How to get your driving license in Chile

I passed my driving test! Whoop! After failing my test five times (or wait, was it six?!) in the UK, I was a little nervous to do my driving test here in Chile. Yes, you do need a local Chilean license, and after 90 days I’d wrongly understood that I could drive legally with my international license for a year.…
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Is Santiago de Chile Safe?

Is Chile safe? Is Santiago safe? I’ve lived in Santiago for a few months now. Statistically it’s safe (ish). It’s a bit silly to quote statistics. What does it mean to be safe? Is violent crime recorded on the same level as petty theft? What about state level corruption? What about pockets of crime which bump up the stats, but…
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How to get around by taxi, Uber and Beat in Santiago, Chile

I’ve been too scared to drive since I arrived in Chile. Perhaps it’s dumb, but the traffic rules are soooo confusing for us newcomers. More to the point, I’m pregnant and rather sick, and I don’t fancy throwing up on the steering wheel. Besides, getting by taxi in Santiago is easy and cheap. I live centrally and I have been…
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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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