Is Chile a good place to live?

Is Chile a good place to live? Is Santiago a good place to live? I recently got a lovely email from a lady contemplating a move from London to Santiago, asking the above questions. I started replying to her in person, but then I figured the advice would be very useful to many others, so here goes… Healthcare. If you’re…
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Top travel tips for new expats in Santiago, Chile

We’ve been in Santiago over a month now and I have to admit, I haven’t explored much of the city yet. That’s perhaps the difference between tourists and expats. We expats have a mission, we have stuff to be getting on with, mobile phone contracts to be setting up, identity cards to be processed and as we’re here for a…
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Chile: First impressions

I’ve been in Santiago, Chile for a month now and thought to share my first impressions in a quick update. There are lots of skyscrapers, gigantic shiny glass buildings and more are on the way. Does the building work ever stop? British supermarket brands reign supreme. Waitrose, Tesco, Asda… they’re all here. And a Chilean version of Boots the chemist…
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A guide to house (and apartment) hunting in Santiago

I’ve done the expat house hunting thing several times. In fact, I’ve calculated that since 2013 I’ve moved home ten times. When we (hopefully) move into our apartment here in Santiago, it’ll be home number 11. House hunting for expats has a few common threads (check rental prices before you jet off, do your research, be prepared to compromise…) but…
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Santiago traffic – the scariest (but most efficient) in the world?

We left Santiago airport just before 12pm. At 12pm we were with our driver on the road. It was a few moments later that if I hadn’t been so tired and sick, I would have been petrified for our lives. We were approaching traffic head on. Our driver refused to move, explaining that the cars opposite us would make room.…
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