmetics: A masterclass with Qulla

A few weeks ago I tried a make your own organic cosmetics class here in Santiago de Chile. Qulla is an organic, plant based, natural skincare brand and its founder, Daniela runs workshops for both English and Spanish speakers in the city. To date, I’ve tried out two Qulla classes – make your own moisturisers and balms, as well as…
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Giving birth at the Clinica Alemana, Santiago: What to Pack

After a few requests from some lovely Expaters here, I thought to do a post on what to pack when giving birth at the Clinica Alemana in Santiago de Chile. Yes, the Clinica Alemana has published a checklist (click here for the link), but after giving birth myself a week ago, I thought to compile a list from a more…
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