‘Oi, Fatty!’ and other Latin American terms of endearment

Recently I read a debate on a Brazilian forum about the use of ‘gordito‘ (fatty) as a term of endearment. It turns out that the phrase is in common use here in Chile too. At the supermarket, I heard a mother shout to her child ‘hey fatty, get over here,’ before plonking a big kiss on his forehead. I’ve also…
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How to do a long distance relationship

Last month I spent looking after my two kids on my own. My husband was a away in Chile, hunting out a good school and a home. As a couple we’d done the long distance relationship thing before, but it’s always tough. Sure, at times it’s been glamorous (yes darling, let’s meet in the Philippines), at times it’s been rather…
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Connecting Business Class flight? Learning from my UK-Chile nightmare

Hoorah we made it to Chile! New Year, new country. It was a tough journey. In fact, as a family it was the toughest trip we’ve ever done. It wasn’t travelling with preschool age children which was the issue (on the whole they were well behaved). Nor was it the length of the journey (18 hours wasn’t fun, but the…
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Anyone else (panic) buy before a new expat adventure?

American novelist Ira Levin once said, ‘Anyone who needs more than one suitcase is a tourist, not a traveler’.   This has got me thinking. In January I’m moving with my husband and kids to Santiago, in Chile. We’ve just our stuff shipped last week and now we’re surviving with the basics. It’s been a logistical nightmare sorting our stuff. A container from…
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The true price of expat life: no grandparents

I’ve been rather poorly these last couple of of weeks. My husband has been away in Chile and it turns out that looking after two preschoolers with a strong dislike of sleep doesn’t agree well with my body. It’s times like these that I appreciate my parents more than ever. My grandparents are truly grand My mother and father have…
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