The cost of living in Santiago de Chile

Is it expensive to live in Santiago de Chile? In a word: yes. OK, so prices aren’t anything like Switzerland, Angola or Japan, but salaries aren’t either. We love it here in Santiago de Chile. It’s great for small kids, the climate is fantastic and I adore the laid back vibe. But the quality of life doesn’t match other expat…
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The dangers of private healthcare

Private healthcare is awesome. I feel blessed to have it. Without it, I refused to feel move to Chile, a new continent for me. On the whole we’ve had awesome medical care here in Chile. But private healthcare is not always great. I’m just a little concerned about the over prescription of drugs, the dash to surgery, the antibiotic cure all…
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Everything you need to know about giving birth at the Clinica Alemana …

Last week I gave birth to baby Annabelle at the Clinica Alemana in Santiago de Chile.  Already a few pregnant Expater buddies have asked me about my experience and any tips I might have.  I’m generally against offering advice, as every child and mother to be is unique, but here are 20 pointers which you might consider if you’re with…
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What’s included in a typical expat contract?

Over the years living as an expatriate and making friends within Expater circles, I’ve noticed that a fat pay slip doesn’t always equal the most comprehensive expat deal. Some friends really seems to have sold themselves short, while others have blagged their way into a paradise lifestyle. So here’s the question – what’s included in an expatriate contract anyway? Not…
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Is Chile a good place to live?

Is Chile a good place to live? Is Santiago a good place to live? I recently got a lovely email from a lady contemplating a move from London to Santiago, asking the above questions. I started replying to her in person, but then I figured the advice would be very useful to many others, so here goes… Healthcare. If you’re…
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Top tips for the best expat insurance

I’ve lost one of my favourite rings. The stone is quite large so I take it off to sleep and it usually rests undisturbed on my bed side table until the following morning. My toddler has a habit of ‘tidying’ my keys, phone and anything which I value into the bin and I can only guess that my ring has…
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The British National Health System

Expater friends moving to the UK with kids always ask me three things: ‘How can I find a good home in a decent neighbourhood?’ ‘How can I find a find a good school?’ and ‘Can I trust the British National Health System?’ Well I’ve run through the best neighbourhoods in London and I’ll discuss schools later, but first let’s consider the…
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Private Medical Insurance? Your child’s health is still with Britain’s …

I have two sons, one is called Sebastian and the other Rafa. The eldest, Sebastian, was recently caught in a nasty accident and narrowly avoided having at least one finger amputated. The emergency workers, nurses, doctors, anaesthetists and surgeons were incredible throughout and it’s thanks to them that he’s back to normal today. I’ve witnessed emergency care in developing countries…
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