@luise We watched every single one of your videos over the weekend. What a trip from the UK! We learned a lot and appreciate you creating them. We're going to feel like we know you soon. The one-sided relationships are what's weird about blogging, right?
The information you shared about the NIF and bank account was very useful. For some reason I had it in my head that we would need to go to Lisbon and hire a lawyer to register for our NIFs. Knowing that we can take care of it in Coimbra is very useful -- and seems to reduce my stress about it somehow.
Thank you for the info and the link to your videos. We're subscribed now and looking forward to following your journey.
For those who haven't discovered Luise's channel yet, she can be found on YouTube at Solo 50plus Expat Portugal.
This is a nice development.
I have never been to Portugal, either. We were planning to move to France for some more wine industry education, but I realized I would just rather get on with the business of retirement and travel. Portugal has emerged as the frontrunner for an affordable base in Europe. Coimbra is one of my primary areas of interest to explore for living.
I will be monitoring this and other regional areas for information on expat life at modest costs. We will be 60F/55M when we come over in June, 2022. Starting the FIRE budget at $3600 USD / month. Does this seem appropriate for a not particularly flashy couple who are comfortable in Mexico and South America without a lot of stuff?
Fellow Coimbra-Area Groupies,
Could anyone recommend a taxi/Uber/Lyft-type company or an individual driver known to you that could be contacted in advance for assistance with errand-running between the mountain hinterlands and nearby local village(s) during an upcoming trip in August 2021?
I recall hearing that it was not hard to find such, e.g, if you do once get a taxi then you will likely be offered a card to call for future rides. Is that still reasonable to hope for if your destination is far out in the country versus near a big city like Coimbra itself? Or has COVID has changed the likelihood of success?
Thanks for your thoughts and ideas!
Hi Coimbra-area Peeps!
Just returned from three weeks in Portugal, most of which was spent hiking around the Xisto villages in Lousa and Gois "near" Coimbra, and had a fantastic time! Thank you, @thomasribatejo and @Gerry (and your companions), and Miguel Frada of the Tech Store in Anadia, too, for your gracious and wonderfully informative (and funny) help along the way. (I would love to have connected with @luise as well but our schedules didn't match, and @carlm, I figured you would be too busy avoiding wine to meet up, but hope to catch you on a second trip. 😉 )
Dark-sky night fans: Wow! The silence and sights in the Serra Lousa at night are as Sara wrote -- gorgeous. For fans of rural life, the village of Aigra Nova offered a night-sky walk from there to Aigra Velha while I was there, and the nearby town of Góis was even highlighting this aspect of Coimbra area tourism with night-sky bulletin boards. The river beaches and boardwalks at Góis and the Lousã castle were lively and picturesque, the Xisto Villages and the Xisto Village network hikes in both areas were breathtaking -- one incredibly gorgeous view after another -- and the serenity and variety of the flora and fauna of the mountains and the protected natural regions therein were among the best I have ever hiked, from New Zealand to China to the U.S.
Brief stays in Lisbon, Santarém, and Coimbra also yielded gems and unexpected treats. For just one instance, if you are in Coimbra in the next month or so, consider checking out this free tour of a gorgeous old church, hosted by a lovely woman who is offering them (in English and German, too) as part of her training in tourism.
With a big shout-out to all at Expats Portugal (the team and all you fellow expats) for the info, connections and assistance that helped make it possible,
P.S. @saracruz, because of my uncertainty about the time I would actually have in Coimbra on this trip, I missed scheduling an area tour with you, but that is high on my "to-do" for my next trip. Thanks for all of the info you share!
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