Day trip to Valparaiso

Last weekend we headed to Valparaiso. In case you’re new to Chile, Valparaiso is a lovely port town, located an hour and a half’s drive from Santiago. Valparaiso isn’t just a holiday resort, but a place of life, of history, culture and art. In the 19th century, it served as a major port within Latin America, and became known affectionately…
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Feeling lonely? Congratulations: you’re normal, and stronger than you think

Expaters, have you ever felt lonely? Chances are you have. Loneliness is a big issue and countries around the world are waking up to the fact. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of Britain’s Royal College of GPs, has warned that loneliness can be as bad for our health as chronic diseases. The UK government recently announced that it is putting £11.5m…
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Why I’m not buying gifts for my kids’ teachers

Expaters, did you buy your kid’s teacher a present this year? What did you give? I scanned the web for teacher gifts and look what I found in The Independent, a major British newspaper: ‘A candle might be a bit of a teacher present cliché, but make it a luxury number with Jo Malone and you can’t go far wrong’. …
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Moving to a new country? Read these tips from the experts first

I’ve moved countries about nine times in my life. I say ‘about’ because to be honest I can’t really remember. You think I’d get better at it, but each time moving countries throws up new challenges. For anyone else going through the move, I thought to share a few tips from some of my favourite travel bloggers, expat community founders…
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How Chileans are the most horrid people in the world

Chileans are the most rude, impatient, horrid people I’ve ever met. There. I’ve said it. But hold up, hold up… They’re actually the loveliest too. Say what? Well, they’re the nicest in that they are so, so helpful. As a pregnant lady whose had her fair share of baby bump issues, I can’t thank the general public enough. The security…
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Home Sweet Home – Finding your expat click point

Lots of people have commented how happy and settled I seem in Chile. My Dad asked if the gloss of my expat blog was for real. Well, yes, Papa, I can assure you, Chile is home sweet home. At home in life, at home in a country This got me thinking about feeling settled in life, as well as in…
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10 reasons why Santiago de Chile is a great place to live

I’ve been contacted by a few people looking to move to Santiago, Chile and asking about life here. Sure, not everything’s perfect, and we had a rough start to our move, but compared to anywhere else I’ve lived Chile has got to be the one of the best yet in terms of quality of life. Yes, there are things here…
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How to build a career as an expat woman

I’m lucky to be making lots of girl friends here in Chile. They come from all over the world and all different walks of life, but they share one common factor. They all complain about how tough it is to work. This got me thinking. Is it intrinsically harder to work as an expat? Or as an expat woman? Is…
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Living abroad can make you a better person

Last week I wrote about my life as an atheist with my devout Catholic husband. I received some really interesting feedback from fellow Expaters and it struck me how lucky I am to be surrounded by such a diverse network of people. Living abroad puts us among groups we probably wouldn’t mix with ‘back home’. Now research by the Director of…
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An Atheist’s Guide to Marrying A Religious Guy

One of the things I love most about my Expater friends is their sheer diversity and openness to other cultures. My address book is more multiculti than a Benetton ad. A good deal of them are with partners of other faiths. Recently a friend living in NYC asked how it was to get with a religious guy. Would the cultural…
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