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Last week on a stroll through Vitacura I stumbled on a wonderful grocery store. Perhaps grocery store isn’t the right word. More like paradise for lazy, but fussy gluttons like me. ‘Fork‘ has three branches across the city (Lo Barnechea, Providencia and since April 2018 Vitacura) with a mission to provide the best local, natural produce. All the best local,…

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I used to struggle to think of ideas of what to do with my kids in the UK. Here in Chile it’s so easy. The beach, the mountains, the desert… they’re all just a couple of hours from our Santiago apartment. On Saturday morning my kid asked to play in the snow. So we headed to Valle Nevado, just an hour…

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What should you pack when moving to a new country? Of course it depends where you’re moving to. And how much you crave your home goodies. But an international move is a great reason to declutter. Scrap, Sell, Store, Ship Follow the rule: first priority is to scrap it. If you really can’t throw it away, then sell it. If…

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After a few queries from fellow Expaters, I decided to start a round up of events and happenings in Santiago and beyond which I’ll keep updated. Please do message me if you know of anything else happening in our ‘hood. 17 June – Father’s day brunch at Noso, W Hotel. $39,900 CLP per person, paid in advance (children from 0-5…

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Last week a friend let me into a tip that I’m going to share with all you expat mums in Santiago. Hidden behind a busy road in a less than glam district of Vitacura is a secret oasis of calm. The Casa de los Matta is a wonderful little retreat in the heart of the city’s traffic and chaos, and…

The post The Secret garden library for kids in Vitacura, Santiago appeared first on The Expater.

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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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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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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re with someone from another country. Perhaps you fell in love with a local while abroad, or you moved overseas especially for them. Or you’re doing the long distance thing right now, but are considering a switch to be together. What’s the best route? Is a long distance relationship really worth it? Is it…

The post Move abroad or long distance relationship? Should you move country for love? appeared first on The Expater.

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I’ve had a few queries about where to buy food and other groceries in Santiago. While I’ve touched on the subject before, I thought a proper round up which I’ll try to update regularly would come in handy. Here goes: Fruit, vegetables and flowers – I try to avoid the supermarkets and visit my local market. Markets are cheaper, the shopping…

The post Where to shop for food and groceries in Santiago, Chile appeared first on The Expater.

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A few weeks ago I was at a supermarket and an idiot ran over my foot with their trolley. The worst thing is, that idiot was me. Six months pregnant and exhausted after a night spent relaying between whining preschoolers, it seems my body wasn’t coordinating its moves right. With all my six month pregnant belly weight leaning on the…

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