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Bom dia a todos!!!

We are Althea & Sunil and we have begun the process FIRE'ing and moving our lives from Austin, Texas, USA to Lisbon!!!

Althea visited Lisbon/Coimbra/Porto at the end of August and Sunil will be visiting Lisbon at the end of November. We are hoping to complete our move to Lisbon in the spring of 2022.

We've been watching Carl & co on YouTube for a while now (after the fact, because 2:30am is way too early to watch live), and have learned A LOT already!!!

Looking forward to beginning the next chapter of our lives in Portugal!

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(@thunderduck)
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Howdy! And welcome to the forum! You've come to the right place. We lived out in the country about 50 miles north of Austin before moving to Lisbon earlier this year. 

We had planned to move to the countryside here but fell in love with Lisbon. So much so that we just added two years to our lease. This is an amazing city. You will love it here. 

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@maxgravy Wow that is great to hear! We’re thinking we’ll end up out in the countryside eventually too, but hope a couple years in Lisbon first will ensure we have more exposure to the language and culture before we dive into a remote situation. How cool that you have loved it so much!

Is there a part of town you recommend for looking to live in? We hope to make the most of all the veg-friendly restaurants, as well as hitting a neighborhood mercado for fresh fruit and veg on a regular basis… beyond that we want to be near a nice park and not too-near Chiado, Baixa and the surrounding intense tourist spots… What we’re finding is that we’re blessed with an excess of neighborhoods that qualify based on these characteristics! Any recs you have would be welcome!

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@sunil We'll probably end up in the countryside as well, but not for a few more years, at least. Lisbon has so much to offer.  

Our favorite park is Jardim das Amoreiras next to the Reservatório da Mãe d'Água. It's a beautiful lush park with a cool quiosque. A unique little chapel from the 1700s is built right under the aqueduct which runs down the side of the park. 

I agree with you about Chiado and Baixa. Fun places to visit but you don't want to live there. We're near the zoo in São Domingos de Benfica. Close enough to walk just about anywhere in Lisbon, or a short reasonable uber ride. 

We considered moving a bit closer to the center but instead we renegotiated our lease and decided to stay put. This is a nice quiet neighborhood with several grocery stores and a lot of shops. 

We're mostly vegan. We eat fish once or twice a week, but never dairy. I'm allergic to dairy. We dine a lot at vegan restaurants. I can give you many recommendations. There are so many to choose from here. MUCH better than in Texas, lol. If you want, send me a message when you're here and we can meet up. 

Also, I'm Thunder Duck on youtube/GMP. 

 

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welcome to the group, good luck with your plans 😀 

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thanks, Pam!

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