Year: 2010

Economy of Portugal & the General Strike

Whenever I speak to friends and relatives in the UK at the moment, I am asked about the Portugal economy. Usually what is said is something along the lines of “oooh, isn’t Portugal in trouble at the moment?” Given that Portugal is staging a nationwide general strike today, I thought it appropriate to add a…

Portugal – A Review of the Year

To conclude my retrospective look at our first exciting year in Portugal, here, as promised in my last posts are our high points and respective low points of our first year in the Algarve. THE HIGHS 1. Sharing our new home with friends and family – some of our happiest times here to date have…

A Year In Portugal (nearly)

It’s hard to believe that in just ten days time we will have been living in Portugal for a year. The time has flown past in a wonderful whirlwind of barbecues, wine and seemingly endless Easyjet flights to and from the UK for work trips. A year on, I can genuinely say we have no…

Cost of Living in Portugal

This is the first in a series of two articles exploring the real cost of living in Portugal. A couple of weeks ago, a reader of the blog asked me to write a post going into detail about the living costs in Portugal. Given that the questions most frequently asked on the expat forums tend…