A look back on my 2018 & forwards to 2019

Happy (belated) New Year Expaters! What a year it’s been. 2018 was certainly an eventful year for me. We moved to Chile, starting our new lives in its beautiful bustling capital, Santiago. I got pregnant and suffered pretty much every day of those nine months. Whoever invented the term ‘morning sickness’ is wrong – it’s all day, all night sickness.…
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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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Is this Latino Christmas tradition the most stupid ever?

Do you know about the most stupid Christmas tradition for kids? If you’re living in South America or Spain, I reckon you do. Let me enlighten you… Spanish O’Clock The first time I actually experienced it was in Spain. We were staying at a hotel with my Spanish in-laws and staff asked if our one year old would like to see…
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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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Expaters this will make you laugh (and me scream)

I’m really getting into Chilean life. My Spanish is improving, my kids are settled in their nursery and I feel at home. In fact, my kid has his nursery graduation show tonight – a Ghostbusters themed extravaganza. We’ve been making his costume for a couple of weeks now. Yesterday I even headed to the busiest market in town to get…
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Ten ways to tell you’ve been an expat for a long, …

Been an expat for a long time? I’ve been living abroad one and off since I was 18 and it’s made me a little odd I guess. How about you, Expaters? You know when you’ve been away from ‘home’ for a long, long time when… Someone asks you where you got an item of clothing and you reply with a…
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What’s your expat type?

Why did you move abroad? For love, for work, or just for the hell of it? Internations, a network and guide for expats in 420 cities worldwide has published results from a massive survey, summarizing why we choose to move abroad. I reckon I fall (or have fallen) into just about every category. What’s your expat type? The Go-Getter You…
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Getting out of the funk: An expert’s guide

It’s been a tough week. My son suffered a severe anaphylactic attack and we suspect he’ll now have lifelong allergies, my newborn has bronchitis and I’m getting over pneumonia. Oof. But I’m positive that we’ll get a grip on my son’s allergies. I’m thrilled my blog seems to be taking off. I’ve met many wonderful people here in Chile that…
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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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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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