Hello and welcome to anybody who reads this post and hopefully goes on to follow the blog and its great to see you all from the French blog.
For those who don´t know the French blog, here is a link.
For those who don´t know us, we were Jenny and John in France, only now we have moved to Portugal, so its time to get used to being Jenny and John in Portugal.
Who are we and why will you read about us?
We have spent almost 5 years in France, where we bought a derelict house, completely renovated it and ran it as a B&B. We then moved to Spain for 6 months before returning to our village in France and where we bought another derelict.
Then Brexit hit and we had to make the decision of do we stay in France or take the plunge and move to Portugal before it was possibly too late.
So we took the plunge and moved to a country where we knew nobody, didn´t speak the language and only had a rough idea of where we wanted to live. Are we mad or about to set on the biggest adventure of our lives (again)
So how is our blog different to others?
Most people have watched one version or another of the TV show `A place in the sun´ that amazing show that shows a happy couple view a couple of houses and then all their dreams come true!
Well I write the real life version, where you have no heating, water pours down the walls and you shout, swear and argue with each other.
Life is not the bed of roses as depicted on those shows, in real life you don´t suddenly find a 50,000 Euro contingency fund, you´re lucky if you have 50,000 to start with!
If you have ever thought about giving life up in your home country and moving else where for a completely new life, this blog will tell you the reality of that decision.
We are lucky as we have an idea of what to expect as we left the UK and moved to France, but Portugal is very different. We have the bureaucracy to deal with, we have to register with health and the tax authorities, we have to import our car and we have to start with a whole new language (and as you will find out, we move to a rural village where there is very little English spoken).
As John was a professional builder we will always give tips on how to complete jobs and advice on what to do in difficult situations. Most of which are learnt by hind sight.
So I hope you enjoy our journey as much as we are hoping too, follow along and let us know if you are thinking of doing the same or if you already have.