Trip to the Santiago aeroplane museum

Last week we went to the aeroplane museum (Museo Nacional Aeronáutico y del Espacio), here in Santiago. If your kids have a thing for planes, helicopters or engines, you have to check it out! It’s huge, and really interactive. While some of the more precious models are fenced off, kids can climb aboard, touch or take a (pretend) flight on…
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Fear Of Missing Out On Your Goals?

A few nights ago I escaped for drinks with girlfriends. We got talking about the ‘Fear Of Missing Out on My Goals’. It’s a big thing and even has its own acronym (FOMOMG). In fact it keeps cropping up in conversations among my friends. Is it a millennial angst thing or an expat thing? Or does it apply to all,…
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Artequin: arty fun for kids in Santiago

Before I had kids I would happily spend a day wandering around art galleries. I love the way art questions our belief systems, gets us thinking differently, inspires us to change. I’d like my kids to feel the same. But I don’t love art enough to rush through white spaces, being shushed at by attendants as my monsters rampage past…
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The best play cafes in Santiago

Recently we’ve been making use of Santiago’s fabulous play cafes. In case you’re new to the concept: you pay an entrance fee per child so they can play in a safe zone full of toys for an unlimited time. If you’re lucky you’ll get a moment of peace to yourself to enjoy a coffee, catch up on emails or chat…
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How to make your own organic cosmetics: A masterclass with Qulla

A few weeks ago I tried a make your own organic cosmetics class here in Santiago de Chile. Qulla is an organic, plant based, natural skincare brand and its founder, Daniela runs workshops for both English and Spanish speakers in the city. To date, I’ve tried out two Qulla classes – make your own moisturisers and balms, as well as…
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Sexy, fun and downright bonkers fine dining in Santiago

Last week my husband I celebrated five years of marriage together. Apparently the British tradition after five years is to gift each other something made of wood. Only after 40 years together does it get interesting and I can expect a ruby (husband – take note). But 35 years is a long time to wait and I didn’t fancy a…
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Just for fun: what type of expat are you?

Last year expatriate networking organisation Internations released a study listing ten types of expat. I’m not sure which category I fall into. In fact, I reckon it’s much more simple. Either you’re an Expater or you’re not. In case you’re unsure where you land on the Expater scale, I’ve compiled my own quiz. 1. A friend is travelling to your hometown.…
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A fun day out at the farm

I’ve been getting a bit bored of city life and wanted to take the kids for some fun in the country. The thing is, I don’t like long car journeys, with or without kids. A friend recommended to visit the Granja Educativa (Educational Farm), which lies just 45 minutes from Santiago. The farm is situated in an area called Lonquen…
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On the defence of kids parties for kids (and not parents)

This weekend we celebrated my children’s birthdays. In fact, Sebastian turned four in February, and Rafa turned two about a fortnight ago. You see, we’d had a really stressful move to Chile, I’d had a couple of pregnancy scares and there were a few hiccups moving into our new apartment. We just didn’t have the time or energy to plan…
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Home from home – a top play cafe for kids in Santiago

We currently have two homes in Chile. We’ve just about settled into our apartment. Allow me to show you around our second residence… MoMo Coffee and Play is a new play cafe for children which opened in the Las Condes district of Santiago about six months ago. The owner is a big, black, hairy friendly guy after whom the cafe…
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