Another Weird, Yet Wonderful Year

18 thoughts on “Another Weird, Yet Wonderful Year”

    1. I wish I could have added “Gerri and Turtle” to the list of people that will be coming to visit this year. Still keeping my fingers crossed. Sending you and your darling family all the best in 2022!!!

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  1. Wow this couldn’t have come at a better time. I needed a pick me up and am so excited for our trip in March. Have you spent anytime in Oeiras or Carcavelos? We are looking at international schools around there and Cascais but am really focused on an area that has a nice, walkable vibe. Fridays are always a bit sweeter when your posts land in my inbox.

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    1. What a wonderful message to receive! You just made my day. Thank you, Tina. Oeiras is a great town! You can find wonderful places with fabulous views of the water (it’s also becoming very desirable due to it’s close proximity to Lisbon). There is a fabulous public park there called Parque dos Poetas (Poets Park). You should definitely check it out. I wrote about it in my post called “Gardens, Poets, and Ruins.” Here’s a link if you haven’t seen it: https://fromportugalwithlove.blog/2020/08/28/gardens-poets-and-ruins/. Carcavelos is a wonderful beach town. I’m super excited for you and your family. I think you will love it here. Happy New Year!! 2022 is going to be BIG for you guys!!

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      1. Hi again and I wanted to thank you for your reply. I did miss that post and that park looks wonderful. I’ve been going back through your posts to find Marta’s contact information but am not having any luck. If you have the time I would greatly appreciate any recommendations for real estate agents to contact to show us some properties when we do our scouting trip. Thank you very much Beth.

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      2. Hi! Nice to hear from you again. I highly recommend Camilla Kirsch of Housesmart. I think she would be a great fit for you. She’s very familiar with this area and I think you would really enjoy working with her. I will email you directly and connect the two of you.

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  2. I lived vicariously through your fabulous blogs and our regular conversations this year, Now reading your recap, I see that we really got around and didn’t let the restrictions and mishaps deter us from the joy of exploration and the need for blog content. Looking forword to riding along with you this coming year. Fun adventures await. 💞

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    1. Deb, you are such a sweetheart. Always thoughtful, always positive, always generous and always kind. You are what a aspire to be. I’m so happy you are enjoying my posts and I love our bi-weekly zoom calls with K, L, and M. If the pandemic did one good thing, it was bringing us all back together through those regular calls. I hope 2022 is a year of continued discovery, learning, adventure, happiness, and most importantly good health for you and Joe. 💞 <–sending it right back to you!!

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  3. I just love reading your posts, and this one is another gem! I love seeing your photos of places I’ve been, and new places for me to discover when I move there. Despite the pandemic, you managed to have a year of discovery and wonderful memory-making. Happy 2022 to you both! 🥂💫

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind and generous note. I’m so happy you are enjoying my posts – it truly does inspire me to keep going! The hardest part of the process to get to Portugal was the time before we arrived, but we filled it with dreaming and planning. It didn’t disappoint once we got here and I’m sure it will be the same for you. 2022 is going to be a BIG year for you!! Waahoo!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Julia. Let’s get that video chat scheduled. Miss you guys like mad. I’m keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that 2022 will finally be the year you come to visit. Sending loads of love and hugs.

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  4. Hello Beth,
    Wishing you and Won a Happy New Year! Another great post! What a great reflection of the nice trips you took…

    Related to your car import, I can share some of our experience in bringing a car from the US and what a full-time job it was in dealing with the paperwork and the local authorities. One office which processed our paperwork in Lisbon suddenly requested a photo of the vin number despite us having already submitted loads of paperwork from the manufacturer and other related paperwork listing the car’s vin number. We did not have access to the car because it was shipped to Porto (Lisbon was on strike apparently) and was still held in customs. However, we were told in order for the car to be cleared they needed a picture of the vin (opening the door of the car and taking a camera picture of the vin). Obviously, we could not get a picture and surprisingly customs in Porto cleared the car without it. We originally received a list of the requirements before we shipped the car and the picture was not part of the requirement, which could have easily been done while still in the US. We found that the requirements change in the process and found this to be somewhat typical in dealing with Portuguese bureaucracy. We also don’t have our new license plates yet and still need to find out what the situation is. Fortunately, we did have the document you had mentioned.

    Looking forward to getting some trips started in 2022 within Portugal and also visiting family in Europe. We are dealing with an ageing Shih Tzu who is going through some health issues (yes, we are full time dog caregivers right now), and this, besides lockdown, held us back from exploring. By the way – we share the same dentist! I originally visited another dentist office in Cascais (not revealing the name here) and decided to run. Alinea is closer to my home anyway… I hope to meet you in person soon! Take care and stay healthy!

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    1. Sounds like our situations are very similar! Would enjoy the chance to meet up. Hopefully, after this new variant is tamped down, we can put a date and time on the calendar. Happy New Year!!

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