Why Portugal, Why the Algarve, & Why Faro

  When you make a big and unexpected decision in your life, people are curious about why you went in a particular direction; it’s a reasonable curiosity. I’ve spent a bit of time on why I moved to Portugal in previous blogs; however, I thought since I am frequently asked this question, I would answer… Continue reading Why Portugal, Why the Algarve, & Why Faro

The Air Travel Battle Within

  I have been struggling with something for years and I’m afraid a recent situation has caused my concern to come to a head. My issue is air travel. No doubt many share my uneasiness and much has been written on the topic. Here’s my take: Air travel sucks big time! Unless of course you… Continue reading The Air Travel Battle Within

Exploring Edinburgh and Other Random Bits

One of the many reasons I moved to Portugal was to be closer to the rest of Europe so that I could travel more easily from country to country; and that includes countries on the African continent. I will get to Edinburgh in this piece, I promise. My first country outside of Portugal to visit… Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh and Other Random Bits

Living Abroad and My Truth

Counting My Blessings I cannot imagine what it must have been like to live overseas 20 or more years ago.¬† Staying in touch with loved ones back home must have been very expensive and difficult. Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and other forms of social media¬†have made communicating and keeping up with friends fairly easy. Meeting friends… Continue reading Living Abroad and My Truth

Far Away From American Politics

I thought I would leave the U.S. and stick my head in the sand — well that’s not happening. BBC World news is a great source of global news for this expat. On one hand what is happening back home is extremely important to me, on the other hand I don’t appreciate news outlets like… Continue reading Far Away From American Politics

This Will Take Some Time and Patience

  Whoever said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” did not live in Portugal. I knew some things would be different and in fact, I looked forward to change. In truth, I haven’t even been here three weeks and I hesitate to start complaining, but heck, it’s my nature to piss and moan so why wait.… Continue reading This Will Take Some Time and Patience