The 18th

The last few days have been a riot of celebrations, all to do with the dieciocho, the Chilean National Holiday on the 18th September that commemorates the invention of the empanada in 1810, the birth of John Fashanu or something. The exact origins of the festival have been lost but to make up for it the Chileans … Continue reading The 18th

We’re leaving Santiago 

So the time has come to pack up all our things in an enormous Toyota 4Runner and start to make our way in the world.  The plan is to head up to Copiapó to see the flowers blooming in the desert, the driest de returned in the world, and then drive down south towards Puerto … Continue reading We’re leaving Santiago 

Chile first impressions

We've been here just over a week. Here are a few, and by no means comprehensive, thoughts. "This isn't Bolivia". Things get done. Slowly, but they get done. Well, about 80% of the time.  Beauracracy is king. You take a number so you can get some paperwork to take to another person (having taken a … Continue reading Chile first impressions

How to make a phone call in Chile

So we got to Chile alright. And we got the dogs. It took about three hours and a lot of shuttling of paperwork around between the Aduana, SAG and the freight company at the airport (and a trip to the pharmacy) but we did it. Getting a functioning SIM card was... different. Read on for … Continue reading How to make a phone call in Chile

We’ve done the hard part

Both of us have plenty of experience in moving house but I don't think anything could have prepared us for having the contents of the house packed up and shipped away. Having a marriage ceremony, a leaving party and then moving out of the house within five weeks was probably guaranteed to ramp up the … Continue reading We’ve done the hard part

Ready to go? Not quite…. 

We decided to get pet passports for Iris, Lily and Bluebell so that we have a record of all their vaccinations but it also means they are ready for Chile! It also means they have something to give to the dog customs officer as they make their way onto the plane at Heathrow.  We also … Continue reading Ready to go? Not quite…. 

Dogs day out in Snowshill

The other day we went to Snowshill in the Cotswolds to visit the lavender fields there. Unfortunately they didn't allow drones so we decided to give it a miss, or at least wait until more of the lavender was in bloom. We did go for a nice lunch at the local pub after the dogs … Continue reading Dogs day out in Snowshill

Goose

So a few days ago I thought it would be a good idea to buy a drone.  It was something that I have been thinking about after meeting an American guy called Caleb in Pucón whose videos were stunning (you can see some here).  We had planned to take a helicopter up the Cochamó Valley … Continue reading Goose

Stag weekend

Yes, legally we are married but as we were only engaged for 5 weeks and we are having a blessing service later, it was decided that a stag do would be a good idea. I've got no idea where I'm going but it will be fun to have a weekend away with friends wherever it … Continue reading Stag weekend

Patagonia is full of beautiful sights. H

Patagonia is full of beautiful sights. Hornopirén, on the Carretera Austral, gives its name to a new National Park and is surrounded with beautiful views of mountains, volcanoes, islands and the ocean. #patagonia #surdechile #hornopiren #sunset #cafeescalada http://ow.ly/i/ux1aa