A Word to the Wise

A Word to the Wise

Hi, and thanks for joining the party! I thought I’d begin the new year by giving you a flavor of just how eclectic a group you are. You hail from all around the United States, Germany, Portugal, England, Ireland, and Brooklyn (yes, I consider my beloved hometown...
How’s It Going?

How’s It Going?

I’ve been slow to write about the current crisis because I’ve written and video’ed so many items for International Living I feel there’s nothing new to say about SARS-CoV-2. Yet, here’s a recap on life in the countryside. We’re...
Erin Go Bragh

Erin Go Bragh

Dia Dhuit (Hello!) As St. Paddy’s Day is tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to share some Irish phrases. For the more adventurous among you, pop them into a translation app that offers pronunciation and have fun (and Go N-Eiri An T-Adh Leat — Good Luck!)....
My Three Pet* Peeves in Portugal

My Three Pet* Peeves in Portugal

Less than a month ago I stood on a stage in Las Vegas and extolled the virtues of living in Portugal. More than 500 people were attending an International Living Retire Overseas Bootcamp Conference, and not a few of them came by my table in the ballroom afterwards to...
“I Left My Phone in Old Lisboa”

“I Left My Phone in Old Lisboa”

(Sung to the tune of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”)  The loveliness of Porto seems somehow sadly gay The glory of Tomar is of another day I’d been terribly content with my fella in Penela Why did I go to that city by the Bay? I left my phone in...

(Flower) Buyer Beware!

Not long ago, a close family member fell seriously ill. Before flying to see her, I ordered flowers to be sent to her hospital room through a popular online delivery service. There were three sizes of the same arrangement from which to choose. I selected the...

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