German Wanderers in Southern Chile

I recently took a trip to the lakes region in the South of Chile. Many of my students have repeatedly told me that before I leave, I have to take a trip to the South as by many it is considered the most beautiful area of the entire country. Forget the Atacama, Patagonia and the…

Can she Dance? Can she Jive? Is she Really Having the Time of her Life?

Theresa May has a new hobby. And who can blame her; maybe her dancing is a good distraction from her terrible politics. She was a woeful Foreign Secretary. Windrush- need we say more? Austerity. NHS and education cuts. Strong and Stable, whatever that meant; her current government is anything but. And let’s not forget the…

9/11 in Chile

The 11th of September is synonymous throughout the world with the tragic attack on the Twin Towers in New York City, 2001. But in Chile, this date has a different significance. On the 11th September 1973 the CIA backed military campaign led by Augusto Pinochet, overthrew the democratically elected government in Santiago and imposed a…

Superstitions and their origins

Do you believe in superstitions? Are there certain people, places, things or events that are lucky or unlucky? Do you believe in ghosts or spirits from another dimension? What are some superstitions from your culture? These were a series of introductory questions to a lesson I gave last week based on (yep, you’ve probably guessed…

‘Quidditch’ is the Same in Every Language

The language barrier has definitely been the most difficult thing about moving abroad to a country where English is not the first language. When I arrived to Santiago I had an extremely basic level of Spanish (I had just about mastered the Hola, no hablo espanol, estoy perdido and adios). The foundation for any great…

Why living abroad makes you appreciate the NHS so much more

While living abroad, it is difficult not to make comparisons with your home country. I have discovered this both now living in Chile and also two years ago when I studied abroad in Wisconsin for a year. This is often a completely useless and unhelpful thing to do. Every country has different histories, values, traditions…