I’m jumping on a bandwagon! It’s not something I do very often (unless that particular bandwagon happens to contain chocolate…or cake!) but I’m taking this challenge if only because it might remind me to blog more often!
So here’s my starter for one…well, A
A is for Anniversary.
This one is definitely very personal to us because today is our 18-month anniversary of being in Portugal and very approximately our 2-year anniversary of deciding to move away from England!
On returning from a 4 week trip to Australia (which I won’t bore you with details of, suffice to say the blog is here ) Nik and I decided, once and for all, that we definitely wanted leave the UK. Having no official skills or qualifications that could allow us entry into Australia, we knew it’d have to be somewhere EU based and Portugal seemed a sensible place to start looking as Nik’s sister had been here in the Algarve for some 8 years or so. Little did we know that it’d be both the first and last place we’d be looking!
So, after a solo recce mission mid January (just me) to check out the feasibility or schooling in Portugal, followed by family recce mission to decide on exact location, the scene was set.
12th July 2010, after months of sorting, purging, selling, donating and, of course, packing, we boarded our “off to a new life” flight to Faro, picked up our hire car and drove to our new home in Lagos.
I think it’s fairly safe to say that, bar a few ups and downs, we’ve never really looked back and, 18 months on, are just amazed at how far we’ve all come.
It’s amazing what opening your curtains to blue sky 99% of the year can do for morale!
Who wouldn’t want to live here?
Other bloggers are taking part in this A-Z of Portugal challenge also.