At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Chile and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Bear Shaped Sphere
Eileen has been living in Chile for eight years, and she knows her stuff. This writer (with many other talents) has offbeat insights to share on day-to-day life in Santiago. Use the search function on her blog to dig through all of the useful topics, and be sure to read her FAQs section before getting in touch; she may have an answer to your burning question ready and waiting.
Gringo in South America
An English teacher’s travels around South America and life in Santiago, where it turns out, you have to be prepared for random clown attacks! Daniel provides an introvert’s perspective on living abroad and carving out his ideal life and career. Follow Daniel’s goals for 2016 as he focuses on personal and professional growth and becoming as ‘paperless as possible’ – no easy feat for a teacher?
Southern Cone Travel
Californian Wayne has a 30-year relationship with Latin America. He writes guidebooks to the “Southern Cone” countries, aka Chile and Argentina. Based in southern South America for five months of each year, Wayne’s blog leaves no stone unturned. Settle in with a cuppa because there are nine years (and counting) worth of posts for you to delve in to and enjoy.
Chile Living Today
Beautiful stories of expat life in Concepcion and beyond. This former New York marketing director reflects on how her perspective has altered since switching to the slower paced, Chilean life eight years ago. She describes the difficult experience of being initially snubbed by her husband’s family, and overcoming language barriers. Enjoy snaps of glorious countryside in posts about numerous camping trips. Over the years this blogger and her family’s ambitions have evolved; and they’re now poised to fulfill their dreams of what Chilean life could be.
A blog curated by three friends (from different countries) who are on a mission to make life easier for expats in Santiago. Get tips on everything from where to live, go for a drink, get a haircut, look for a job and calculate your sueldo liquido. There’s even a post on deciphering Chilean slang. A good resource for those who have ‘just landed.’
Our Chilean Adventure
Lori chronicles her family’s life on Lago Llanquihue in the lakes district and
shares links to Chile-related news and travel articles. Find out about their permanent residency application process and how they moved all of their belongings to another country in a big shipping container. Lori also posts on Chilean healthcare, house hunting, snakes(!), earthquakes, obtaining a Chilean drivers license and enrolling their kids in the local school system, among many other topics.
Suzanne left the US in the seventies to marry and settle in Chile. Now retired, her blog features lots of nature writing and poignant reflections on memorable life moments. She also contemplates the dilemma of many expat parents: potentially losing her sons to another country if they choose to put down roots in the place she left behind.
We’re always on the lookout for more sites to feature – if you run a blog about living in Chile, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!