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Moving To Portugal – Expat Story 2

 

We thought it would be helpful to have some Q&A’s from real people who have made the move already.Some are newly arrived, others have been here for much longer, meaning you can get a broad range of experiences from people to get a real feel for what it is like to move to Portugal and start living your dream!

Today we meet South African Ricky De Agrila who moved to Portugal in 2017!

How did you find Pure Portugal? Did you know of us before moving?
I found you first through Facebook.

What made you decide to move to Portugal from South Africa?
I descend from Portuguese family and thought getting in touch with my roots would be great.

 

Have you lived in any other countries before moving to Portugal?
Yes I have lived in Australia before.

How does life in Portugal compare to living in another country?
Each has their benefits and down sides. It’s about personal needs and preference.

Did you visit Portugal many times before buying/renting somewhere?
I visited twice, once in 2006 and again in 2017.

Is the property you purchased/rented what you envisaged you would live in when you first dreamed of moving to Portugal?
I didnt have any fixed ideas really. It is great though, I purchased a property and am very happy with the area and place I chose.

What is day to day life like now in comparison to your old life?
A lot more hands on work now than previously, life was easier before, I am still discovering how best to get general things done. Life can be a bit more time consuming but so far it is definitely more interesting than having hired help and knowing your way around.

Does Portugal feel like home yet?
Yes.

If you could give one tip to someone still thinking about making the move what would it be?
It depends on their personal situation, I would say move gradually if that is an option in your circumstances, take it a few months at a time.

What is the most difficult thing about living in Portugal?
The toll roads and parking habits!

What is the most positive thing about your move so far?
Great to live in the area Malveira De Serra, Lisbon.   Lovely people.

Did you find the insurances and visa process difficult?
No because I was already a Portuguese citizen.

If we had just one day in the area you have moved too what would you tell us is a must do/see?
Hike in the mountains and surf.

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