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Hi, yet another Portugal lover getting, albeit it very slowly, to reside in Portugal  

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(@bernie)
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16/05/2020 8:56 pm  

I fell in love with Portugal on my first visit in 1966 (half-day stop on a boat en route to live in Brasil) and have always longed to return later in life as a resident. Well, now retired, and after thirty years living in France, I am now able to travel by car to Portugal for a few weeks to 'over winter'. Those few weeks have now become six months so I now like to think that I live in Portugal and go to my 'Holiday Home' in France for the summer. I obtained 'Residencia' last year but still rent for the winter period I spend here. Just like to add that the Portuguese spoken here in Algarve, though basically the same language as that spoken in Brasil, is totally foreign to my ears! If English isn't of any use when trying to converse with local Algarviens, then I usually find that French is understood without a problem.


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(@gerry)
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17/05/2020 12:54 pm  

@bernie

Bonjour Bernie and a warm welcome to our community. Portugal must have been a very different place in 1966. Your comments on language remind me of two Chinese friends of mine. Each has a different dialect of Mandarin so they have to communicate with each other in English.

I hope you thoroughly enjoy your retirement in the Algarve. 😎 


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(@bernie)
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17/05/2020 1:40 pm  

@gerry Yes, but Lisbon is very much the same except for the new trams and a lot more cars. I have a Portuguese friend here in Lagos who is helping me to 'resurrect' my Portuguese; she laughs at my Brasilian accent but can understand my attempts to speak European Portuguese.  On the other hand, I still can't get to grips with the Portuguese accent, especially here in Algarve so we converse in French as her English is null; but getting better.

I have to go home to France next week (been here seven months) but will be back in late October for the winter. 


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