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Seasonally Affected in Portugal

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Ben Algarve

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted on Moving to Portugal. I shall be honest and say it’s because I’ve not really found an awful lot to write about.

Until this week, the weather has been decidedly dull, and the simple fact of the matter is that there really isn’t that much to do in the Algarve when the weather is poor. We don’t have cosy country pubs with log fires, or Cafe Neros with big sofas (although we do have far better coffee).

Algarve Weather - nothing to write home about

Algarve Weather – nothing to write home about

With a heavily pregnant wife, choices are restricted further. The popular expat option of steadily drinking until the weather improves is certainly off the table!

Thankfully, the sun has returned this week, and just in the nick of time as I was beginning to feel decidedly down in the dumps. Despite plenty of work AND keeping up to date with my degree course, I was still saying “I’m BORED” like a sulky teenager at least a couple of times each week.

As soon as the sun came out, my mood was transformed. It’s not as if it’s suddenly spring, as the temperatures are struggling to rise much higher than about 15 degrees, but it’s still been enough to encourage me to get out and walk again. On Sunday, I even managed to sit outside and read in a T-shirt – in the suntrap of my balcony it actually felt warm.

Last night, Louise gently reminded me that it’s just 11 weeks until our baby is due. I’ve never known time to both drag and fly in such a contradictory way, but having spoken to other recent parents it seems it’s actually quite normal. Apparently in about 6 months time we will give anything to feel “bored” again.

On the subject of boredom, it’s actually a rather common state of mind amongst expats right now. A couple of weeks ago, there were some satellite changes, resulting in the loss of BBC and ITV channels. Currently, thousands of expats are scrabbling around trying to find ways to get Eastenders back.

UK TV Gone in Portugal

UK TV Gone in Portugal

To be frank, I find it all a bit depressing. When you see how mobilised a group of people can become about a topic, you can’t help but wonder how much GOOD such collective motivation could do if it were pointed at a worthy cause. Sadly, however, that’s not the world we live in. The government raise taxes to pay for their own mistakes? Nobody really minds that much. Huge scandals are uncovered? Nobody makes more than a passing comment…

But take Jeremy Kyle away…well SOMETHING MUST BE DONE! What strange priorities we have.

I do feel for elderly people out here. UK TV was a lifeline for them, and few of the alternative solutions are as easy to use as a Sky box. However, UK TV is not a right for anyone living in Portugal, and was never being offered as a legitimate service anyway. Portugal has TV too, and if a few more people watch it they might start to learn the language of the country they’ve chosen to live in.

I did write an article some time ago about an easy way to get UK TV in Portugal. Here is a link to it.

Having read all that back, I am conscious that it sounds a bit ranty, so I obviously haven’t had quite enough sunshine yet. I will do my best to get more cheerful before I post again!

Whenever you're ready summer

Whenever you’re ready summer

Just before I go, I’ve noticed that this in the 200th post on Moving to Portugal. Working on an average length of 750 words, that means we’ve now written 150,000 words – a good few books worth! If you’ve yet to read Moving to Portugal: The Book, which contains plenty of unique content, please check it out below. If you’re one of the people missing UK TV, it will keep you busy for a few hours 😉

Moving to Portugal: How a young couple started a new life in the sun – and how you could do the same
US Readers will find it here.

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8 to “Seasonally Affected in Portugal”

  1. jpduck says:

    Congratulations on your 200th post! It really doesn’t seem that long – please keep them coming.
    The sun certainly makes me feel better, I was also starting to feel a bit down. However, thinking what they are going through in the UK did make me appreciate living here, even without the sun.

  2. Sarah says:

    Losing UK TV is probably a good thing really, it makes you realise that you are actually somewhere else!!

  3. saz says:

    Wow 200 posts. Well done. Glad the weather has taken a turn for the better – its not so bad here in london today, but methinks more rain is forecast for the weekend. Yay. I totally agree with the randomness of peoples priorities in life. When we hopefully come out to Portugal on a more permanent basis, top of the list of things to do certainly wont be how to access UK TV. By the way, I did post a reply to the post previous to this, listing things that had made me happy that day, but had trouble with the old captcha code again and lost it. Fingers crossed this time

  4. Ben Algarve says:

    Thanks jpduck,

    I can’t believe we’ve got to 200 posts already! It’s nice to see the sun shining over the Algarve this morning as well 🙂

    Best wishes, Lou

  5. Ben Algarve says:

    Very true, Sarah – I can’t say that it is something we will miss!

    Best wishes, Lou

  6. Ben Algarve says:

    Hi Saz,

    Sorry you had trouble with posting your last reply – good to receive this one 🙂

    The UK really does seem to have had such an awful winter this year. Hopefully the rain will hold off so that you can enjoy the weekend!

    Best wishes, Lou

  7. Alice says:

    Hey there – I just caught up for the first time in ages and just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS on the imminent birth! You certainly won’t be bored again, for sure 😉

  8. Ben Algarve says:

    Thank you Alice,

    We have such an exciting time ahead – and just a couple more months to wait now!

    Best wishes,

    Lou 🙂



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