Random Musings, 2nd Edition

12 thoughts on “Random Musings, 2nd Edition”

  1. Good stuff! In fact I’m surprised it took you so long to injure yourself! 🙂 BTW, some of your images didn’t come through properly…


    1. I was thinking of you the entire time I was writing that first paragraph because I KNEW what you were thinking!!! LOL!! I’ve fixed the problem with the images. Hope all is well!! Take care.


  2. I smashed my toe into the stairs a few weeks ago- nothing more frustrating than not being able to walk properly! Get better soon!


  3. Beth,
    Beautiful photos- even the raw orange-y egg yolks! Fascinated by the lovely moss covered structures you posted. I know what you mean about the cryptic icons on the appliances. We could only get one burner to work on the stove in our rental apartment in Porto during our 1 week stay. Wishing you heal quickly from your injury.
    Re-reading your early postings, had you ever visited Portugal prior to moving there? Our plan to rent an apartment this fall in Malaga, Spain and explore whether we’d like to live there part time has been postponed until 2021, at least. Did you & Won consider other locations and what prompted you to totally leave/move full time? If you prefer to answer me directly via email that’s fine.
    Keep posting – love reading all about your experiences!


    1. Thank you so much for your kind note, Leslie. The moss-covered structures you mentioned were from an exploratory trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, which we just visited on Monday of this week, and it the focus of my latest blog post. It was an AMAZING place! Won and I had only visited Portugal once before making the decision to move here. I cover our background and reasoning in Brave or Bonkers, my very first post. (By the way, I have added links to all my blog posts to the bottom of the home page of my site so its easier to access.) It was a trip to Spain in 2018 that got us thinking about moving there. If you read that and have more questions, don’t hesitate to let me know.


  4. Beth,
    Yes,I did re-read your Brave or Bonkers post again. I was just wondering how/why you decided to relocate out from the USA? Expats have a multitude of reasons: adventure, wander lust, bucket list, affinity for a certain country/culture, weather, wanting a change from USA, cost of living/health care, changes in current USA, etc. We also considered South America, but want someplace with personal & financial security/consistency. I don’t think we’d ever entirely give up some residency in the USA, unless there’s a strong financial incentive to do so! 🙂


    1. To be honest, we simply want an adventure before we have to really settle down. My husband fell in love with San Sebastian, Spain so that became our initial focus, but the tax situation wasn’t optimal. We had never considered Portugal, but loved it once we visited and did our research (food, cost of living, weather, safety, culture, ease of travel back to the US and to all parts of Europe, etc.). It all fell into place and we could not be happier. Are future plans are not set in stone at this point. We know we can live here for up to 10 years on a non-habitual residency visa. I can easily see us here for the foreseeable future, but we remain flexible. Hope that helps! If you end up in Malaga, let us know. We’ll drive down to see you. Or, we could meet up in Tavira. It’s one of the most charming towns in Portugal…and that’s saying a lot!


  5. I truly look forward to your updates, they always bring a smile to my face and have moved Portugal up on our bucket list! So sorry to hear about your toe though, and hope it is healing quickly so you can restart your training for the Lisbon Marathon!:) Continue to enjoy your adventures of a lifetime. xo


    1. Thanks, Mindy! I’m so happy you are enjoying my blog and that it is making you smile. AND! That my posts have piqued your interest in Portugal. Wouldn’t it be fun to sip a wine while overlooking a great view and have a fun catch up session? I’d love it. BTW, my toe is completely healed. I broke it 7 weeks ago today (June 25). There wasn’t much I could do when it happened anyway so I just buddy-taped it to the next toe and got on with life (marathon notwithstanding…LOL!). I’m loving the pictures you are posting on IG of you DARLING grandson, Wills. OMG. He’s precious! Give my best to Stephen and I’m hoping that once it is safe to travel again, you guys will add Portugal to your list of places to visit. Until then, let’s be sure to stay in touch!


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