Cabo da Roca – The Very Edge of Europe

With a bonus hike over the hill to see Praia da Ursa… Won, Sweet Pea and I have been good citizens by staying within the boundaries of our town in order to comply with confinement restrictions to help reduce the spread of the virus. Our sacrifices, and those of the rest of the population, haveContinue reading “Cabo da Roca – The Very Edge of Europe”

Are You Moving to Portugal?

Here is some helpful advice… Over the last year or so, my blogs have offered periodic advice and helpful tips incorporated into stories based on our experiences moving to Portugal. Now that we’ve been here for over a year, I thought it might be a good time to consolidate that advice and include some newContinue reading “Are You Moving to Portugal?”

Our Local Beach – Praia do Tamariz

It’s finally open again!! Well, kind of… During the most recent confinement related to the pandemic, all the beaches and paredãos (wide pedestrian seawalls, also called esplanades, that run along the waterfront) have been closed to the public. This has been a real bummer because the paredãos are great places to walk, jog, and bike.Continue reading “Our Local Beach – Praia do Tamariz”

Why Portugal?

We get this question a lot… Won’s allergies have really kicked into high gear this year and he’s been completely miserable. [I realize that may seem like a non sequitur opening compared to the title of this post, but hang in there, I promise it will make sense shortly.] Last year his allergies didn’t seemContinue reading “Why Portugal?”

A Much-Needed Shot in the Arm

So, what is the vaccination plan and how is it going in Portugal? If you have already received a vaccination shot- or better yet, two – congratulations!! The rest of us are hoping to do the same as soon as possible. It will be a relief to start reversing the mental, physical, and economic damageContinue reading “A Much-Needed Shot in the Arm”

Moving to Another Country During a Pandemic

Not surprisingly it adds another layer of difficulty… Anyone who has ever moved as an adult knows how disruptive it can be. In addition to unpacking, you also have to find a new doctor, dentist and dry cleaner. Find and memorize a new grocery store and optimal traffic route to work/school. Rearrange your kitchen sixContinue reading “Moving to Another Country During a Pandemic”

I’ll Try the Red

Learning about Portuguese wine has been overwhelming, but fun! Back in 2009/2010 I worked for a company called Vinfolio. If you appreciate, purchase, enjoy and/or collect fine wine, you should check them out. When I joined Vinfolio they offered three primary services, 1) a cellarage operation, 2) online store, and 3) Vincellar, a free cellarContinue reading “I’ll Try the Red”

Another Reason to Smile

It was time to see the dentist… Last October when we were in Porto I managed to chip a previously repaired front tooth. I didn’t even realize it at the time (and neither did Won, which makes me wonder if he’s ever really looking at me, but that would pull me off topic). In fairness,Continue reading “Another Reason to Smile”

Our Average Monthly Expenses

Thought you might find it interesting to see what it costs us to live here… Before you jump ahead and take a peek at our average monthly expenses, I think it is important to state that these expenses reflect our lifestyle choices and preferences. We are both retired and have no dependent children, only SweetContinue reading “Our Average Monthly Expenses”