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Expat Experiences > Portugal

Portugal

Joy Hanford, Guimarães

Posted by: Scar on Friday August 26, 2016 (09:37:14)   (2712 Reads)
Joy Hanford
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 ...

Expat Experiences > Portugal

Portugal

Kev Harrison, Lisbon

Posted by: Scar on Tuesday August 23, 2016 (11:27:52)   (2407 Reads)
Kev Harrison
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 ...

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Portugal

Sarah Hendrickx, Algarve

Posted by: Scar on Thursday April 28, 2016 (06:38:10)   (1020 Reads)
Sarah Hendrickx
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

Posted by: Carole on Thursday September 19, 2013 (20:12:12)   (8692 Reads)
Christine Morgan
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

Posted by: Carole on Sunday September 02, 2012 (15:40:11)   (4039 Reads)
Julie Dawn Fox
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

Posted by: Carole on Friday August 10, 2012 (12:43:01)   (8842 Reads)
Peter Calder
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 ...

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Portugal

Derek Harper, Tomar

Posted by: Carole on Sunday December 04, 2011 (13:53:38)   (2420 Reads)
Derek & Nicky
My name is Derek Harper, I am originally from Scotland and now live in Central Portugal with my girlfriend. We never set off to move to Portugal it just sort of happened, you know the way these things do.

Way back in 2002, New Year's eve to be exact, my girlfriend Nicky Carter and I were having a conversation over a few drinks about the coming new year and our future plans. This conversation eventually got round to talk about places we would like to visit for our holidays in the coming year, we generally tried to fit in a couple of last minute holidays each year even though we both had busy work lives. I was an After Sales Manager at a multi-franchise dealership in the North of England, Nicky ran her own Marketing and PR company, working mostly within the motor-sport industry.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Portugal

Portugal

Wendy Manning, Central Portugal

Posted by: Carole on Sunday December 04, 2011 (08:56:40)   (4949 Reads)
James & Daniel Manning
Hello, I am Wendy Manning and I live in Central Portugal with husband Paul and children James (9) and Daniel(6). We moved from the UK towards the end of 2007, like many others it seems. We just decided that we had had enough of working to live and keep a very expensive house and mortgage so we sold up and decided to move to Portugal.

Portugal was an easy decision as we had been visiting The Algarve for a few years, my husband has family there. We liked Portugal but we agreed we could not live in the Algarve - too British and commercial, oh, and expensive. The move here was quite straightforward - the children were still young, one started year 1 in our local village school a week after we arrived and the other started Jardim de Infancia a couple of months later. They both picked up the language easily, but it has not been as easy for Paul and me, that bit older you see!   more ...

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Portugal

Robin & Shirley Hepworth, Western Algarve

Posted by: Carole on Sunday December 04, 2011 (08:45:39)   (6613 Reads)
Robin & Shirley Hepworth
Robin & Shirley Hepworth. I’m a 48 model ex IT Manager; Shirley is a coronation special and a Maths, Chemistry and Biology teacher. Plus Nellie our 2002 Doberman x German Shepherd dog.

In 2007 we sold up and moved to the Western Algarve, Portugal. Why? Many reasons - better quality of life, less stressful living, nice people, good food, wine & Medronho! We first visited Portugal in 2001 to take part in a sponsored ride from Alcoutim on the Spanish Border to Cape St Vincent in aid of RDA & PSP. I was riding and Shirley part of the support crew and as a result we saw parts of the Algarve most Algarveans never see. We came home feeling that the Lagos area would be a great place to live.   more ...

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Portugal

Diane & Eric, Bemposta

Posted by: Carole on Sunday December 04, 2011 (08:27:22)   (2202 Reads)
Beach near Portimão
We are Diane and Eric. We are both trying marriage for a second time... so far! We are both former Devonians although my wife was brought up in Cornwall. We met through our work at a local newspaper and after knowing each other for eight years and having both been divorced for ten years we decided that we could make it work. That was back in 1991. So far, so good.

I have to say that it was Diane who had been hankering to get out of the U.K. She had been trying, unsuccessfully, to do so since 1960. Her first marriage and the places she was trying to emigrate to, mainly Canada and the US, were her obstacles. When we met, Diane had her own property in Spain, (Almogia, Andalusia), and I had my own place in Plymouth, U.K. Both properties had mortgages.   more ...

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