The 9 Best Cafés in Barrio Italia, Santiago

Lucy Pierce – The 9 Best Cafés in Barrio Italia, Santiago Barrio Italia attracts foodies and design enthusiasts alike. A hidden gem, this neighborhood boasts plenty of independent shops and cafés within its charming arcades. The area has a lazy Sunday-like feel every day of the week, with Avenida Italia, the main artery of the barrio…

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Peru’s Huacachina

 Lucy Pierce: 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Peru’s Huacachina Found amongst the rolling sand dunes of Peru is the little settlement of Huacachina, which is centred around an oasis and towering palm trees. Back in the 1960s, it was thought that bathing in the water had healing powers, and it became a very popular destination with…

The Top 8 Markets in Chile

 Lucy Pierce: The Top 8 Markets in Chile If you want to do some market shopping while in Chile, you’re in luck. Fresh produce overflows at the farmers’ markets here, showcasing local specimens such as chirimoya (custard apple), tuna (prickly pear) and lúcuma (native Andean fruit), while you can shop for leathers, alpaca wool and wooden crafts…

11 Reasons Why Santiago Should Be Your Next Vacation Destination

Lucy Pierce : 11 Reasons Why Santiago Should Be Your Next Vacation Destination Chile‘s capital Santiago doesn’t get half the attention it deserves when compared to neighbouring Argentina’s Buenos Aires or Brazil‘s party haven of Rio de Janeiro. However, with the towering peaks of the Andes, the indigenous culture and many valleys boasting some of the the world’s…

Where to Stay in New Orleans

Where to Stay in NEW ORLEANS NEW ORLEANS AT A GLANCE New Orleans, also known as ‘The Big Easy’ or ‘NOLA’ is the birthplace of Jazz music, renowned for its cuisine, in particular the seafood, Creole and Cajun specialities, as well as the Mardi Gras celebrations, which date back to the French colonial times when…

An Interview With Rosemary Dream

An Interview With Rosemary Dream – Lucy Pierce Rosemary Dream has long been on the lips of many backpackers around South America. The community in Brazil was created by fellow friends and travellers, Yaniv Charlap, Yotam Elmakais and Cormoran Lee, who fell in love with the magical island that is Florianópolis. This special spot nestled in the…

A Gluten-Free Guide to Santiago

A Gluten-Free Guide to Santiago  – Lucy Pierce For those with sensitive stomachs, travelling can lose some of its spontaneity if dietary requirements aren’t easily met. Thankfully for those in Chile, Santiago is a lot better equipped than most cities in South America, with a number of gluten-free options including the ever-present local favourite quinoa. If you’re…

18 Chilean Slang Phrases You’ll Need on Your Trip

18 Chilean Slang Phrases You’ll Need on Your Trip–   Lucy Pierce Chilean Spanish can be enough to throw any fluent Spanish speaker off, with the lack of pronunciation of ‘s’ in phrases such as mas o menos (“more or less”), becoming “mah-o-meno.” Changing grammatical rules such as not using vosotros(“you” plural) and replacing it with ustedes (usually “they,” now “you” plural as well) and…

The Best Way to Ski in Chile on a Budget

The Best Way to Ski in Chile on a Budget  –  Lucy Pierce Chile is known for some of the best skiing in the southern hemisphere, thanks to the Andes providing guaranteed snow during the winter months. The season here runs between June and October, with the three valleys – Valle Nevado, El Colorado and La Parva – renowned as the largest…

Where to Stay in Cape Town

Where to Stay in CAPE TOWN CAPE TOWN AT A GLANCE Living in Cape Town, or the ‘Mother City’, can be a dream come true for everyone. Whether you’re an avid traveler looking for the perfect vacation, or you’d like to settle in Cape Town for a bit longer, the city has a diverse range…

13 Customs Only Chileans Can Understand

13 Customs Only Chileans Can Understand – Lucy Pierce Pay a trip Chile and you’ll be welcomed with open arms. As a traveller you’re bound to come into contact with one or more of Chilean mannerisms, traditions or customs that can leave you absolutely gobsmacked, confused or in plain disbelief! Here are a few pointers that may help you familiarise yourself… You’ll hear…

Where to stay in Berlin

Where to stay in Berlin BERLIN AT A GLANCE While once scarred by its rather depressing history, Berlin has recently experienced a renaissance in creativity and culture. With the rise of start-ups, multiculturalism, and creative flair, the city has become a world-class destination while still maintaining its edgy side. Kreuzberg is the core of this…