I came across a blog recently http://www.movingtoportugal.org/ that was written by a couple who had left the Algarve and gone back to London.
I was struck by how many people Portuguese included who shared their views with the readers on what they thought about living in Portugal and the UK. A lot of it was quite refreshing and no different to what you would hear in any café.
How I wonder can it be the case that the “people” know what is wrong with a country and these things are widely shared as being true. It is strange don’t you think that these topics are never uttered by politicians or tackled from the top and I mean that for both countries.
“Going back” is a much smaller step that setting off from your comfort zone and trying something new. I believe that it makes the world a better and safer place if we go off and try living in a different culture for a few months. I applaud anyone who wants to try something new. We all have dreams there is absolutely nothing wasted in the attempt and a lot to be gained.
I am lucky enough to have a good friend who was sent by his parents alone to the UK when he was 15. Further education and a university degree was the aim but a war back home left him stranded in the UK with no money. Here in Portugal when I experience indifference from people in authority, gentle racism, tourist/foreigner prices, corruption and so on. I think of him.
If at the age of 15 if he could take on every kind of ignorance thrown at him by the British population and establishment then so can I in this little part of Portugal.
I don’t regard living here in rural Portugal as some kind of a competition “who leaves last”. I just want to enjoy the freedom, weather, people and peacefulness that we have here. If at some time in the future we find that it’s time for pastures new then we will be off and not necessarily back to the UK.
Personally I have been weaned off of all the food stuffs and treats that I used to buy in the UK and it is just family that provides the pull to go back for visits. When I do I am always gobsmacked by the sheer number of people. I don’t mind standing in a cue of four people at the grilled chicken stall but I couldn’t face queuing all day to get into an Ikea.
If your dreams don’t turn out here in Portugal. Dream yourself another life and do it while you still can.