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Paul Garcia, Alentejo and Algarve

Published Wednesday August 29, 2018 (18:02:21)
Paul Garcia (far right)
Who are you?

My name is Paul. My friends call me Pauly G, "just the brown guy from America.” I am a person from Las Vegas, Nevada who I feel achieved the American Dream and at the end of the day, my life was not happy. I shed most all of my material artifacts to start a new life in Portugal.

Why Portugal? My life was simply over in America.    more ...


Jocelyn, Algarve

Published Wednesday August 08, 2018 (13:40:02)
Who are you?

Hello, I’m Jocelyn from Malaysia. I believe a little leap of faith can unlock your pathway beyond your expectations!    more ...


Yayeri Van Baarsen, Algarve

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


Alexa, Lisbon

Published Wednesday September 27, 2017 (08:34:53)
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 ...


Gail Aguiar, Porto

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


Helena Radeson Silverup, Cascais

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


Joy Hanford, Guimarães

Published Friday August 26, 2016 (14:37:14)
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 ...


Kev Harrison, Lisbon

Published Tuesday August 23, 2016 (16:27:52)
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 ...


Sarah Hendrickx, Algarve

Published Thursday April 28, 2016 (11:38:10)
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 ...


Christine Morgan, Guimarães

Published Friday September 20, 2013 (01:12:12)
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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