After I posted Home Sweet Home I received multiple messages asking me to share pictures of our new apartment. I thought I’d go one step further and include pictures of our neighborhood and town too. To start, we live in Monte Estoril. I have embedded a navigable Google map below to help you place where … Continue reading Settling In, a Pictorial Update
Like many in the United States, I was convinced that while healthcare costs were outrageously high, the care was the best in the world. I believed that to justify the cost. I was lucky to have access to really good healthcare plans through all my former employers, most recently Johnson & Johnson. When I left … Continue reading Quality and Cost of Healthcare
Sooooo, we thought we would have the car by Friday, February 14. Here it was Valentine’s Day and Portuguese Customs was showing us no love. I had received an email from Gustavo at Galamos, the import services company, letting me know that Customs was rejecting three of the documents that had been submitted. The reason? … Continue reading Holy Ship! – Epilogue
You don’t know what you don’t know. As mentioned in my post To Bring Or Not To Bring, That Is The Question, we decided to ship our car, a 2017 BMW 330ix. We went back and forth for weeks trying to determine if we should bring it at all and once we made that decision … Continue reading Holy Ship!
Our tiny AirBnB cottage was just what we needed while we searched for an apartment to rent. It was set on a piece of property about 30 minutes outside Lisbon and nestled in a little valley with small plots of land where people grew their vegetables and fruits. Upon arrival we were not only greeted … Continue reading Home Sweet Home
Well…we did it. We are here in Portugal snuggled into our tiny little AirBnB cottage. It happens to be a rainy, blustery day, perfect for taking some time to reflect on our recent travel experience. For those of you on Facebook this update will include some information I have already posted there. Apologies for the … Continue reading Stay Calm and Carry On
How’s that for a little alliteration… First, some stats on Sweet Pea. She’s an 11 year old wire haired fox terrier. We got her when she was 3.5 months old. Wire haired fox terriers typically live to be 15 years old, sometimes a little less, sometimes a bit longer. She weighs 17.5 pounds. And, she … Continue reading Planning and Prepping to Bring Our Precious Pooch
Back in August of 2019, the realization that we had sold our 4000 square foot house with a nearly 2000 square foot finished basement (372 square meters/186 square meters) was setting in. Now we had to figure out what to do with all of our stuff. Glibly, I said that I’d be happy to sell … Continue reading To Bring Or Not To Bring, That Is The Question
Handling unexpected curve balls when moving out of the country is par for the course. As mentioned in my last blog post, we had just returned from a trip to Europe, which included our first visit to Lisbon. The week we got back we put our house on the market, accepted a full price offer … Continue reading We Need What?!
How the hell did we get to this point???? Let me start by saying that moving to another country is a lot easier said than done, especially if you are doing it all on your own (i.e. without the help and support of an army of corporate relocation experts and resources). It sounds very romantic … Continue reading Brave or Bonkers?