May 29, 2017

Never get discouraged by procedures, rules and laws when planning to move abroad. A new country means a whole new structure of formalities. So next to cancelling your electricity contract, newspaper and sportclub, you should take some more things in consideration. Prob...

May 28, 2017

Before I start, let me make clear that I based this blog on a satirical article in a Portugese (!) magazine, about Portugese mothers. But there is always a little truth behind a joke and from own experience I can confirm this little truth myself. I do realise that I'm...

April 3, 2017

Am I the only one who thought life in an other country would mean a better life? It's so curious that despite of increasing life experience and knowing more and less what life is about (ups and downs, highs and lows, hills and valleys, you know what I mean), it's very...

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April 5, 2017

Although I am actually quite good at math, here in Portugal I'm frequently loosing count. That starts with the days of the week, but becomes more seriously at the doctor who describes me a recipe for some antibiotics. What's happening? If I may say so, the Portugese language has in fact some...

April 5, 2017

Sauntering through streets, can be anywhere, I always wonder what life looks like behind the doors of these houses. Tuning my imagination with the ambiance outside. Life in big, beautiful houses must be wealthy and luxury, but are these people happy? More fascinated I am in fact when I try to...

April 5, 2017

With our move to Portugal, my husband came back 'home' and I became a 'foreigner'. And as a 'good foreigner' I'm busy integrating, adapting and understanding the written and unwritten rules of my new homecountry. Although this sounds a logical thing to do 'as foreigner', it's a hell of a job....

April 4, 2017

And there you are, at the airport, ready to leave to your new homecountry. In the months of preparation there was desire, imagination and a lot of enthusiasm for this adventure. Now, the day of leaving, with everthing you own already on its way in a big truck and with the little remaining in...

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Or in other words, welcome. Thank you for visiting my website. I will share with you everything about the Portugese life, will bring you off-the-road to hidden 'places to be'. Join me on my travels through my new home country and journey through my life abroad. I'm Marleen, 38 years and Dutch, living in Portugal and trying to addept, integrate, being flexible, not loosing myself out of sight and keep on smiling. Life is good!

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