Día de las Glorias Navales

One of the best things about living in Chile are the frequent bank holidays, or feriados, which commemorate a variety of historical and culturally important days. One of the most recent of these feriados was on the 21st May, which annually remembers the Battle of Iqueque. The Battle of Iqueque was a naval battle fought…

‘Es mejor que el pan con palta’

One of my students recently told me about a common saying in Chile. When something great happens, or when life is generally good, it is referred to as ‘mejor que el pan con palta’.  This immediately sets the bar pretty high, as I have discovered here that few things can beat the simple goodness of…

A *very* brief introduction to Chilean media

One reason I chose Chile as my destination to teach English is because of its status as one of the most politically and economically stable countries in South America. The reliable source that is Google frequently told me that as far as South American cities go, Santiago comes out top in issues surrounding safety and…

Settling down in Santiago

When I told friends and family that I was planning to move to Santiago to teach English, I encountered every reaction from encouragement, amusement…. to downright bewilderment. ‘But you don’t speak any Spanish apart from ‘mas vino por favor.’ ‘You’re not a teacher.’ ‘You have absolutely no sense of direction.’ ‘Do you even know anyone…