How to survive with an allergy in Santiago, Chile

Living in Chile with an allergy is tough. I’ve been told by Expater friends that the same applies for much of Latin America. My two year old suffers from an intolerance to dairy products (a delayed cow’s milk protein allergy, a.k.a. CMPA to be precise). Sadly people here don’t seem to get the ‘allergy thing’. I wonder if the people…
View Post
Share this post:

How to learn Spanish (and other foreign languages) fast

We’ve been in Chile nearly two months now. My Spanish has gone from terrible to borderline average. I studied French and German at university. I’m in an unrequited love affair with Arabic (I love the language, but it doesn’t seem to love my brain). I picked up some Dutch in Antwerp. I tried to learn basic Hindi prior to my…
View Post
Share this post:

What’s included in a typical expat contract?

Over the years living as an expatriate and making friends within Expater circles, I’ve noticed that a fat pay slip doesn’t always equal the most comprehensive expat deal. Some friends really seems to have sold themselves short, while others have blagged their way into a paradise lifestyle. So here’s the question – what’s included in an expatriate contract anyway? Not…
View Post
Share this post:

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…
View Post
Share this post:

Shhhh! A former PR’s guide to luxury hotels (and fake reviews)

I used to work in luxury hotel public relations. Those who claim it’s all about jetting from hotel to hotel with Champagne breath journalists would be… errrr… mostly right. After a horrendous experience in Angola, I chose to move back to the UK and focus on a job which I’d love. Travel PR suited me well, the team I worked…
View Post
Share this post:

Travel with preschool age children

When asked an expat mum said to Santa that she’d like a purple unicorn for Christmas. ‘Don’t be silly’, Santa replied, ‘there’s no such thing’. ‘OK’, said the mum, ‘I’ll have a relaxing flight back home with the kids then’. ‘Umm… let me see about that unicorn’, said Santa. I recently survived the flight from hell with our two preschoolers.…
View Post
Share this post:

‘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…
View Post
Share this post:

How to choose a good kindergarten

Creche, kindergarten, nursery, parvulario… call it what you like. An important developmental stage for children, a useful preparation for school, a life saver for parents… nurseries can be great. My sister in law is a super qualified childcare expert and when I got myself in a bit of a tizzy over which nursery to choose for my son, she reassured…
View Post
Share this post:

Did you know the meaning behind these Christmas traditions? Clue: look to …

Unlike most British tabloid newspapers would lead you to believe, I’m proudly British and I love Germany. Why? Because I also love Christmas. I studied German at university, mostly based on its year abroad programme. Some chose to learn French in Martinique, others Spanish in Colombia, but I yearned after a winter in Bavaria. If anyone knows how to do…
View Post
Share this post:

The ultimate Christmas gift for dry or oily skin

Have you ever met someone randomly at a party then ended up inseparable best friends for life? Someone who enriches your life, makes you better deep down and protects you in times of need? OK, it’s not quite the same, but let me introduce you to a new beauty friend of mine. This little facial oil skin saviour came into…
View Post
Share this post:

Looking for Something?