Month: March 2013

How to Speak Portuguese – Lou’s Ten Portuguese Language Cheats

Life in Portugal can be tricky enough when you’re trying to negotiate the endless paperwork or identify strange looking cuts of meat in the butcher’s, let alone when you try and work out how to speak Portuguese. The difficulty with learning Portuguese is that what you say and hear doesn’t seem to correspond much with…

Ben’s Portugal Blog Update

It’s been quite a weekend for us here in Portugal. It started on Friday with a visit to our accountant. This is an annual meeting, which reveals the provisional figure for our tax bill. Suffice to say the news wasn’t good. We have a gargantuan bill to pay in the summer and sadly, due to…

Top Five Algarve Beaches

The climate in Portugal at this time of year is unpredictable – there was even a mini tornado in the local town of Cabanas last week that damaged boardwalk sunshades and sent tables flying. Last week’s rain and strong winds have left me yearning for the sunshine so that we can get back out to…

Winter Life in Portugal – Rainy Days and Mondays

Life in Portugal doesn’t always involve sitting on the beach and drinking cocktails, although of course I do try to do that as often as possible (it’s Lou here today, by the way). This week, with high winds and torrential rain, we have hibernated indoors with the heating on full blast. The miserable weather has…