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I’m feeling Pioneer-y

This is the epilogueof my stint in Portugal.  Wayne and I are headed back to the US tomorrow.  It was three years ago that I quit my job and we began making preparations to move to Portugal.  A great adventure,

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Armação de Pêra: 11 Apr ’19

So we’re in the Algarve now.  Everyone says it’s the most beautiful place on earth.  But then, what do they know?  Everyone in Portugal says they have a “house” in the Algarve.  This goes back to the ‘80’s when Portugal

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A Guitarra do Fadista

As we prepare to leave Portugal, we are communing with the many beloved friends we have found here. Such friends are Jorge and Paula. Paula happens to be our landlord, but, she and Jorge have taken us on a low-tide

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Exchanging Places

Sorry for the long silence.  We’ve been distracted.  Wayne and I have been sorting through emotions and practicalities of “stay” or “go” regarding Portugal.  When we first set out on this adventure, it was open ended.  People asked is we

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Bureaucratugal 23Mar’18

It’s been a year since we got our Portuguese residency permits and had our first encounter with the notorious, dreaded and dreadful Portuguese bureaucracy.  I wrote about that experience at the time.  We got off relatively unscathed from that one,

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Cascais Casual: 28 Julho ’17

It’s been several weeks now since we took a bus from Sintra to  Cascais to stay with Jules, Rita’s traveling companion and President You-Know-Who’s personally appointed ambassador to the International Animal Kingdom.   After being in Sintra, Cascais felt like

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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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