A love letter to Portugal

Dear Portugal,

I would never have pointed to a map and picked you. I wasn’t sure we would even like each other. I came with only a few belongings and even fewer expectations. But I had the desire to get to know you and see if I would stay. And like two people making an acquaintance at a dinner party, we searched for commonalities: surfing, an insatiable appetite for rice and seafood, a bond to the earth and the sea.

At first I fell for the little things. The promise of surf every single day. The coastline that has gifted me with the rarest moments of surfing alone. That dazed feeling after a few glasses of fruity vinho verde. The rissois, natas and feijoada, the melt-in-your-mouth queijo fresco, delectable sardinha and unforgettable bacalhau. And surprisingly, even lamprey and percebe.

I loved the quiet irony of your lavish, impressive buildings next to your ancient, dilapidated houses. I even adored your temperamental weather, sunny in the morning and sometimes tempestuous in the afternoon.

And I loved your people. The grandmas dressed in black with their soft faces and culinary secrets. The fishermen with their old fashioned hats. The shopkeepers who actually mean it when they say “obrigada.”

And then I began to love you for your words, and the new feelings they gave name to. For that elusive feeling of saudade –– untranslatable but described so accurately by the Portuguese writer Manuel de Melo: “a pleasure you suffer, an ailment you enjoy.” Or the chamego — the sense of intimacy, infatuation, and cuddling, all in one word.

Of course, there are things about you that I will probably never understand. You’re an old soul and I’m too juvenile. I’m impulsive whereas you are cautious and pensive. I have this incessant desire to be happy, but you have this habit of enjoying being triste.

But I’ve lived many lives in different parts of the world, I’ve been running around, not caring where I rest my head, not knowing where I’d end up. Perhaps I met you, Portugal, because something inside me had really been crying out for stillness, for a safe haven where I could finally become myself.

Fitting In and Making Friends in Portugal

The Portuguese people themselves are kind, rules-oriented and vehemently compassionate, and will drop everything in an instant to help you. And, as crime is not a real issue in Portugal it is also one of the safest counties in the world to live.

While it is not essential to learn the Portuguese language to live here, it does help you understand the country, and better experience how kind and gentle the people are.

Common FAQ’s About Retiring in Portugal

Portugal offers arguably the lowest cost of living in Western Europe. a couple can live comfortably in Portugal’s interior from about $1,700 a month. The budget for larger cities such as Lisbon is about $2,100 or $2,200 a month.

Portugal has many great options for expats to retire to. You can retire in one of the many beautiful cities such as Lisbon and Porto. If beach living is what you dream of then The Algarve has many great retirement towns such as Lagos and Faro.

Portugal is the winner of the 2020 Annual Global Retirement Index. Our on the ground experts belive it to world’s best place to retire. Based on cost of living, climate, healthcare on offer and overall quality of life Portugal is great place to retire.

U.S. citizens can retire in Portugal with relative ease. The most common visa for U.S. and Canadian citizens looking to live in Portugal is the Type 1 visa. This visa is issues to persons who intend to reside in Portugal permanently for retirement among other reasons.


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101 Romantic Messages to Keep the Love Alive While You're Apart (Video)

How do you show your person that they really do mean the world to you? Maybe you don’t know how to write a love letter, or put into words how your partner makes you feel. But that shouldn’t stop you from showing the love of your life how much you care. Perhaps you’re trying to write them a full love letter to celebrate an anniversary — or just because it’s been a stressful week and you want to lift their spirits. Or on the flip side, you might just want to send them a quick, goofy, lovey-dovey text to remind your special someone that you’re thinking about them while you're apart.

When you’re crafting your gushy love message, remember that something doesn’t need to subscribe to “traditional” gender norms to be romantic. In fact, most men and women I know find something much more romantic if it doesn’t follow a dated definition of what a relationship is. We don’t just need to be complimenting women’s looks and men’s strength.

Truly romantic love messages should explore your man’s beauty or your woman’s determination. Below, we’ve suggested prompts for “love letters for him” and “love letters for her,” but if the “love letter for him” speaks more to your lady love’s strengths, use it for her. Whatever the reason for showing your partner some affection (and to be clear, you never need a reason), here are 101 romantic love messages that will help you write love letters for him or her, or just send a short-and-sweet romantic text.

Question of the Month: November

Posted on 11/24/2020 12:00:00 AM in Question of the Month

Some special destinations hold us tightly and never let go—our travelers encapsulate just that in these beautiful letters to their favorite places.

While we’re missing travel more than ever, what would we say to the cities and countries that have a particularly special place in our hearts? We suspect that our travelers’ favorite places—and the people who call them home—are missing them, too.

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