I’m a writer, ex-English teacher and sometime gig/event organiser, currently living in Barcelona where I work for Metropolitan magazine.  After spending a year in Santiago de Chile, I now speak a strange mix of Spanish and Chilean (believe me, they’re two different languages) and crave cazuela de ave.

This is a mixture of published articles, travel blogs and musings from Chile, England and Barcelona. Feel free to dive on in.

17 responses to “About

  1. franzisko

    Two thumbs up!!!!

  2. rodrigo

    great articles natasha!!
    cya soon.

  3. Hey Natasha, my name is Brian Caruso. I have been thoroughly reading and going through your articles about your travel around the world. It sounds and looks amazing! Me being a travel buff as well, I found this website that allows users to document our travels through online journals, digital mapping, and guidebooks. It is so cool to see where others have gone and what they have seen – it really sends that bug to get up and go right back into me. It’s call http://www.sosauce.com. If you get a chance check it out, and check my profile out. I am sure you won’t be disappointed. Stay well, be happy, and keep smiling. Thanks

  4. Marian


    What originally began as a search for live music venues in Santiago became an hour and a half of stalking your blogs. Although I didn’t necessarily find what I was looking for, I did happen to learn more about Santiago and your take on Chile (the verdict is still out on whether you are inherently sardonic or just haven’t found anything to like about this silly country).

    My question for you:
    Do you know of any places in Santiago that foster talented musicians who want to jam or meet others like them? More queries spring to mind; mercifully I will spare you the wall clutter.

    I have enjoyed reading the blogs and find your observations to be quite on the money. No doubt we shall soon be reading an entry on the perils of pickpockets.

    Enjoy the Spring, cheers.

    • youngnatasha

      @ Marian,

      Thanks for the comments.

      There are lots of things I like about this silly country. Have a gander at ‘My 10 favourite places in Santiago’ and ‘Home’.

      I’ve just written about indie music venues for Revolver magazine (www.revolver-magazine.cl)… but can’t think of any places that do jams off the top of my head. Have you had a look at http://www.saborizante.cl ? Bar Loreto? I’ll have a think and if I hear of anything, I’ll let you know!

  5. Marian

    Sardonic it is, then 😉

    Thank you for the response and suggestions, I look forward to whatever you find. I really enjoyed Revolver magazine, there is a plethora of great on that site!

  6. ses

    hey ey natasha 🙂

    it was really time to visit your page. Maybe you remember me, I was the german backpacker in jardin de sol hostel.
    I think you should remember at least our “the verve” discussion??? 😉

    I’m back in my “normal” life for two weeks now and I am getting frustrated when I remember how good the time in Chile was…

    Stay safe and best greetings to the south of our world

  7. Fabiola

    Hi from Arequipa
    I read the article of your visit to my city and I agree with the taxis, not they all are equal but the majority if.
    I hope that you have taken a good impression of the city to you, wait for it.


  8. Andrew Halliwell

    Hi Natasha,

    I enjoyed reading your well-written travel accounts – reminded me of some stuff I did a few years ago.

    I see you haven’t blogged for a while, but I’m guessing you’re back in Chile now. I’m a British winemaker, about to start work in Maule. I’ve been in Santiago 3 weeks, enjoying the weather and city life after a stint in cute-but-dull Rioja.

    I’m guessing you’re from Manchester? I’m from Rochdale. Would you care to meet up for a drink over the next few days (I’ll buy).


  9. Natasha-

    I’m having a problem responding to you via Matador, but I just wanted to say that you were one of the people I had in mind when I wrote that piece on Pulse, so I’m really glad to know you’re okay. Thanks for taking the time to share how you’re feeling and to tell some of the stories of what your friends in Chile experienced.


  10. Hi Natasha, I just read the article about dogs in Melipilla.
    I would like to invite you at the 3rd day of canine adoption in Plaza Ñuñoa. Me and a group we are volunteers at the Center of Rescue of Dog in Ñuñoa. I think is good to share this kind of activities because as you know, Chile has a very big problem about the possession responsible for domestic animals, especially with the dogs. This Center of Rescue was inaugurated in October of 2009 and it finances with municipal resources. It is first of this type and is a good example to follow, although there are things that to improve as always.
    In this place, euthanasia does not practice, this is a difference with other municipal enclosures. The day will be realised Sunday 4 of April, between 9 and 14 hours, in Ñuñoa Place. Hopefully you can go and help us also to spread the activity. This is our blog: http://www.crcvoluntarios.wordpress.com
    Good luck!

    • youngnatasha

      Carolina, I’m no longer in Santiago but hope you had a great day and that lots of dogs found new homes. Keep up the good work!

  11. Hi,

    You got a really interesting blog.
    Travelling is one of thew best things one can do.
    That’s what I’m gonna do all the time when I get filthy rich 🙂

    Kind regards,

    José (Lisbon)

  12. Hi Natasha,

    I’m travelling to Arequipa to volunteer for about a month in June/July this year and was wondering if you might put me in touch with your musician “Couchsurfer” friend?

    I can provide references!

    PS: nice “collection of articles” 😉


    • youngnatasha

      Hi Anna,
      Thanks for your comment. Just join up on Couchsurfing (www.couchsurfing.org) and fill out your profile if you haven’t already. You’ll find Marco listed on the first page of Arequipa Csers. Have a wonderful time. It’s a great town!

  13. onetravel


    This is a wonderful blog! It was a very good read.

    I was wondering if you would be interested in guest blogging on my blog. It is a collection of my travels and the travels of my guests. If you scan the site you can see that now almost 100% of the posts are from guests. Lately I’ve been finding many people interested in guest posting.

    The blog receives about 2000 visitors a day and that number is steadily growing.

    So if you are interested in being a guest, please let me know.

    Send me an Email:

    Thank you,

    Warm Regards,
    George Christodoulou
    Travel Blogger | OneTravel

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