Tag Archives: Expat

My experience of an 8.8 Earthquake in Chile

My 8.8 Earthquake Experience

Today is the 3-year anniversary of the 8.8 Earthquake that struck Chile on February 27th 2010. I wrote the following experience just days after the earthquake had happened and have republished it here: Setting: Chile – Saturday, 27th of February 2010 – 3.34am Either you were soundly sleeping or in the final stages of some […]

New Zealand Lollies and Sweets

Food, glorious food (from back home)

If you read my ramblings you should know that I am a kiwi. (If not, visit the about page, though only if you have a warped sense of humour). AND, in case you didn’t know, New Zealanders are called kiwis (less syllables, much easier to say, especially after a couple of pints). No, we are […]

My experience of an 8.8 Earthquake in Chile

8.8 Earthquake Expat Experiences – Chile

Almost a year has passed since the Mega earthquake that shook central and southern Chile during the early morning hours of the 27th of February 2010. It was 8.8 (on the Richter scale) at its epicentre near Concepción making it the 5th strongest earthquake in recorded history. In Santiago, where we were when it happened, […]

Driving up into the Andes Mountains we came across this water-filled hole blocking our way. A big match for our little car.

What is a Permiso de Circulación in Chile?

If you are planning on driving in Chile or owning a car here, then you need to know what a Permiso de Circulación is. ¿What is a Permiso de Circulación? The permiso de circulación, which can roughly be translated in English as “Permission to drive around”, is an annual tax which must be paid for […]

International Food Night

Food I miss from the United States

I swear that every day something happens here in Santiago that makes me miss a thing or a food item from the U.S. Icing Most recently, it has been icing. Icing, or frosting, is the sugary-sweet cream that covers a cake. Here, cakes have a thin layer of icing, which isn’t always sweet enough for […]