Home from home – a top play cafe for kids in Santiago

We currently have two homes in Chile. We’ve just about settled into our apartment. Allow me to show you around our second residence… MoMo Coffee and Play is a new play cafe for children which opened in the Las Condes district of Santiago about six months ago. The owner is a big, black, hairy friendly guy after whom the cafe…
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The best vegan health store in Santiago?

I’m 90% vegan, 80% plant based and 100% loving life here in Santiago, Chile. Up until recently I loved Santiago a little less. Grocery shopping here is rather a struggle, all the more if you’re vegan, on a special diet or living with an allergy. Last week I checked out a store recommended to me by several local and Expater friends…
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The best family friendly hotel in Santiago Chile

A little while ago we moved into our new home here in Santiago and just about everything that could go wrong did. So I checked into the most family friendly hotel I could find. Word on the expatriate parent block is that the five star Hotel Boulevard Suites is the most family friendly hotel you’ll find in Santiago. Here’s why:…
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The Best Schools in Santiago

We’re currently looking into a school for our son in Santiago, Chile. If you’re starting the search too, here is a list of some of the best schools we’ve come across here in Santiago and the suburbs. Please note that these notes are my very personal thoughts and impressions. Just because I didn’t rate a school, doesn’t mean you won’t.…
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Is it safe to drink the water in Chile?

Is it safe to drink the water in Santiago Chile? Yes, but it’s gross. It tastes like rotten swimming pool water. Safe to drink We’re based in Santiago, I’m pregnant and we have two preschool age children. We’ve been assured by fellow expats, local friends, our doctors and our relocation expert that the tap water here is safe to drink.…
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Is Santiago de Chile Safe?

Is Chile safe? Is Santiago safe? I’ve lived in Santiago for a few months now. Statistically it’s safe (ish). It’s a bit silly to quote statistics. What does it mean to be safe? Is violent crime recorded on the same level as petty theft? What about state level corruption? What about pockets of crime which bump up the stats, but…
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How to survive with an allergy in Santiago, Chile

Living in Chile with an allergy is tough. I’ve been told by Expater friends that the same applies for much of Latin America. My two year old suffers from an intolerance to dairy products (a delayed cow’s milk protein allergy, a.k.a. CMPA to be precise). Sadly people here don’t seem to get the ‘allergy thing’. I wonder if the people…
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Expat mums: is this the craziest school admission process ever?

I guess if you’re reading this you’ve gone through it already or are about to face it. You thought the house move was tough. You find it hard to master your new local language, but nothing prepared you for… the dreaded school application process. School admissions can be a stressful process no matter your country. I’ve heard stories of parents…
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How to get around by taxi, Uber and Beat in Santiago, Chile

I’ve been too scared to drive since I arrived in Chile. Perhaps it’s dumb, but the traffic rules are soooo confusing for us newcomers. More to the point, I’m pregnant and rather sick, and I don’t fancy throwing up on the steering wheel. Besides, getting by taxi in Santiago is easy and cheap. I live centrally and I have been…
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Top tips for applying to schools in Santiago, Chile

A few weeks ago I posted about how tough the school application process is here in Santiago, Chile. There’s an under supply of schools and a huge demand from parents, resulting in a scarcity of places. While in some countries a large bank balance will get your pick of the top schools of the country, here in Chile it’s much…
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