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Santiago traffic – the scariest (but most efficient) in the world?

We left Santiago airport just before 12pm. At 12pm we were with our driver on the road. It was a few moments later that if I hadn’t been so tired and sick, I would have been petrified for our lives. We were approaching traffic head on. Our driver refused to move, explaining that the cars opposite us would make room.…
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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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Top tea rooms and cafés in York

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a tea obsessive. I’m actually a certified tea taster, for what that’s worth. I drink tea with friends and when enjoying time alone, to wake me up and to help me sleep. Needless to say, I’ve drunk my fair share of brews in my time here in York. Here are my top tearooms…
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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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