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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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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Well that was weird! Annabelle’s ‘abnormal’ birth

Last Sunday I gave birth to a beautiful little girl, Annabelle. When originally asked what type of birth I wanted, I said ‘oh you know, normal’. For me, natural births are normal. But here in Chile perhaps less so. Annabelle is my third child, and contrary to expectations it was the most emotional, beautiful and quite frankly downright odd experience.…
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Why the Chilean school admission exam system is a frigging joke

Recently I posted about the Chilean school admission exams. I’ll be honest, in my opinion the system here sucks. For the most part, it puts unnecessary pressure on parents and children. For many institutions it’s little more than the abuse of an archaic system; it’s taking advantage of desperate parents for financial gain. Steve Jobs’ job application form was littered…
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