Moving to Portugal

Moving to Portugal

I thoroughly recommend it and have personally had a very good and enjoyable life here.

Before you come to live here you may have researched all the relevant subjects to death. Made many visits here and possibly bought a house hear ready for the big move. So you have a good understanding of what to expect when you arrive.

Friends and family will have made you nervous by saying things like “what happens if it all goes wrong” “we will miss you so much ” “you will not settle there” “what about the cultural differences” “you don’t know anyone there” and so on…..

All of which you overcome with your new found adventurous zeal and love of Portugal.

If we can look at a slightly different scenario for a moment.  Put yourself in the position of someone living in Africa for instance. They decide to move to the UK but only speak Malinke or Wolof.

They are actually in a very similar position to you moving to Portugal. A new country, new rules, strange foods, different customs . You can no doubt understand that its going to be  a stressful time for them. Learning the ropes and who to trust.

Communication – Although our imaginary African only  speaks  Malinke or Wolof. They probably know many English words and phrases that they heard in films and popular music not to mention schooling.
In fact they may be better equipped that you in starting out on your new life in central Portugal.

Top Tip –  Learn the language before you move here.
Learn the language because it will help you to explain yourself and to understand instructions which will help relive the frustration that many people feel when dealing with local government, finances or health professionals.
Learn the language because it will help you meet a wider range of people and increase your options.

I am not saying be fluent but you should have the ability to board a bus and ask for a ticket or open a bank account. Most people get buy relying on a bilingual friend. The trouble is when they cant be there your communication abilities fall off a cliff with frustration closely following.

I know many people (foreigners) who struggle to pronounce the name of the village that they live in.

Top Tip –  Join a local class, exercise, swimming, music, sewing, flower arranging there are lots to choose from. Mix with local people and you will find that not only doors open but that nixing socially with people who work in places like the council often become more helpful.

Finishing off with our imaginary African – I think that I would prefer to be arriving in Portugal for the first time as apposed to doing the same in the UK.