What My Personal A to Z of Portugal is all about
In 2012, I began working on a series of blog posts, each based on a letter of the alphabet, to create a personal A to Z of Portugal. The posts are about aspects of living and travelling in Portugal that I feel strongly about, one way or another, each based on a letter of the alphabet.
Some are about things I adore or find amusing or interesting, others are about irritations and frustrations I’ve experienced as a foreigner living and working in Portugal.
Over the years, I’ve changed some of the titles and updated the information so it’s still relevant (or annotated if it’s no longer applicable). If you’ve moved to Portugal, or are thinking of relocating, they might give you some insights into expat life in Portugal.
My Personal A to Z of Portugal posts so far:
A Is For Alva, The River Alva – Observations about the river that runs beneath our house
B Is For Beirão, Licor Beirão – My favourite Portuguese liqueur
B Is For Brambles And The Battle To Banish Them – How to tackle clearing land of brambles
C Is For Comfort In A Foreign Country – What to consider when choosing a country to relocate to. What do you need in order to feel sufficiently comfortable with your life abroad?
D Is For Daisy, Our Adopted Rescue Dog– How we met and adopted a dog from the municipal kennels in Coimbra
E Is For Eucalyptus Trees– Why are there so many eucalyptus forests in Portugal and what’s the problem with that?
F Is For Fado, Traditional Portuguese Music– Love it or hate it, this UNESCO World Heritage musical genre is unique to Portugal
G Is For Gold, Portuguese Gold– The quality of gold in Portugal is superior to that in other countries. It’s also used to make beautiful filigree jewellery
H Is For Handkerchiefs Of Love, A Romantic Portuguese Tradition– One of my favourite Portuguese crafts
I Is For Ice Cream – Our all time favourite ice cream parlour is in Figueira da Foz
J Is For Jazz In Portugal– While not my favourite genre, Jazz is popular in Portugal – find out about typical Jazz events in Central Portugal
K Is For Kissing In Portugal– Cheek kissing is a common greeting in Portugal but it’s fraught with uncertainty for the uninitiated
L Is For Lace Making In Portugal – Two towns in Portugal are particularly famous for their tradition of Bobbin lace making
M Is For Mimosa Trees– Like eucalyptus, Mimosa trees, although attractive, are a plague on Portugal’s biodiversity
N Is For Nata, Pastel de Nata– All you need to know about the famous Portuguese custard tart
O Is For Olives in Portugal – Our disastrous experience of attempting to cure olives and what professionally produced Portuguese olives are like (delicious!)
P Is For Portuguese food – Which Portuguese foods I really enjoy and recommend you try if you get the chance
Q Is For Quotes And Builders– One of the most frustrating aspects of living in Portugal is getting quotes and work done. Think twice before jumping into a renovation project!
R Is For Rain In Portugal – It’s not always sunny here – find out what it’s like to live in Portugal during extended rainy periods
S Is For Safe, At Last!– How safe is Portugal? Very – find out why…
T Is For Thigh Tiles – Curiosities about Portuguese roof tiles
U is for UNESCO World Heritage – Portugal has an ever-growing list of World Heritage sites, 4 of them are in Central Portugal
V is for Vidago Palace – A truly special hotel in the north of Portugal
W Is For Writing And Becoming A Freelance Writer – My journey from TEFL teacher to freelance writer
X Is For eXpat – Since writing this post, I’ve come to realise that I am, of course, an immigrant rather than an expat but you may find the observations and my identity struggle of interest
Y Is For Yokes – Back when beasts of burden were commonplace in Portugal, beautifully carved wooden yokes were something of a status symbol
Z Is For Zapping, The Best Way Of Paying For Public Transport In Lisbon – How to use the Zapping system in Lisbon