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Yayeri Van Baarsen, Algarve

Monday January 22, 2018 (11:57:43)

Portugal

Who are you?

I’m Yayeri van Baarsen, a 33-year-old journalist from Holland. Currently I live in the Algarve, together with my boyfriend and our dog, where we make Enjoy the Algarve, a free online magazine about the south of Portugal.    more ...


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Portugal

Alexa, Lisbon

Wednesday September 27, 2017 (08:34:53)
Alexa
Portugal

Who are you?

I am Alexa, a 43-year-old single mother, copywriter and blogger.


Where, when and why did you move abroad?

Actually there a few answers here!    more ...


Portugal > Expat Experiences

Portugal

Gail Aguiar, Porto

Friday April 28, 2017 (14:00:03)
Gail Aguiar
Portugal

Who are you?

My name is Gail Aguiar, I’m a Gen-X Canadian who’s moved around a lot. I’ve lived in half of Canada’s provinces, and a bunch of countries. I hate moving (the un/packing), but I love exploring.    more ...


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Portugal

Helena Radeson Silverup, Cascais

Friday February 24, 2017 (12:01:32)
Helena Radeson Silverup
Portugal

Who are you?

I am Helena Radeson Silverup


Where, when and why did you move abroad?

Me and my family (husband and then four year old daughter) moved from Stockholm, Sweden to Cascais, Portugal in January 2016. We are now here as ex-pats.    more ...


Portugal > Expat Experiences

Portugal

Joy Hanford, Guimarães

Friday August 26, 2016 (14:37:14)
Joy Hanford
Portugal

Who are you?

My name is Joy Hanford. I am a Midwestern American. I am a children’s book author, an artist, a writer and a blogger. I am a wife and mother and a friend. I love to laugh, read and tell stories, pop and eat endless bowls of popcorn, travel and live my best life.    more ...


Portugal > Expat Experiences

Portugal

Kev Harrison, Lisbon

Tuesday August 23, 2016 (16:27:52)
Kev Harrison
Portugal

Who are you?

I'm a 36 year-old English language teacher, living and working in Lisbon, Portugal. I grew up in Surrey, in south-east England and lived in London, Birmingham and other UK cities before moving abroad.    more ...


Portugal > Expat Experiences

Portugal

Sarah Hendrickx, Algarve

Thursday April 28, 2016 (11:38:10)
Sarah Hendrickx
Portugal

Who are you?

I am Sarah Hendrickx, a freelance writer, book author, autism specialist and expat blogger. I do all of these things in Portugal – some remotely and some on return trips to the UK.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

My partner and I explored many countries and regions looking for somewhere to relocate to before deciding on Portugal. We moved here in February 2015.    more ...


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Portugal

Christine Morgan, Guimarães

Friday September 20, 2013 (01:12:12)
Christine Morgan
Portugal

My name is Christine Morgan and I came to Portugal for a brief period over 30 years ago. I never left.

Why Portugal? At the time I had travelled widely and had also experienced living abroad (including on the island of Crete for about nine months prior to starting University- an unforgettable experience and worthy of another blog one day!) The one place in Southern Europe I had never visited was Portugal. Somehow I had always bypassed it. In the early 80’s jobs were scarce in the UK so after finishing my degree in English and French I did a TEFL course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

Teaching wasn’t a career choice but it did seem a sensible choice until I knew what I really wanted to do.    more ...


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Portugal

Julie Dawn Fox, Moura Morta

Sunday September 02, 2012 (20:40:11)
Julie Dawn Fox
Portugal

My name’s Julie and I’m a writer, a traveller and a teacher as well as being a serial expat. I’m originally from the UK but have lived abroad for over ten years now.

I had something of a mid-mid-life crisis in my late twenties which resulted in me trading the depressingly dull job I had in a bank in exchange for a backpack and a seemingly incurable dose of wanderlust. After 16 months of travelling, I came back to the UK and quickly realised that I didn’t want to live there for the rest of my life.

I had to find a way of sustaining a new life abroad so I set about getting myself a degree and training to teach English as a foreign language. I did the teacher training course in Barcelona in 2002, fell in love with the city and stayed there for two years. I’ve lived in several countries since then including Tanzania, Venezuela and now Portugal    more ...


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Portugal

Peter Calder, Gois

Friday August 10, 2012 (17:43:01)
Peter Calder
Portugal

My name is Peter F Calder and on the Expat Focus Portugal Forum I am known as PETERFC, yes him!

This is my story from when I first wanted just a holiday home to the decision that it was to become my home for life.

My story started in September 2007 on a warm sunny day here in Liverpool. I had asked on a Forum I am a member of for somewhere to stay for a week at the beginning of September. I replied to one invitation from a couple who lived in Gois, Dianne and Terry. After looking into where they were, I decided that it may be good to try there first. That week during my stay I travelled out each day in a different direction looking at various places with a view to perhaps moving there, but no matter where I went I kept going back to Gois - not just because I was staying there but because it had something all the other places had not. So Gois it was to be.    more ...