What should I pack when moving to Chile?

Lots of people moving to Chile ask what to stock up on before their big move. While it’s silly to go overboard and it’s always wise to check the country’s import regulations, there are still items my friends and I wish we’d packed before we came. I did compile a list of items to pack before any expat move, but…
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The Secret garden library for kids in Vitacura, Santiago

Last week a friend let me into a tip that I’m going to share with all you expat mums in Santiago. Hidden behind a busy road in a less than glam district of Vitacura is a secret oasis of calm. The Casa de los Matta is a wonderful little retreat in the heart of the city’s traffic and chaos, and…
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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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Best books for children to learn English

We’ve had a huge clear out, our stuff is packed for Chile and we’re surviving with the basics. We’ve packed away our books too, including our children’s top reads, but have been making up for our loss with extra visits to our local library. One book didn’t make it to the packing boxes however – a Spanish / English children’s dictionary…
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Top ten books for non native English speakers

My Spanish sister-in-law recently asked me to recommend some novels to help improve her level of English. Something easy enough to understand after an exhausting day at work or with the kids, but with sufficient depth to keep her engaged. I’ve had a dig around my book shelves and here are my top ten picks for non native speakers of…
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