10 tips to stay safe when blogging

How do you stay safe while blogging? Even if you’re new to the blogging game, even if you have only a handful of followers, it’s important to be cautious about what and how you post. I don’t want to scare you with tales of stalking, identity theft, trolls or generally dodgy internet folk, but it’s best to be safe rather…
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The dangers of buying second hand car seats

I never used to buy second hand. To me second hand meant dirty and just wasn’t worth the hassle. But then I became an expat. If you’ve ever lived abroad you’ll know the challenges of finding your favourite brands, and the elation when you do get hold of them. This feeling is multiplied times ten when it comes to stuff…
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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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10 reasons why Santiago de Chile is a great place to live

I’ve been contacted by a few people looking to move to Santiago, Chile and asking about life here. Sure, not everything’s perfect, and we had a rough start to our move, but compared to anywhere else I’ve lived Chile has got to be the one of the best yet in terms of quality of life. Yes, there are things here…
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Is it safe to drink the water in Chile?

Is it safe to drink the water in Santiago Chile? Yes, but it’s gross. It tastes like rotten swimming pool water. Safe to drink We’re based in Santiago, I’m pregnant and we have two preschool age children. We’ve been assured by fellow expats, local friends, our doctors and our relocation expert that the tap water here is safe to drink.…
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Is Santiago de Chile Safe?

Is Chile safe? Is Santiago safe? I’ve lived in Santiago for a few months now. Statistically it’s safe (ish). It’s a bit silly to quote statistics. What does it mean to be safe? Is violent crime recorded on the same level as petty theft? What about state level corruption? What about pockets of crime which bump up the stats, but…
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Life as an expatriate: Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. …

Last month was quite tough for me. I’m optimistic that things are improving though. I’ve laid down some ground rules. I’ve reset my priorities. I’ve been overwhelmed with support from all corners of the globe. My family and friends are awesome. It’s been interesting to see the way my Expater friends replied. Nine times out of ten, those living abroad…
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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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How to get around by taxi, Uber and Beat in Santiago, Chile

I’ve been too scared to drive since I arrived in Chile. Perhaps it’s dumb, but the traffic rules are soooo confusing for us newcomers. More to the point, I’m pregnant and rather sick, and I don’t fancy throwing up on the steering wheel. Besides, getting by taxi in Santiago is easy and cheap. I live centrally and I have been…
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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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