A Light at the End of the Tunnel

8 thoughts on “A Light at the End of the Tunnel”

    1. HA!! Thanks! Unfortunately, the plates have to be returned to NJ. Otherwise, we could be fined and our information be added to a database preventing us from ever getting a driver’s license in NJ again. While it is unlikely we’d do that, we’re going to play it safe and send them back anyway. I’ll take pictures for posterity’s sake. 👍😁❤️


  1. Just a note to say how much this person who does not know you (Marchele Hardin recommended) is enjoying your posts and appreciating the flashes of lol humor.


    1. Hi Cassandra! It was so kind of Marchele to share my blog with you. I’m delighted to know you are enjoying it (and that you get my sense of humor…!). Hopefully, we will be able to meet in person some day. Until then, I hope we can stay in touch via my blog. Take good care.


  2. Hi Beth,
    Love the photos associated with the process. So buying a car in Portugal perhaps might cost the same as importing a car, given all the modifications, hassle and insurance costs? It also sounds if one buys a car locally, getting a local drivers license would also be simpler? Would buying a car in Europe but outside of Portugal be as much a hassle to register/license? What cars are popular there: VWs, BMWs, Peugeot, Renault?
    Enjoying all the details and so impressed with your patience.


    1. Hi Leslie, all the brands you listed are very popular here including Mercedes, Nissan, Citroën and Fiat. Even if you buy a car in another EU country, you still have to pay the exorbitant customs tax, so unless you get it for a steal, it’s better to buy one here. As for your driver’s license question; I don’t think the process would be any different if you bought locally or imported from inside or outside the EU. For us, the Portuguese Consulate prepared a document prior to our departure from the US, that is allowing us to literally swap out our US license for a Portuguese license without having to take a driver’s test (which is all in Portuguese). I’ll be covering those details in a future post (I am in the middle of the process now). I’m delighted you are enjoying the imagery I’m including. There are times when I feel like I need more than words to convey a specific reaction at times. LOL!! I hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy.


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