Everything you need to know about giving birth at the Clinica Alemana …

Last week I gave birth to baby Annabelle at the Clinica Alemana in Santiago de Chile.  Already a few pregnant Expater buddies have asked me about my experience and any tips I might have.  I’m generally against offering advice, as every child and mother to be is unique, but here are 20 pointers which you might consider if you’re with…
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Well that was weird! Annabelle’s ‘abnormal’ birth

Last Sunday I gave birth to a beautiful little girl, Annabelle. When originally asked what type of birth I wanted, I said ‘oh you know, normal’. For me, natural births are normal. But here in Chile perhaps less so. Annabelle is my third child, and contrary to expectations it was the most emotional, beautiful and quite frankly downright odd experience.…
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Cornershop: Stress free online grocery shopping in Santiago de Chile

I just did my first shop with Cornershop. All my friends rave about it, but I’ve only just got round to using it. You see I have a love-hate relationship with shopping. Love designer boutiques, hate supermarkets… Malls devoid of fresh air and natural light make me itch. And shopping with the kids? Don’t even get me started. What is…
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How to get a proof of residence in Santiago, Chile

OK here’s a rather dull blog post, but something a few Expaters in Chile have been asking me about. For almost any official document – a driving license, a tarjeta de vecino and so on, you’ll need to prove your residence. Generally you’ll need a recent utility invoice with your name on it. However, if like me, your name isn’t…
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Jurassic Park comes to Santiago

We just got back from a trip to Bosque Jurasico (Jurassic Park to you and me). The event is being held at Parque Padre Hurtado in Santiago until 29 July and I thought to share a few pics in case you have curious little dinosaurs of your own too. It’s only a small enclosure but there are several (moving) dinosaurs…
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Things to do with kids: The Santiago railway museum

A few weeks ago we visited the Museo Ferroviario (railway museum) in Santiago, Chile. Now, as a mother of a former trainspotting, Thomas the Tank Engine obsessive I thought we were over trains. But I guess the love of steam engines never really leaves the soul. I thought to share a few pics for any parents with kids as dedicated…
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How Chileans are the most horrid people in the world

Chileans are the most rude, impatient, horrid people I’ve ever met. There. I’ve said it. But hold up, hold up… They’re actually the loveliest too. Say what? Well, they’re the nicest in that they are so, so helpful. As a pregnant lady whose had her fair share of baby bump issues, I can’t thank the general public enough. The security…
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All about nurseries, preschools and kindergartens in Santiago de Chile

Our first priority when we arrived in Santiago de Chile was to find a good kindergarten, or as they say in Chile, ‘jardin infantil’. Childcare is quite different here in Santiago, with many parents relying on the services of a ‘nana’ (nanny cum maid). Still, nurseries are a big thing here and I thought to list some of the major…
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How to get your driving license in Chile

I passed my driving test! Whoop! After failing my test five times (or wait, was it six?!) in the UK, I was a little nervous to do my driving test here in Chile. Yes, you do need a local Chilean license, and after 90 days I’d wrongly understood that I could drive legally with my international license for a year.…
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Think your belongings are insured? Think again

Expaters, think you’ve got your personal items insured? Think again. One of my first priorities when we move to a new country is to get insurance set up. But here in Chile it’s proving a little tricky. Travel insurance, health insurance, home insurance; they all exist. But insurance of personal items taken outside of your home, but within Chile, does…
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