Politics could kill my kid, not a pumpkin seed

Last week my son suffered a severe anaphylactic allergic reaction. He nearly died. While we suspect it was caused by a single pumpkin seed, we can’t be sure until we start allergy testing in around five weeks time. The second most disturbing thing, after almost losing my son, is the crazy, dirty world of pharma politics. There’s a global shortage…
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Chile is wonderful and oh so weird. Top ten super weird cultural …

We’ve been in Chile seven months now and we love it. As a Brit I find Chile sunny, friendly, fun… and at times rather weird. Here’s a top ten of things I find funny, unusual or downright hilarious: When born, babies often have their heads shaved. I’ve asked why… some have told me it makes the hair grow back differently,…
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Help! Can I bring chocolate and peanut butter into Chile?

We arrived into Chile after a truly horrible flight but our entry into Santiago was fairly smooth. Customs waived us through very quickly and my kids even got to pet the sniffer dogs as I’d fainted. It’s probably a good thing as I do wonder if I had items to be declared in my case. I don’t remember if I definitely…
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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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The British are weird – customs and etiquette for surviving British culture

Carpets in bathrooms, apologising when we’re not really sorry, and endless talk about the weather. Yes, we Brits are weird. My husband is Spanish and despite being married to a Brit and having lived in the UK himself, there are a few traditions and customs he just can’t get his head round. For any expats in the UK, here’s a…
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