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COVID-19 Chronicles: The One With The Community College

As you all know, this year has been a special one. Over here in Portugal, we are encouraged to not leave our houses too much. And with me being an introvert, I have no problem with this whatsoever. At this point in time, I only have a high school diploma (with honors ūüėČ). So I …

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COVID-19 Chronicles: The One With The Face Masks

Boy oh boy have we had a time trying to get these face masks! It was definitely an adventure. We ordered the masks sometime early March and they ended up coming in late April. Anyway, many people are out there wondering what kind of masks are the best to use during this pandemic. According to …

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Es a Lisboa que eu amo

Next stop… Lisbon! or “Leeesh-Boa” if the idea is to pronounce it as the natives do… still working on that! We arrived via very economical (about $20) train from the Algarve. ¬†The city of the 7 hills is just phenomenal. ¬†Trolleys, Trams, Trains and Tiles… Fado, Pasteis, Cobblestone for miles… where do I even being …

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The VISA process

  Start this process 6 to 7 months ahead of your desired move date… Passports (3 weeks normal processing time) If you do not have a current passport, you will need to begin with the process of securing one. ¬†If your current passport will expire in the next 6 months, renew the passport BEFORE beginning …

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“I didn’t get where I am today without knowing the Algarve when I see it”

(from The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin — BBC1 TV series) On our day off, we decided to further explore the Algarve. Gorgeous right? ¬†These are from Portim√£o and Lagos.          

“Oh Algarve! Oh Algarve!”

We used to listen to this folkloric song as kids! So, I was ecstatic to finally see it with my own eyes. “Oh Algarve“…That’s how we felt as soon as we arrived in Portim√£o, located on the Southern coast of Portugal. ¬†The Algarve is just stunning. ¬†Happily, this was our chosen starting point on our …

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And so…it begins.

The search for a new place to serve… The “interviews” for a new home began in earnest with Portugal. This was a 3rd visit for me, and 1st for Juan. ¬†Mari had already cast her vote after our mommy-daughter trip last summer. I did love Portugal as a vacation spot, and cultural roots do run …

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Tick-tock….

      The decision is made, ¬† ¬† ¬†Rida–no more wasting time… The clock is ticking, ¬† ¬† ¬†Mari’s made up her mind… The countdown begins, ¬† ¬† ¬†Juan says¬†“que show”¬†… Veloz Needgreaters, ¬† ¬† ¬†oh the places you’ll go!