Day out with the kids in Santiago – the Museo Interactivo Mirador

A few weeks ago we headed with the kids to the MIM – the Museo Interactivo Mirador. If you struggle for ideas to keep your children entertained, add this place to your list. Not to be confused with the more centrally located Museo Interactivo Audiovisual, the MIM is about half an hour’s drive from the centre of Santiago. For any…
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The most exclusive wine tour in the world?

Stop press! If you like wine and you live in Santiago please stop what you’re doing and block out a day trip in your diary. Right now. Casa Marin is an award winning boutique winery just an hour and a half’s drive from the city and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Whether you’re a bonafide wine snob or an…
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What should I pack when moving to Chile?

Lots of people moving to Chile ask what to stock up on before their big move. While it’s silly to go overboard and it’s always wise to check the country’s import regulations, there are still items my friends and I wish we’d packed before we came. I did compile a list of items to pack before any expat move, but…
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Fork – grocery shopping for lazy gourmets in Santiago

Last week on a stroll through Vitacura I stumbled on a wonderful grocery store. Perhaps grocery store isn’t the right word. More like paradise for lazy, but fussy gluttons like me. ‘Fork‘ has three branches across the city (Lo Barnechea, Providencia and since April 2018 Vitacura) with a mission to provide the best local, natural produce. All the best local,…
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Family day trip to the Andes Mountains

I used to struggle to think of ideas of what to do with my kids in the UK. Here in Chile it’s so easy. The beach, the mountains, the desert… they’re all just a couple of hours from our Santiago apartment. On Saturday morning my kid asked to play in the snow. So we headed to Valle Nevado, just an hour…
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What’s on in Santiago and beyond

After a few queries from fellow Expaters, I decided to start a round up of events and happenings in Santiago and beyond which I’ll try to keep updated. Click here for the events page. Please do message me if you know of anything else happening in our ‘hood.
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The Secret garden library for kids in Vitacura, Santiago

Update: the cafe here has closed down, so be sure to pack a picnic.   Last week a friend let me into a tip that I’m going to share with all you expat mums in Santiago. Hidden behind a busy road in a less than glam district of Vitacura is a secret oasis of calm. The Casa de los Matta…
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Why the Chilean school admission exam system is a frigging joke

Recently I posted about the Chilean school admission exams. I’ll be honest, in my opinion the system here sucks. For the most part, it puts unnecessary pressure on parents and children. For many institutions it’s little more than the abuse of an archaic system; it’s taking advantage of desperate parents for financial gain. Steve Jobs’ job application form was littered…
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Sexy, fun and downright bonkers fine dining in Santiago

Last week my husband I celebrated five years of marriage together. Apparently the British tradition after five years is to gift each other something made of wood. Only after 40 years together does it get interesting and I can expect a ruby (husband – take note). But 35 years is a long time to wait and I didn’t fancy a…
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Where to shop for food and groceries in Santiago, Chile

I’ve had a few queries about where to buy food and other groceries in Santiago. While I buy most of my basics through online app Cornershop (free delivery when you join their ‘Pop’ programme), and it’s been a while since I’ve been in a bricks and mortar supermarket, Santiago grocery shopping is still one big treasure hunt. While I’ve touched…
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