Painting the House

Portugal is in a different time zone to everywhere else in the world. Time and date appear to mean nothing here. In August I had a couple of painters and decorators over to give me an indication as to the cost of an exterior revamp of my property. I have to say, I was a … Read more

Engaging the Worst of People

I have to say that when you meet a bad person, they sure can be bad. There are differing degrees of badness, and the person I’m talking about is just about the pits. I know he will be in the smallest of minorities, as for the most, I’ve found the Portuguese to be most welcoming … Read more

NIF Number Required for 9 Cent Spend.

There are times when there appears to be no logic in how things work here in Portugal. I’ve bought many items for amounts up to perhaps 1200 euros and almost never have I been asked for my NIF number. For those that don’t know what that is, it’s a tax identification number associated to those … Read more

There is No Rush for the Portuguese

It all seems to have been very hectic here. I’m not sure why though because all that’s happening, happens very slowly. For some reason, I seem bogged down with work and my Portuguese lessons add some, as does my home study. Arranging the heating in some ways has been a nightmare and I never appreciated … Read more

My Electric Wiring Has Retired

It’s a delightful thing being a home owner, and it’s even better when you don’t know what the hell has occurred in that home in past times, and therefore provides many an unexpected surprise. My electrics are dicky and I mean dicky big time. On occasions I feel it’s Christmas Day with the flashing lights … Read more