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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Move abroad or long distance relationship? Should you move country for love?

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re with someone from another country. Perhaps you fell in love with a local while abroad, or you moved overseas especially for them. Or you’re doing the long distance thing right now, but are considering a switch to be together. What’s the best route? Is a long distance relationship really worth it? Is it…
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Medically proven: how expat mums can walk with broken toes

A few weeks ago I was at a supermarket and an idiot ran over my foot with their trolley. The worst thing is, that idiot was me. Six months pregnant and exhausted after a night spent relaying between whining preschoolers, it seems my body wasn’t coordinating its moves right. With all my six month pregnant belly weight leaning on the…
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One simple trick to combat stress, loneliness and feel great as an …

During a particularly tough week in Angola a friend said to me: ‘surround yourself with your favourite things’. Life as an expatriate is generally wonderful, but sometimes it gets lonely, stressful and tiring. While it’s not usually possible for us expats to magically transport our loved ones from abroad in times of need, a few little touches can make all the difference.…
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Just for fun: what type of expat are you?

Last year expatriate networking organisation Internations released a study listing ten types of expat. I’m not sure which category I fall into. In fact, I reckon it’s much more simple. Either you’re an Expater or you’re not. In case you’re unsure where you land on the Expater scale, I’ve compiled my own quiz. 1. A friend is travelling to your hometown.…
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Ticking the right box: the full time ‘expat spouse’ job

Expat mums, expat spouses, expat partners – do you work? Recently friend asked me what I did for a living and I replied, ‘I move countries’. I’ve moved countries five times in the last five years and assisted my husband with a short term move to Nigeria in between. Goodness knows how many times I’ve moved from hotel to temporary apartment…
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How to treat eczema and psoriasis 

Among the many things I suffer from (shoe addiction, frizzy hair, aversion to early mornings), eczema and psoriasis are probably the most annoying. I’ve battled with eczema and psoriasis since I was born. From hardly noticing it was there, to being stopped in the street and asked if my face was OK. Since I moved to Santiago in Chile, I’ve had…
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On the defence of kids parties for kids (and not parents)

This weekend we celebrated my children’s birthdays. In fact, Sebastian turned four in February, and Rafa turned two about a fortnight ago. You see, we’d had a really stressful move to Chile, I’d had a couple of pregnancy scares and there were a few hiccups moving into our new apartment. We just didn’t have the time or energy to plan…
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How to build a career as an expat woman

I’m lucky to be making lots of girl friends here in Chile. They come from all over the world and all different walks of life, but they share one common factor. They all complain about how tough it is to work. This got me thinking. Is it intrinsically harder to work as an expat? Or as an expat woman? Is…
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Living abroad can make you a better person

Last week I wrote about my life as an atheist with my devout Catholic husband. I received some really interesting feedback from fellow Expaters and it struck me how lucky I am to be surrounded by such a diverse network of people. Living abroad puts us among groups we probably wouldn’t mix with ‘back home’. Now research by the Director of…
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