Don’t let the Smug Expat Mums get to you

Dear fellow Expater mums Beware of the Smug Expat Mum (SEM). They’re the ones wearing makeup and clean clothes by 8am. Their leaders even go in for white jeans. They shun the mum bun for a full on blow dried balayage. Their babies wear cashmere in winter and (freshly ironed) linen in the summer. All courtesy of Ralph Lauren. I…
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Cultural tradition or cultural appropriation?

Last week my children celebrated ‘Mapuche week’ at their nursery. If like me, you’re clueless as to what Mapuche means, well I checked and according to Wikipedia they’re ‘a group of indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including parts of present-day Patagonia’. I went to a market seller and asked for a Mapuche costume and was handed a couple…
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Home Sweet Home – Finding your expat click point

Lots of people have commented how happy and settled I seem in Chile. My Dad asked if the gloss of my expat blog was for real. Well, yes, Papa, I can assure you, Chile is home sweet home. At home in life, at home in a country This got me thinking about feeling settled in life, as well as in…
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Think your belongings are insured? Think again

Expaters, think you’ve got your personal items insured? Think again. One of my first priorities when we move to a new country is to get insurance set up. But here in Chile it’s proving a little tricky. Travel insurance, health insurance, home insurance; they all exist. But insurance of personal items taken outside of your home, but within Chile, does…
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Expatriate relocation: what to pack in your hand and hold luggage

Last week I listed items that I wished I’d packed in my container before I moved. This got me thinking about things which I should have kept in my suitcase with me for the journey. After a flight from hell and a super chaotic move into our apartment, I’ve learnt the hard way about what to keep in my hand…
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