Welcome to Moving to Portugal!
This blog has been around since 2009, in the run up to when we began our life in the sun. It may help you to learn some background about how we started our adventure, so I have compiled this list of key moments and popular posts to ease your journey through the site.
Thinking of Moving to Portugal?
If you are planning a move of your own – it may help to begin with some practicalites – I recommend these posts!
Finding Work in Portugal – Investigating the employment situation in Portugal
Portugal Web Directory – A huge list of sites that have helped us.
Our Journey to Life in Portugal
Before we Arrived in the Algarve:
So Why Portugal? – exploring why we chose Portugal
Broken Britain – An angry rant from before I left London (was I really so angry all the time?)
Early Days in Tavira:
The First Day, and the night before – Our first 24 hours in our new country
Cultural Differences – Our initial learning experiences
The Weather Outside is Frightful – When our honeymoon period ended and things got difficult
Moving Swiftly On – Moving to our new modern apartment
Learning Portuguese – Our first attempts to learn how to speak Portuguese
My Wife’s View – My wife’s take on her new life in Portugal
Red Tape Rant – Bureaucratic Frustrations
Once you reach this stage in our blog, you may be beginning to think about a move of your own! While you’re finding your feet, you’ll need a base, so it’s a wise idea to compare the price of hotel accommodation on a site like Trivago.
Life in Portugal
Six Month Review – A report of our first six months in the Algarve
Positive Life Changes – Some of the good things about life in Portugal
Getting Residency – A less good thing about Portugal, and a MUST read
Anyone truly serious about a move to Portugal should be researching obsessively! The following books are titles we found extremely helpful:
You may also be interested in my book on Moving to Portugal which contains a narrative from my wife on our first couple of years, as well as a host of useful information, much of which is not available anywhere else:
US readers can find it at Amazon.com