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FAME: 4 June ’17

 Oh, the burdens of celebrityhoodednessdom.  Barbara and I have come to discover this in the months we’ve been in Portugal.  The constant attention, lack of privacy, need for the police to block off streets when we walk down them —

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Call Of The Wild: 25 April ’17

Barbara and are doing our best to be good expats.  We’re determined to experience the culture of Portugal and learn as much about the people as we can.  We also enjoy meeting other expats like ourselves and sharing experiences.  I

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Toy Box: 5 Mar. ’17

Now that Barbara and I have our permanent Portuguese residency cards, we’re on the hunt for a long term apartment rental.  The place we’re in we have for only another month until the owners come from France for their annual

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Cabo Espichel

We’re finally emerging from the physical and mental cavern that is winter.  In Portugal, winter is the rainy season.  For two months, our whole world sits under a somber gray blanket of rain.  Our sleep at night is disturbed by

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MARIO BATTLES THE MACHINE: 6 Feb, ’17

As of a couple of weeks ago, Barbara and I are official members of the Portuguese Permanent Residents Club, with membership cards and everything.  At the risk of violating security, I’m going to reveal the Portuguese secret handshake, which is

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Tongue Not So Far In Cheek: 29 Jan. ’17

Barbara and I received our Portuguese residency permits in the mail this week after a semi hilarious day spent in the bowels of the Portuguese immigration bureaucracy.  We’re now entitled to live here as long as we don’t cause any

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The Wildlife of Setubal: 15 Jan ’17

We’ve been observing the local wildlife our little corner of Portugal, and have noticed a few peculiarities.  Let’s talk about the birds and the . . . er . . . flies. BUZZERS Setúbal doesn’t have mosquitoes.  Nor does it

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