TABLE OF CONTENTS

A list of posts categorized by topic. Updated weekly. Click on the title to read the post.

ABOUT US

Choosing Where to Live in Portugal – If you have never been to Portugal, how did you choose an area to live?

Our First Year in Portugal - A recap of the first year in Our Portugal Journey [10 minute video]

Welcome to Our Portugal Journey! – Here’s a little about us and why we decided to move to Portugal

Where we Currently Live in Portugal – And the reasons why

Why Portugal? – Out of all the countries in the world, why move to Portugal?

Why we Decided to Move from the U.S. – Why we moved to Portugal in 2021

FOOD, WINE, BEVERAGES

Adega Urban Winery – A new concept in wine tourism for Portugal  

Bafarela 17 Vinho TintoPortuguese wine tasting notes

Cantinho do Avillez Cascais - Contemporary Portuguese Cuisine in the heart of Cascais

Portuguese Sausage: ChouriçoThe start of something delicious in my Portuguese kitchen!

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Cancer Treatment in Portugal - How good is it?

The Emergency Medical ID Card – Solutions to make communicating during an emergency easier in Portugal

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) – What you need to know about safe travel registration

When life starts going sideways. Literally. - Our first healthcare crisis in Portugal

HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS

Halloween celebrations in Portugal - Lost of meaning and history

Holidays, Celebrations, and Festivals in Portugal - There are many…

MADE IN PORTUGAL

Adega Urban WineryA new concept in wine tourism for Portugal

Bafarela 17 Vinho TintoPortuguese wine tasting notes

Regionalarte Handicraft Production - Liqueurs from the Algarve, Portugal

Taleiga HandmadePreserving the Cultural Heritage of Portugal

Terra Rustica - Part of my new Made in Portugal series

MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS

Beginnings and Endings - Little Reflections on the Past 3 Years

Getting the Most out of Our Portugal Journey - How to navigate this blog

Killer whales off the coast of Portugal - Some disruptive behavior going on

Legal Rights in Portugal - Reproductive and other sensitive rights issues

Online Grocery Shopping 101 in Portugal - How to order groceries online in Portugal for home delivery

Saharan Dust Storms – Another new experience

There’s a war on our continent – A new experience for us

What I’m Reading – Blogs about Portugal I recommend

Where is Portugal? - A little lesson in geography

MONEY & FINANCE

Taxes in Portugal - What Expats should know about NIFs, NHR Status, and filing tax returns

MOVING TO & LIVING IN PORTUGAL

Apostille and Certified DocumentsUnderstanding the differences

Beginnings and Endings - Little Reflections on the Past 3 Years

Choosing Where to Live in Portugal – If you have never been to Portugal, how did you choose an area to live?

Dazed and Confused in Portugal - Confusing things that can trip you up

Driving in Portugal for Foreign Residents - Licenses, age limits and other concerns

Had you ever visited Portugal before Moving There?Nope.

How to Donate or Recycle your Stuff A list of resources to responsibly get rid of stuff

How to Get an FBI Criminal History Record CheckWhy you may need one

How to Get Rid of StuffTips for downsizing, decluttering, and getting rid of items you no longer need

Learning the Lingo - How much Portuguese do expats really need to know?

Online Grocery Shopping 101 in Portugal - How to order groceries online in Portugal for home delivery

Our D7 Residence Visa ExperienceOur personal experience at VFS San Francisco

Portuguese Consulates and VGFS Global OfficesA Quick List

Private Health Insurance for Expats in PortugalInsurance requirements for a D7 visa application explained

Residence Visas in PortugalDocuments required for a D7 residence permit in Portugal

Shipping your things to Portugal My personal experience with UPakWeShip

The Top Free Apps for Travelers to Portugal - Best Expat Mobile Apps

Tipping Culture in Portugal – A guide to tipping etiquette

Types of Visas in Portugal Portugal Residency Visas for U.S. Citizens

Using Mobile Phones in Portugal How to keep your U.S. cell phone number while living in Portugal

Where we Currently Live in Portugal – And the reasons why

Why Portugal? – Out of all the countries in the world, why move to Portugal?

Why we Decided to Move from the U.S. – Why we moved to Portugal in 2021

PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

Beginnings and Endings - Little Reflections on the Past 3 Years

Dazed and Confused in Portugal - Confusing things that can trip you up

Have a Nice Life - How Relationships Can Change when you Move Away

My Search for Ground Beef in Portugal – Why do things have to be so hard?

Our Car Buying Experience - Something we said we’d never do in Portugal

Our D7 Residence Visa ExperienceOur personal experience at VFS San Francisco

Our First Christmas in Portugal – I’m not one who gets excited about the holidays, but perhaps this year would be different

Our First Year in Portugal - A recap of the first year in Our Portugal Journey [10-minute video]

Saharan Dust Storms – Another new experience

Shipping your things to Portugal My personal experience with UPakWeShip

Taking the Bus in PortugalWhat would people think?

The Saga of the Traveling Pants - A Portuguese Laundry Story

There’s a war on our continent – A new experience for us

VFS San Francisco – A (sort of) anniversary celebration

PORTUGUESE CULTURE

Minding your Manners - Unspoken Portuguese rules of etiquette

PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE

Learning the Lingo - How much Portuguese do Expats really need to know?

PORTUGUESE MUSIC

Portuguese Music - Memories and my Playlist

PORTUGUESE WINE

Adega Urban WineryA new concept in wine tourism for Portugal

Bafarela 17 Vinho TintoPortuguese wine tasting notes

TRAVEL & PLACES OF INTEREST

Adega Urban WineryA new concept in wine tourism for Portugal

I Saw the Mouth of HellAnd I was fascinated by it

Museu Medeiros de Almeida A hidden gem in Lisbon worth a visit

Portugal Changing of the Guard Ceremony One of the top beautiful military ceremonies in the world

Portugal Travel Tips The essential things to know for Portugal travel

Presidential Palace of Belem An Exclusive Tour of the historic gardens

QUAKE – A new interactive exhibit

Taking the Bus in PortugalWhat would people think?

The Last FolioRemnants of a Jewish past and one photographer’s quest for memories

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) – What you need to know about safe travel registration

The Top Free Apps for Travelers to Portugal - Best Expat Mobile Apps

Tipping Culture in Portugal – A guide to tipping etiquette

Visiting the National Coach Museum When ‘horsepower’ was the real thing

Visiting Paço de ArcosA hidden Portuguese gem on the coast – for now

Walking the Trilho das VinhasUrban and rural co-exist on a hidden ecological trail

VISA INFORMATION

Apostille and Certified DocumentsUnderstanding the differences

How to Get an FBI Criminal History Record CheckWhy you may need one

Our D7 Residence Visa ExperienceOur personal experience at VFS San Francisco

Portuguese Consulates and VGFS Global OfficesA Quick List

Private Health Insurance for Expats in Portugal Insurance requirements for a D7 visa application explained

Residence Visas in Portugal Documents required for a D7 residence permit in Portugal

Types of Visas in PortugalPortugal Residency Visas for U.S. Citizens

VFS San FranciscoA (sort of) anniversary celebration