The Night The Lights Went Out

The following is a short story inspired by the spat of recent earthquakes. It is fictional and pretty darn one-dimensional but it has been a long time since I´ve written a story – I´m rusty!! Present Day Santiago At 11:05pm on Tuesday 22nd, every single light in the city went out. The skyscrapers were left

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How to be Earthquake Savvy

Photo:Trish Shaw

Chile has a lot of earthquakes. Science tells us we can to thank the subduction fault off of Chile´s coast that is constantly busy.  This sees the Nazca plate pushing against the South American plate, causing wonders (like the Andes mountain range) and unpredictable conditions such as earthquakes. Personal experience tells us that these jaw-dropping,

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Supporting Small: Business Directory

The magazine Forbes writes that small businesses are impressive when you think ¨about the time, commitment and labour these hard working individuals contribute to make their business both come to life and stay alive¨ (Sep 2 2014). Many of us do not think consciously about where we shop, but it deserves some thought. Here are

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The Santiago I Know

bigThe morning begins by donning my shoes and jacket, and trudging to the store. The still-warm marraquetas are firm beneath my touch as they tumble into the yellow bag before being weighed by the same woman who serves me everyday.  To them I´m known as ¨vecina¨, one of many who frequent the store when something – anything –

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Valparaiso: City of Artists, Dreamers + Explorers

If there is one place that stirs my soul, calls to me and befuddles me, it is Valparaiso. This city is equal parts beautiful, ugly, maddening, exciting, awe inspiring and bewildering. This is the place that for hundreds of years saw the arrival and departure of Chile´s visitors, and was even pillaged by pirates. The

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Expat Spotlight: Meet Siski and Her Amazing Watercolour Paintings

A few years ago I came across some pictures in one of the various Facebook groups for expats in Chile, and then discovered that I had gone missing.  As I peered at the image of the grey shaggy haired dog and then at the thin-legged bird, I found myself transported back in time to when

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Mummy Diaries: Being a Mother and a Woman

What does it mean to be a mother? Being a mother has been about letting go. Letting go of my waistline, and my ability to jump on trampolines or do any other kind of excessive movement without making some kind of embarrassing sound.  Sometimes it has meant losing my cool over something as small as

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