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I'm originally from Northern Ireland but have lived in Santiago de Chile for over two years. I work in marketing communications and as a writer and editor. I got the travel bug a few years ago and haven't looked back since.
Kilrea, Northern Ireland
Santiago de Chile
I have written and edited copy for CCEA, Northern Ireland, Translink, Northern Ireland, BBDO Chile, Sony Chile and Viva!
The world is a wonderful place.
India, Tokyo and Cambodia. Saturday night in Belfast city centre can be pretty scary too.
Getting stranded along a dirt track road in the middle of Cambodia and then being rescued by a teenage boy on a moped.
Teaching my Indian driver to sing traditional Northern Irish songs and learning Hindi tunes.
Don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. Try the local cuisine!
Smile! Learn to say hello and thank-you in the local language - you'll get a much better reception. Respect the environment and culture of your host country. Always carry water and some imodium tablets!
Long Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand. I want a hammock....
The following tour operators provide tours in the middle Chile region: TurisTour (www.turistour.cl) operates tours of Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, ......Read More
Cities in middle Chile are generally safe but like anywhere, opportunistic theft occurs. Take care of your personal belongings and ......Read More
There’s plenty to enjoy in Middle Chile all year round as the area enjoys a Mediterranean-style climate. If you want ......Read More
Papudo is a fishing town about 115 kilometers north of Viña del Mar and 5 kilometers north of Zapallar. Legend ......Read More
At one time, rich Chileans spent their vacations in Viña del Mar. Then the crowds descended and spoiled everything. The ......Read More
Horcon is a small fishing town based around a sheltered bay. It’s about 44km north of Viña del Mar and ......Read More
Hotel Montecarlo is a budget hotel situated close to Cerro Santa Lucia. Rooms come with private bathrooms, hair dryers, TVs ......Read More
Located inside a restored historical building, Lastarria Tourist Apartments provide modern, stylish self-catering apartments for one to six people. They ......Read More
Suites and Apartments Barrio Lastarria has 280 self-catering apartments that sleep one to three people. Apartments are small but modern ......Read More
One block from Plaza Ñuñoa, La Tecla (“the keyboard”) is easy to spot. Just look for the pink period house ......Read More
The Blue Pub is a cute little bistro that serves up salads and pastas at lunchtime and a range of ......Read More
Fuente Suiza is an old-fashioned family restaurant that probably hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1954. But when the ......Read More
Termas Valle de Colina is a nature reserve situated about 45 km from Santiago in the scenic Cajón del Maipo, ......Read More
Sanctuario de la Naturaleza Yerba Loca is a 39,000-hectare nature reserve about one hour from downtown Santiago. It’s run by ......Read More
The El Arrayán nature reserve is less than an hour from downtown Santiago in the Cajón del Mapocho. The reserve ......Read More
Santiagovision provides a hop-on, hop-off city bus that focuses on Santiago’s historical areas. Stops include Palacio de la Moneda, Iglesia ......Read More
Turismo Brava operates much more interesting tours than many of its rivals. The Viña del Mar city tour ends with ......Read More
Although based in Santiago, TurisTour offer a number of tours of Viña del Mar and the surrounding area. You have ......Read More
Woodward offers group Spanish classes in blocks of 10, 20, 25 or 50 hours. Students set their own timetable and ......Read More
Escuela Newen is a few minutes from the Bellas Artes Museum. The school is small, the staff is friendly and ......Read More
Santiago is an outstanding place to take Spanish classes. The city houses several schools, and the high teaching quality makes ......Read More
Viña enjoys sunny summers and mild winters. The temperatures range from 22C (72F) to 10C (50F) so it’s possible to ......Read More
Cactus Language school offers a unique opportunity to learn Spanish in Santiago and volunteer at the same time. The program ......Read More
Volunteers for WorldTeach become English instructors. There are two programs available: Chile Ministry or Chile DuocUC. Volunteers teach at either ......Read More
VE Global has legal NGO status in Chile and, unlike many organizations, doesn’t charge volunteers a fee. Volunteers carry out ......Read More
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