Buying kids shoes in Chile: Children’s shoe size conversion charts and …

Today I nearly threw my computer out of the window. I’d been trying to buy shoes for my child online and couldn’t figure out the sizing. Why does every country insist on different sizing systems? To mess with our minds? To make us buy more shoes because, let’s face it, we’ll never have the time or the energy to return…
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Help! Can I bring chocolate and peanut butter into Chile?

We arrived into Chile after a truly horrible flight but our entry into Santiago was fairly smooth. Customs waived us through very quickly and my kids even got to pet the sniffer dogs as I’d fainted. It’s probably a good thing as I do wonder if I had items to be declared in my case. I don’t remember if I definitely…
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An introduction to mindful eating by mother and former model Stefania Abovic

Picture this, it’s 9.30pm and after a seemingly endless day of nappy changes and generally just keeping your kids alive (‘Pass mummy the meat cleaver, darling!) the little monsters are finally asleep. You head to the fridge, break off a chunk of cheese, tip the remaining contents of the Merlot into the nearest glass and put your feet up to enjoy Netflix.…
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The ultimate family friendly nature retreat just 90 minutes from Santiago

We’ve been here four months but up until last weekend we still hadn’t left Santiago. I’m pregnant and have had my fair share of baby bump issues and I was too scared to travel very far. Besides, we also have two preschoolers and long road trips with the kids are never fun. So we booked a last minute weekend away…
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10 reasons why Santiago de Chile is a great place to live

I’ve been contacted by a few people looking to move to Santiago, Chile and asking about life here. Sure, not everything’s perfect, and we had a rough start to our move, but compared to anywhere else I’ve lived Chile has got to be the one of the best yet in terms of quality of life. Yes, there are things here…
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Ambrosia – Italian Chilean fusion for a romantic date night

My kids are both sick and I’m reminiscing about my last date night a zillion years ago. With a reservation made just a couple of hours previous, we headed off to Ambrosia. The setting is so romantic, and if it weren’t starting to get a little chilly we would definitely be fighting for a seat among couples in its beautiful…
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Speak Spanish? Hate Chilean bureaucracy? You’ll love this

I write a blog, sure, but I’m not a huge fan of technology. Dusty books, fresh air and traditional afternoon tea are my game.  But technology is rather useful. Last week I came across a new app for foreigners in Chile. ‘Yo Migro‘ is in Spanish and it’s aimed at migrants, not expats, (don’t get me started on the difference…
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A fun day out at the farm

I’ve been getting a bit bored of city life and wanted to take the kids for some fun in the country. The thing is, I don’t like long car journeys, with or without kids. A friend recommended to visit the Granja Educativa (Educational Farm), which lies just 45 minutes from Santiago. The farm is situated in an area called Lonquen…
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The most instagrammable breakfast cafe in Santiago?

Update: Bistro Botanico in Vitacura has now closed. The owners will be opening a new joint, ‘even prettier and bigger’, in Lo Barnechea. Watch this space…   Last week was fun, but sad. A friend who helped me immensely when I first moved to Chile is moving back to the UK. She’d organised a breakfast meet up for a few…
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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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