US Expats in Portugal

A Walk Across Prague’s Charles Bridge, Three Towers and Thirty Statues – Retirement Travel Article

A Walk Across Prague’s Charles Bridge, Three Towers and Thirty Statues   It took us three tries to make it all the way across the Charles Bridge but, like they say, “The third time’s the charm.”  Following a leisurely river boat tour that introduced us to the city of Prague on both sides of the river Vltava, we joined the throngs of tourists and passed through the Old Town Bridge Tower to walk a short distance onto the bridge. The…

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Terezin: If A Picture Paints A Thousand Words – Retirement Travel Article

Terezin: If A Picture Paints A Thousand Words It’s the children’s drawings that linger in our minds, haunting us long after our tour of the town of Terezin that once served as a concentration camp. We’d seen some of the drawings years before at an exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC and then at the Pinkas Synagogue in Prague. Pictures showing happier times with houses and gardens, holiday celebrations with family, children playing, flowers and trees.  Pictures…

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A Rant-A-Thon From a US and a Canadian Expat: Bureaucratic Contortions – Retirement Travel Article

A Rant-A-Thon From a US and a Canadian Expat: Bureaucratic Contortions Sagres, Portugal A few weeks ago my Canadian blogger friend, Frank, at The Travels of BbqBoy and Spanky  reached out to me with an idea he had for a collaborative post called, “The Absolute Worst Thing About Being a Fulltime Traveler,” comparing our different perspectives.  What made his idea intriguing was that our worst experiences actually have nothing to do with traveling full time or with being an expat,…

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Boot Sales, Hippie Markets and Chinese Stores – Retirement Travel Article

Boot Sales, Hippie Markets and Chinese Stores cliffs by Porto de Mos, Lagos It’s been a ‘staycation’ kind of summer for us here in Lagos, Portugal, with lots of friends stopping by and making use of our guest room (if you want your friends and family to visit, just move to Portugal!) and day trips here and there.  We’ve met several new friends who have contacted us through the blog and are checking out both Portugal and the Algarve to…

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Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part One – Retirement Travel Article

Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part One   Life is full of milestones and dates that mark important events and this month, we celebrated a significant anniversary.  On September 11th, 2012, we locked the door to our house on Padre Island for the last time, turned over the keys to a property manager and set off in an entirely new direction.  With the exception of our house (which we sold a…

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Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part Two – Retirement Travel Article

Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part Two   There’s no getting around it: writing a blog is work. It takes time.  It takes discipline. It takes waiting around for a brilliant insight to hit you or an inspiring thought (a very rare event) and slogging ahead anyway when your muse is silent. However, the effort is well worth it when we hit the ‘publish’ button and add another page to our…

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Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part Three – Retirement Travel Article

Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part Three   Back in 2011, when we were in the midst of preparing for full-time travel and radically downsizing, our announcements of our plans to various friends and family got a lot of different responses. From dumbfounded gapes and guffaws to “You’ll never be able to do it.” “What a great idea. I wish I could but …” “But what about______? ”  Here you can…

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The Hoopla About Hoopoes, A Birdwalk, and A Three-Hour Tour – Retirement Travel Article

The Hoopla About Hoopoes, A Birdwalk, and A Three-Hour Tour In our former lives on Padre Island off the coast of Texas, one of the things we enjoyed most were the sea birds we could see in the wetlands near our house on a canal.  We never failed to be thrilled by the V formations of twenty to thirty brown pelicans skimming close to the waves at the Padre Island National Seashore or the sight of a brown pelican streaking…

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Fall Traditions: Aljezur’s Sweet Potato Festival and Giving Thanks – Retirement Travel Article

Fall Traditions: Aljezur’s Sweet Potato Festival and Giving Thanks It came as a bit of a shock to us, back in 2012 and traveling in Mexico, that there were no outward signs that our favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, was taking place back in the US. Nope. We moved right from the Day-of-the-Dead to Christmas songs in the markets and grocery stores, simple and elaborate Nativity tableaus, and lighted decorations on the streets. That may have been our first clue that we…

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Living La Vida Lagos: How Much Does It REALLY Cost To Live In Lagos, Portugal? – Retirement Travel Article

Living La Vida Lagos: How Much Does It REALLY Cost To Live In Lagos, Portugal? Unless you’re reading our blog for the very first time, you’ll know that we’re delighted with our adopted country of Portugal and especially, the Algarve Region where we’ve been for the last two years, busily putting down some shallow roots. For us, it’s turned out to be an excellent place to live and we love exploring the area as well as playing impromptu tour guides,…

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Just Like Riding A Bike, A Little Procrastination And Leaving Lagos – Retirement Travel Article

Just Like Riding A Bike, A Little Procrastination And Leaving Lagos The Algarve Region, Portugal The phrase keeps going over and over in my mind, “It’s just like riding a bike” as I look at this blank screen before me and think of the months that have gone by since we last posted. Once we get out of the habit of writing and posting every two or so weeks, it gets easier and easier to come up with excuses to…

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