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Go to Portugal

Deciding to leave America was a lot easier than deciding where to go. “Go to Portugal” presents my ideal country and just how Portugal measures up! If Portugal is at the top of your list of travel destinations or if you already have experience living/

Updated: 2018-02-23T12:22:46.187+00:00


Decriminalization of All Illicit Drugs


Portugal is a nation plagued by many of the drug problems that persist in Europe. Unlike many of its neighbors who have witnessed a reduction or stabilization in the opiate addict population, Portugal's addict population and the problems that go along with addiction continue to increase. In an effort to reduce the number of addicts in the prison system, the Portuguese government has an enacted some radical policies in the last few years with the eventual decriminalization of all illicit drugs in July of 2001.

Until July 1, 2001, drug use, possession, and acquisition in Portugal were punishable by penalties up to 3 months in prison or a fine for small quantities. For amounts that exceeded a three-day supply, the penalty was up to a year in prison or a fine. Then in April 2001 a Regulation Decree was adopted and led to the implementation of the November 2000 law, Law 30/2000. On July 1, 2001, Law 30/2000 took effect in Portugal, decriminalizing drug use, possession and acquisition for the "casual" user as well as the addict.

While drug use, possession, and acquisition are still illicit activities in Portugal, these acts have been decriminalized. Acts that could once bring a prison sentence of three months to a year will now result in the confiscation of the illicit substance and a referral, not to a trial, but to a three-person commission to evaluate the offender. Under this new law, non-addicts may receive monetary fines or other penalties, while addicts will only receive non-monetary penalties. The three-person commission will most likely consist of a lawyer, a doctor, and a social assistant to evaluate the individual's level of addiction and recommend treatment options with the goal of rehabilitating the offender. Administrative sanctions may be used, but are not the primary objective of this new law. This new law did not legalize drug use, but removed criminal penalties for use, possession, and acquisition for all illicit drugs in quantities up to a 10-day supply.

What a novel action! Actually making all drugs legal would actually be a boost for the public economy! but then that is a "novel" idea still waiting of stage in the wings. ;)

Personally, I do not thinking making all drugs legal would increase their use. What do you think about the changes in the law in Portugal? What do you think about my idea to legalize all "illicit" drugs?

Children and those dependent on other for food should be fed only nutritions, non-harmful fare...everyone else should be free to choose what they elect to put in their mouths and all other entry points.

Mariza in NYC


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Hey make sure to check out the two links in a post just a few underneath this one! It's pure music...Mariza make me want to sing. I really enjoyed listening to here. It was my first time. Can someone explaining to me if fado is a particular rhythm or musical structure. I got the part about the usual topics for a fado and the regionalism but she has so much variety in her selections...are the songs that I am hearing on these three links--the video and the tow websites that ALL fado?

Lisbon Easy Hostel


These are just the first page of comments! Seems to me that hostel is a very practical place to stay while one is getting grounded. Added Comments Jun 16 '07it really made my staying in lisbon easy.the only complaint i have is they couldn`t do anything about the weather! obrigadooooo! tim from greece Added Comments May 30 '07la meilleur auberge que j'ai connu, et j'en fait au moins une par mois !!! Added Comments May 5 '07This hostel was fantastic! Clean, in a great location and with friendly staff and an awesome atmosphere! Easy to find from the airport and the lift was an added bonus! Added Comments May 3 '07very nice place , very good beds ! sleept really good. sadly no home baked bread when i was there -... but still very nice breakfast. location is amazing.And the little trams-public transport in lisboa are so much fun, your greatly located for everything in this spot. thanks. Added Comments May 2 '07Easy Hostel in Lisbon is the best hostel I've stayed in so far. I definitely reccomend it to everyone!!! Added Comments Apr 27 '07Beuitful new place close to everything Added Comments Apr 24 '07top-notch this is the BEST hostel I ever stayed in, superb location, very secure, clean, good kitchen and fun - room and last but not least: great, nice, friendly and helpful staff. THANKYOU !!! annett Added Comments Apr 22 '07This was was cool, it all depends on the people you meet, however, the staff was awesome and came out with us and should us where to go. they even have a dvd room and ps2. so if u like fifa u r in luck! Added Comments Apr 17 '07This hostel was a real find, almost like a hotel. It was the cleanest and most modern hostel I've ever stayed in. It felt really comforatable and is right in the centre of town. I really appreciated how helpful the staff were too, storing our surf board securely at the last minute. A sttrong recommendation for this one I think! Added Comments Apr 14 '07I enjoy my few days in Lisboa, I hope to come longer another time. The easy hostel is very clean comparatively than the others I've made. Happy birthday! Cordially, Béatrice Marchand ca-pub-406266526053634[...]



Her official website opens with a soft and sweet song. Visit and enjoy! Female vocalists--what a wonderful entree for me to learn Portuguese. I still don't "get it." There is so much variety in what she sings. Can it all be "fado?"
Mariza (another site, more wonderful music)

Portugal, One of the Best Destinations in Europe


Portugal is a country on the south-western Europe. Located on the west part of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal occupies an area of 92,152 km2. It is bordered by Spain on the east and north and by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and south.The Portuguese territory is divided in three parts: the mainland, the autonomous region of Madeira and Azores which have their own administration.

The mainland is divided into 18 administrative district : Viana do Castelo, Vila Real, Bragança, Braga, Porto, Aveiro, Viseu, Guarda, Coimbra, Castelo Branco, Leiria, Santarém, Portalegre, Lisbon, Setúbal, Évora, Beja and Faro; the districts are divided into municipalities (311), which are subdivided into civil parishes.

The autonomous region of Azores is an archipelago of 9 islands, divided in three groups: the western, the central and the eastern. The islands of Flores and Corvo are part of the western group, the islands of S. Jorge, Terceira, Faial and Pico are part of the central group and the islands of S. Miguel and Santa Maria are part of eastern group. The autonomous region of Madeira is an archipelago formed by the island of Madeira and Porto Santo.

The capital of Portugal is Lisbon. Other cities of more importance are Porto, Coimbra, Setúbal, Aveiro, Braga and Faro. The Portuguese terrain has several different forms. On the north of the Tejo river, it is very rough, with mountains, except the coast plain, and with an average height above 400 meters. These mountains are crossed by valleys and rivers.

On the south part of the Tejo river the terrain is formed by rolling plains, with low altitude, where the plains prevail. The highest mountains are located on the north of the Tejo river, and the most importants are Serra da Estrela (1991 m), Serra do Gerês (1508 m), Serra do Marão (1416 m), Serra do Montemuro (1381 m) and Serra do Caramulo (1075 m). On the south of the Tejo river, the most important mountains are Serra de São Mamede (1025 m), Serra do Monchique (902 m) and Serra do Caldeirão (577 m).

The rest of the Portuguese terrain is the coastline, which can be divided in three big set of plains: the Beira Litoral Plain formed by the alluvial plains of Vouga and Mondego, the Algarve Plain and the alluvial Plain of Tejo and Sado. The archipelagos of Azores and Madeira have theirs origins on volcanic activities and theirs terrains are very rough.

The coastline of Azores has a lot of cliffs and inside the islands the terrain is very mountainous. The highest mountain in Portugal is located inside the Pico island and it has 2351 meters. One characteristic of Madeira is that it has high mountains on the central part of the island.

The most important rivers are, from north to south of the mainland, the Minho, the Douro, the Tejo and the Guadiana all they rising in Spain and flowing to the Atlantic Ocean. Among the rivers whose course is Portuguese only, we have the Cávado, the Vouga, the Mondego, the Sado and Mira.

For more information about Portugal try visiting where you will find information on a variety of subjects relating to Portuguese people

Real Estate in Portugal


Portugal is a country with a rich seafaring community and it is situated on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula west of Spain. Portugal is situated in south Western Europe and looks out over the Atlantic Ocean. It has a number of islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Portugal's climate is influenced by the landmass of the Iberian Peninsula while simultaneously being a coastal country with weather affected by the sea.

There are a number of real estate agencies in Portugal that cooperate with a large number of real estate brokers and help people locate the kind of real estates they want. Whether individuals are looking for a retirement home in Portugal, a holiday home, golfing home or pure investment, Portugal has it all to offer and the real estate agencies and brokers ease the whole process of locating a real estate. These agencies and brokers are in a position to help individuals choose the best real estate from a large real estate selection that they can find in the Portuguese market. This is because they are experienced in the field of real estate and know the market very well. They are also aware of possible fluctuations in the real estate prices in Portugal. Real estate agencies and brokers in Portugal assist individuals in locating the desired property for the cheapest price.

Real estate agencies and brokers have a large date base from which individuals can select the type of real estate that they want in Portugal. Individuals can even opt to fill out a simple form and then the agencies will find the best and cheapest real estate according to the requirements individuals. These services are without any obligation and also free of cost.

It is generally more costly to purchase real estate in the coastal resorts of Portugal with the Algarve, in the South, being the most popular was it offers a large choice of purpose built complexes which constantly have a wide demand for holiday homes and rentals.

Portugal provides detailed information on Portugal, Map of Portugal, History Of Portugal, Real Estate In Portugal and more. Portugal is affiliated with Peru Tours.

Portugal Holds Presidency of European Union


EU Treaty (consolidation of recent changes), Brazil and Africa are being highlighted as priorities during the Portuguese tenure.

President Jose Socrates, "I think that the most important thing is to start the intergovernmental conference on the proposed treaty as quickly as possible. We will start it on the 23rd of this month and see if we can complete all the negotiation so the leaders can discuss the text at the next summit. And maybe even approve it!" said Socrates.

That all private EU households should have the right to choose between gas and electricty suppliers is a bit ludicrous given the fact that whether gas is renewable or not, it's certainly not renewable in the lifetimes of those that have gone befoe nor those that are t com in the foreseable future! It should be "all private EU oueholds should have the right to choose between electricity supplied thorugh renewalbe resources such as photovoltaics, wind turbine, water turbine (ocean waves, river/waterfall)

The goal should be that each household is self sufficient unto itself or each small neighborhood is self sufficient unto itself.

The World Factbook


The "World Factbook" published under the Central Intelligence Agency moniker is a staple just like Wikipedia. It's a pretty good reference and it's where I go first when I want to know about such things as visa requirements and length of stay allowed.

This is where I first came across the term Schengen. There is a confederation of countries that allow outsider tourists in for only up to 3 months at a time. So, if I were to go to Portugal and stay up to three months there, I would have to leave not only Portugal, but I would have to leave the Schengen confederation entirely. I could travel anywhere within Schengen but after the 3 month mark I would have to leave. I imagine that if I wanted to stay I would have to leave and go to Switzerland (if not yet implemented) or Morocco or somw other place not too far away where I could continue to function and learn and grow.



To be a WWOOFER host and to be a WOOFER guest-worker, these are two dream goals for my new year. This list gives you an excellent idea of the host participants in Portugal. For details including contact information visit WWOOF.There are WWOOF satellite organization in many many counties. Portugal does not have int's own WWOOF headquarters however there are over 60 "independent hosts" listed in the WWOOF Independent directory for Portugal. (see below--this is a straight copy/pasted from here)WWOOF IndependentsPreview list of WWOOF Independents Hosts for PORTUGALNumber of hosts for PORTUGAL = 61 Host ID : POR103 CfNa2AvKyPhTtWgLespDtnGbH6Y5M1Z6B3-5,10-113/4 ha smallholding growing veg. and olive trees in central Portugal. Help especially needed planting and clearing land in spring and picking olives at end Oct. No special skills needed, just energy and enthusiasm! At the moment (in May) we really need help planting out seedlings and weeding.Host ID : POR137 SfCiNa1ArvKaPhTtWgawtcbLegpDtGctbH5Y5M1B1 - 12Old farm close to a little village (8kms from the beach) 10ha of beautiful land. 2.5ha of arable fields and a vast hilly terrain with forest. There are about 60 fruit trees and a horse for ploughing (for riding also) There is always plenty of work on the farm - cleaning the forest, planting new trees, gardening, renovating and extending the buildings wherever possible with natural materials. I am 46 years old and have been living in Portugal for 21 years. My two kids (son born in 1994 and a daughter born in 2000) stay with me frequently. I am interested in spiritual/energy work and i perceive my present life as part of a bigger journey we are on. Anybody interested in these topics will find me eager to share experiences. NB: If I don´t answer the fixed phone for a few days, it´s probably because the line is down. Try the mobile!Host ID : POR087 CiNa1AcvKnPiTtWgwtbLepDtnsGctH4Y6M1Z3B1-7 10-12E8-95 peaceful hectares of woodland and meadow on the edge of a beautiful lake in S.W. Portugal is the setting for a new conservation and sustainable living project. Help with establishing organic vegetable and herb gardens, managing woodland, creating paths, dry stone walls, steps etc is needed from energetic and independent people.accomodation is a cosy caravan or camping in the woods or in a meadow by the stream. I am aiming to plant hundreds of trees during 2007, so need lots of help clearing the site, and digging holes. During April, and maybe again next Christmas, I hope to have a group of up to 20 'woofers' and volunteers here, which should be a lot of fun. contact me quickly if you want to take part.!Host ID : POR149 SgCfNa2c1AcKyPhTtWgtcbLefdpDtnGtbXsH6Y5M2Z4B2-10E11-1Green ½ ha in rural Central Portugal. Solar power, spring water, compost toilet. Help needed establishing permaculture gardens, renovating irrigation systems, rehabilitating plum and olive trees, stone-and-lime building work and much more. Prefer veggie/vegan, child-friendly WWOOFers who can handle rustic conditions (we have no house yet!) and feel inspired to help with making this smallholding as low-impact, self-sufficient and ecologically sustainable as possible. Get in touch for more information about current and future projects, details on how to get here, the local area, facilities etc.Host ID : POR098 CcNa7c2AcvKaPhTtfWgawtbLeDtnsGtH4Y5M1Z34+ Ha fertile land near the West coast of Alentejo, Portugal. Eco-neighborhood with 4+ families aiming to live sustainably. Typical work: Rebuilding earth 'taipa' houses, Recovering original water resource, Growing food. Interested in relearning traditional methods with appropriate new technology? Permaculture experience useful. Please contact 1 month in advance. Programme of Sustainability workshops and working holidays in 2006 PLUS August 2006 for the Portugal Eco-Villa[...]

Virtual Portugal



Another item from the sidebar. This site reminds me of what I imagine a Micheline, Lonely Planet or Let's Go guidebook would be like online. It's an okay way to see some pictures and read some text about various parts of Portugal. Check it out and let me know what you think. Are there other online guidebooks that you like? that you think are more useful? Let me know.

Tamera: Healing Biotope



Now Tamera is sporting a more polished looking website. I love it! It looks great and the user interface is much more friendly. The moment I saw it I smiled and glanced to te sidebar and saw,immediately a few items I wanted to explore.

The first one I went to, of course was: Solar Village. Naturally. ;)

DO visit their revamped site and explore for yourself. Let me know what gems YOU find there.




Wikipedia is being created simultaneously in several languages. It has become a very common reference for many active internet user in the US. I'm not sure how popular it is outside of the US.

Portugal is a signator of to the Schengen Agreement. Here are the other members (a copy and paste from Wikipedia)

* 14 June 1985 - Belgium, France, West Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands
* 3 October 1990 - (German reunification brings in the former East Germany)
* 27 November 1990 - Italy
* 25 June 1992 - Portugal, Spain
* 6 November 1992 - Greece
* 28 April 1995 - Austria
* 19 December 1996 - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, or the Nordic countries. Through the Nordic Council, they have an even more permissive agreement on internal movement of persons.
* 29 May 2000 - Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom (both countries limited membership only)
* 1 May 2004 - Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia
* 16 October 2004 - Switzerland (ratified by referendum on 5 June 2005)
* 1 January 2007 - Bulgaria, Romania

This is a map, that shows the members.The palest of colors are nations that are not members.(image)

Tasca da Elvira



When I am hungry I go to this site and look at the pictures, savor, then swallow. It helps. These recipes and photographs re THAT delicious. I can eat them without lifting a finger.

It may be written in French. Because I am familiar with a few languages when I read I sometimes don't remember what language I was reading in, particularly if I am storing in English.

Anyway if you are hungry drop by and feast!

TransPortgal Mountain Bike Race


This picture like all the others in this particular post comes from an album at SleepMonsters.comWhen I see pictures like these and glance at the ages of the participants I feel inspired.The race ends on Sunday 17 June. I'll publish the results as they become available to me.It looks like the terrain was pretty rough in spots and the weather at times challenging.I read about one person who had to stop due to a flat tire and then had to remove countless thorns form his tires, one by one, before continuing.The course spans Portugal however I haven't located a map of the race yet. It may indeed span the length--north to south--as I read somewhere on the net.From what I understand they bikers bike all day and bath and sleep at night along the way.It would be fabulous to have a guest house that could host all or part of this group.Yes, my place in Portugal will be very close to some marvelous thoroughfare not intended for big trucks and bottom line commerce.From the pics I imagine that there are many rural opportunities awaiting us in Portugal. I am thankful to a previous commenter that reminded me that I am not of the opinion that there is anything particularly noble or virtuous or quaint about poverty.However, of course for me to be without a car, a television or a connection to a sewer would not be poverty.Surely I can have food, water, shelter, elasticity, potable water and sanitation without being "developed" and without being impoverished either. I don't intend to romanticize poverty. I think I just have a different idea about what material assets are important and which material assets cause more harm than good.Development for me has meant for me short term for the few at the expense of the many and long term waste and destruction for all. The actually development I am interested in is that which supports individual and community self sufficiency in a sustainable manner , not at the detriment of the individual, the community or the planetary environment that we all breathe.Now back the[...]

Extreme Biking in Algarve


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Expat Exchange


This site is colorful and has the framework to hold lots of information about relocating to countries all over the world. Unfortunately when I took a look at the "Moving & Relocating" section on the "Portugal Network" page it was empty.

In addition to having lots of pictures and a good foundational framework it seems that if you have information that you want to share you can add it to the site. For example if you have something to sell or you have job to offer someone or if you are looking for a place to rent or for employment, etc.

Bardia let me know that the "post-to-the-future" feature was no longer working. Too bad. Anyway I will be moving this blog to private hosting and it will be on a Word Press platform so there I can actually upload posts and schedule their actual publication. Okay, now that I've posted for 12, 14, 16, I'll work myself backwards to 10, 8, 4. 6 looks like it was already done. ;)



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Mata de Sesimbra


"In partnership with developer Pelicano, One Planet Living has launched its Pioneer Project at Mata de Sesimbra in Portugal, a €1.1 billion investment to:

(image) build 8,000 zero-carbon, zero-waste eco-homes, hotels, shops and community facilities for up to 30,000 people;

(image) return to native woodland 4,800 hectares of degraded logging plantations and quarries in a €120 million replanting and conservation scheme;

(image) create a €90 million sustainable public transport network for the region, and provide hybrid eco-shuttles, free bicycles and car clubs on-site;

(image) support the local economy by training and accrediting local farmers under a "OPL Producers" labelling scheme;

(image) promote the growth of new high-tech eco-businesses, including Europe's first factory for sustainable construction materials;

(image) support urban regeneration in neighboring low-income areas; and

(image) generate funds to help recover the country's most endangered species through a 'green levy' on house sales and hotel stays.

The partnership with local developers, local and national authorities and environmental groups will create the world's first independently audited sustainable community. The project is expected to create 11,000 jobs. we've got to read the rest to find out the time frame for such an abitons and worthwhile project!

Quinta das Albelhas


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Quinta das Abelhas (Honeybee Farm) was a 2 hectare organic smallholding situated in the ‘green heart’ of the Beiras region of central Portugal.

Actually it's probably still the same 2 hectacre smallholding it's just that ownership has changed. I'm not sure what the new homestead is called. The place this couple had their eye on in the beginning became available so they bought it and put this Quinta das Albelhas on the market.

This expat family from Britain has been living continuously in Portugal since 2003.

To stay in touch check out their blog (online diary) for news and updates.

They are WWOOF Independents(image) hosts (no: POR054).

Annonymous Contribution


ESTREIA-DEBATE NO CINE-TEATRO MUNICIPAL JOÃO MOTA O FILME PORTUGUÊS "WAITING FOR EUROPE" VAI ESTREAR EM SESIMBRA A 16 DE JUNHO, PELAS 21.00 Horas COM A PRESENÇA DA REALIZADORA CHRISTINE REEH O filme português “Waiting for Europe”, realizado por Christine Reeh e produzido pela C.R.I.M Produções, vai ter uma estreia-debate, com a presença da realizadora, em Sesimbra, no Cine-Teatro Municipal João Mota, dia 16 de Junho, ás 21.00 horas, com o apoio da Câmara Municipal de Sesimbra. Participam no painel-debate, para além da realizadora Christine Reeh, o Dr. Rui Marques, Alto Comissário para a Imigração e Minorias Étnicas, a Dra. Inês Fontinha, Secretária Geral do Ninho, a Dra. Eva Bacelar, da Procuradoria Geral da República e Presidente da Secção Portuguesa do Congresso dos Antigos Funcionários da União Europeia, a Dra. Marina Kolarova, da Associação Portugal-Bulgari, o Prof. Jorge Malheiros, da Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa e a Dra. Maria Cristina Santinho, do ISCTE. A C.R.I.M Produções, abriu um concurso de crítica ao filme, aberto a estudantes do ensino secundário e superior, e o Banco Espirito Santo, abriu um concurso de crítica ao filme, para imigrantes. “Waiting for Europe” (À Espera da Europa”), ganhou o Best International Documentary no Festival "The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival" (apresentação de Los Angeles) e está seleccionado para a competição em Nova Iorque, em Julho, e, também para a competição do European Documentary Film Contest (Huesca). O filme rodado em Lisboa, Alcalá de Henares, Sofia e Blavoegrado, acompanhou durante dois anos, Vânia, uma imigrante do leste europeu em Portugal e Espanha. Trata-se de um retrato intimista sobre a imigração feminina. “Waiting for Europe”, rodado em três países, Portugal, Espanha e Bulgária, foi produzido com o apoio do Instituto de Cinema, Audiovisual e Multimedia (ICAM), da RTP, do Ministério da Cultura, dos Médicos do Mundo, da Universidade de Alcalá de Henares , da Universidade Fernando Pessoa, da Câmara Municipal de Blavoegrado, do Instituto de Cinema Búlgaro, da PROFILM (Bulgária) e da Associação Aibebalcan em Espanha. O ACIME (Alto Comissariado para a imigração e Minorias Étnicas), o Banco BES ( /novos residentes), a Federação Portuguesa dos Cineclubes, Associação Bulgari, e as câmaras municipais, colaboram nas estreias-debate a realizar em Portugal. A Universidade de Alcalá de Henares, vai promover um conjunto de estreias-debate do “Waiting for Europe, em colaboração com outras Universidades espanholas. As últimas estreias-debate do filme, foram realizadas, no Auditório da Faculdade de Ciências Socias e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Centro de Estudos de Migrações e Minorias Étnicas) a 3 de Maio, em Monção a 27 de Abril, em Vila Real de Santo António, no Centro Cultural António Aleixo, a 26 de Maio. O filme foi ainda estreado no Luxemburgo, a 8 de Maio, na Cinemateca de Luxemburgo, numa iniciativa conjunta da ASTI (Association de Soutien aux Travailleurs Immigrés) e da Cidade de Luxemburgo, com o apoio das duas centrais sindicais, da Associação de Amigos do 25 de Abril e ainda de associações de imigrantes portuguesas e búlgaras. A revista "Cinema" da Federação Portuguesa dos Cineclubes, na sua edição Abril-Junho, nº37, publica um dossier sobre o "Waiting for Europe", que inclui uma entrevista a Christine Reeh, um artigo de André Martin[...]

Working & Living in Portugal


This book, Working & Living in Portugal, is a great way to start formulating your game plan to move to Portugal. Highly recommended.

Here are the customer reviews from Amazon

This is not the most complete book on living and working in Portugal but deserves full marks for what it is, a very clear and concise guide. It was my first read on the matter and gave me an excellent starting point. Specially good are the chapters Portugal Today and Living in Portugal. I strongly recommend it to anyone at the initial stages of considering a move to Portugal.

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This is a very practical guide to planning a move to Portugal, delving deep into details about Portuguese life, work ethic, extracurricular hobbies, economic logistics, etc. My only criticism is that the author only very timidly broaches the issue that you can't very readily make a decent living wage in Portugal. This is much more upfront in almost ALL of the case study interviews- where they recommend getting a UK-based job with UK salary rate vs. picking up a Portuguese job.

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This book starts with a very readable introduction and gradually leads you in from 'first steps' through to permits, banking, taxes, you name it. It goes as far as getting Portuguese nationality. Like other books, it has 'profiles' of the different regions in the country, but in a good balance with other (and more relevant) information you seek in this kind of book. Information on actually living and working in the country is very practical and the references for further reading are good. As the icing on the cake, the book includes topics like etiquette. This is not the first book I bought but is by far superior to my first attempt. I did not know about this book at the time. I hope others can benefit from my trial and error route and go straight to a good buy.

Public & Banking Holidays


01 Jan New Year's Day
20 Feb Shrove Tuesday (Carnival)
05 Apr Maundy Thursday (afternoon)
06 Apr Good Friday
09 Apr Easter Monday (banks actually open)
25 Apr Liberation Day
01 May Labor Day
07 Jun Corpus Christi Day
10 Jun Portugal Day
13 Jun St Anthony's Day (only in Lisbon)
24 Jun St John's Day (Porto only)
15 Aug The Assumption of Our Lady
05 Oct Founding of the Republic
01 Nov All Saints
01 Dec Restoration of Independence
08 Dec Immaculate Conception
24 Dec Christmas Eve (Banks only)
25 Dec Christmas Day

Disillusionment & Hope


Today I was looking for the experience of expats in Portugal and came across the blog of a young man, self described as male and very young. He's from Iowa. Here is an excerpt of what he wrote.

His blog titled Richochet presents a post called "Fooled by Stone" dated May 15 2007. I wonder if he is traveling now.

He writes:

I came to the TAGV (Teatro Academico Gil Vilcente) with the intent of studying, but that quickly faded. [...} In spite of how frustrated i let myself become here at times, academically and socially and with my still constant tendencies of self destruction...I still feel as though I could come straight back in the fall after an Iowa break if I had the funds.

So the dreamy plan that has been paying throughout my mind is to finish the music degree at uni, work at year at jobs and music in des moines as I live with my parents, then return to Portugal... either enrolling in language courses at a Lisboa University, or at a jazz program also within that city. I only have three actual Portuguese friends here, the connections with all never blossoming like I dreamed before...but I still have a handful of contacts, and I will be a few years older and wiser, perhaps better apt for expat wandering and a fresh displacement. There's something about this country that I enjoy even though I'm never completely comfortable, and even though I have no striking interests in the smaller towns.

What might YOU do in his position? What would you like to THINK that you would do? Please visit his site and read the post in its entirety in the context of his blog.

Photograph by Jennifer

Expat Life in Portugal


This photo comes form shared photos at Flickr. For some reason exporting it directly from there to here was not possible so I'll be crediting the photographer in this post shortly.In May I was busy elsewhere however this month of June I will be posting here regularly in the present there future and the past.Blogger has a nifty feature that allows publication into the future. Check my "how to MMOL" site on Friday. I'll be publishing instructions with screen shots of how o publish into the future. I found a lovely site which I think is worth checking out. I will be linking it to my side bar at Leave America.Do enjoy these articles from Shelter Offshore: Living AbroadShould You Retire to Portugal? Living in Portugal with Children Living Life in Rural Portugal What’s it Like Living in Lisbon, Portugal? Summer Jobs in Portugal Living in Madeira Portugal Working in Portugal Cost of Living in Portugal Education System in Portugal Health Care in Portugal Moving to Portugal Guide to Portugal ca-pub-406266526053634[...]