Many thanks to our great friend (and high-minded painter) Andy Baird, who both conceived and jump started this attempt to contemporaneously record at least some of the eventings of one move abroad. Regarding content, the narrower column on the left is the supposedly more timeless and reference stuff; ongoing entries are in the larger-width column on the right of the script below - following the (red)


by-line below. The plan is for these at least to be augmented over time.

It should also follow, therefore, that the most recently added post will always be at the top of this right-hand column; so if you want to get a flavour from earlier times, scroll and start NEARER TO or EVEN AT THE BOTTOM (only, please, please if you chose this option, allow yourself a series of snack-breaks; it can be repetitive, and boredom is guaranteed to increase with intensity of effort!)- but ANY comments are not only also welcomed ->but positively encouraged

Remember this folks ......

Remember this folks ......

Monday, January 10, 2011


Just to remind any older, and advise new readers

This Blog was originally intended to have a two-fold function; as an occasional contemporary diary-record of our own experiences here in this beautiful country, AND, arguably more importantly, as a forum to offer help, advice, assistance or simple `as WE found / tried it` recountings to would-be, aspiring, even existing fellow ex-pats: or just those with a simple or idle curiosity.

By definition, the first objective has been achieved subject only to the limitations of my own inputting abilities and inclination (and thankfully, some posts have been read and even commented upon by friends).

There remains, however, and we feel, a considerable deal of untapped user-knowledge which, whilst we would be the first to recognise in particular the problems of currency in a rapidly changing environment, are just waiting to be unleashed -if only as a start point- on a whole potential audience.

QUESTIONS? Ask them - we`ll be delighted to tell you exactly what we discovered about so-and-so, how we dealt with such-and-such a subject (the potential is huge;, WE`ve not had anything yet we weren`t eventually able to resolve; or alternately where you might find an authoritive Portuguese source for the information you seek.

Two last points: I`ve always believed that for ALL of us, minimisation of our pain -or more importantly, maximisation of the benefits achieved as a result of the efforts of -trailbazing- others, communication is the key ingredient, and I recall, after struggling to answer the relatively simple question by a visitor "Do you feel you`ve really settled in now?", feeling absolute satisfaction with a reply along the lines "well, we still don`t necessarily know the answers to ALL the questions, but we feel fairly confident that, regardless of how obscure a particular query or request might be, we at least would know where to start in an effort to obtain satisfaction." That was after about three years.


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