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It’s a girl!

Hoorah!  A quick update to let you know that I gave birth to a beautiful little girl on Sunday. I’ve been struggling to find time to get the news around friends and family, so here’s a short post. Annabelle was born at 4am (why are babies never born at sensible hours?) and we’re doing great. Alas, like my second child,…
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Cornershop: Stress free online grocery shopping in Santiago de Chile

I just did my first shop with Cornershop. All my friends rave about it, but I’ve only just got round to using it. You see I have a love-hate relationship with shopping. Love designer boutiques, hate supermarkets… Malls devoid of fresh air and natural light make me itch. And shopping with the kids? Don’t even get me started. What is…
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How to get a proof of residence in Santiago, Chile

OK here’s a rather dull blog post, but something a few Expaters in Chile have been asking me about. For almost any official document – a driving license, a tarjeta de vecino and so on, you’ll need to prove your residence. Generally you’ll need a recent utility invoice with your name on it. However, if like me, your name isn’t…
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Jurassic Park comes to Santiago

We just got back from a trip to Bosque Jurasico (Jurassic Park to you and me). The event is being held at Parque Padre Hurtado in Santiago until 29 July and I thought to share a few pics in case you have curious little dinosaurs of your own too. It’s only a small enclosure but there are several (moving) dinosaurs…
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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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