‘Singin’ in the rain’ in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a city like no other I’ve experienced. Cobbled streets, tango, neutral Parisian styled apartments, wide squares and the brightly coloured houses of La Boca…it can only be described as the perfect blend of South American and European architecture, ideas and cultures. Sadly, it rained for four days straight and so we were…

Condors, Gauchos and Steak: A 3 day tour of Salta, Argentina

Argentina may be slightly off the radar for many. For one, it is bloody miles away. Secondly, it is pricier than other South American countries. When people go backpacking in South America, it seems to be more common to visit Columbia, Peru and Bolivia. Another… as it is such a huge country, many places in…

A Rough Guide to Teaching English in Santiago

Teaching English as a foreign language is a funny one. In Chile, you need virtually no qualifications other than the ability to speak English (helpful, I know) and in some cases the luck to have been brought up in an English- speaking country. ‘Natives’, we are flatteringly and not always accurately called. Never have I…

Chile: Developed or developing?

On the surface, Chile seems like a pretty ‘developed’ country, not so different from many North American cities. That was certainly my first impression on arrival. An afternoon spent in Las Condes, the business sector of the city littered with high rise glass buildings confirmed this. And indeed, there is a lot of money here….

A trip through ‘lineo uno’ (pt. II)

Sadly, but unsurprisingly, not every metro stop on linea uno has the charm of Universidad Catolica. This post details some of the areas on line one that I am not so keen on. Fortunately, this post is much shorter than the previous, which says a lot about my opinion of Santiago. But nevertheless, here are…

A trip through ‘linea uno’

Line one in Santiago has something for everyone. The crowded markets of Estacion Central to the restaurants and cobbled streets of Lastarria, quirky café’s and leafy streets of Providencia, the swish glass buildings and corporate businesses in Las Condes and the mansions nested into the foothills of the Andes in Los Dominicos. As an English…

Casa Republica… ‘Where the sun never shines’ (but the rain comes in).

‘Character’. A simple word of nine letters, yet probably one of the most universally suspicious words in the English language. When I try and describe my residence of Casa Republica to my friends, I frequently use the phrases: ‘it’s pretty quirky. It’s got character, you know.’ I have to hand it to the landlord when…