Our goal here is honesty. While we love it so far in Lisbon, it’s also very hard to relocate to a new country. We don’t want to sugar coat this. We also want to try and talk about everything from the big picture to the nitty-gritty details of experiencing life in Portugal. So much of what we read and watched before moving made everything sound wonderful. This is the blog we wish we’d had as a resource.

Topics range from the (hopefully) informative (e.g. we write about our appointments with the Portuguese immigration service and how we exchanged our US driver licenses for Portuguese ones) to our observations about how life here is different from what we knew (holidays like Halloween and Christmas, for example). We’ll occasionally post a series of brief missives that aren’t particularly connected to each other or we’ll take a multi-part deep dive into a Big Important Topic of the Moment (like football or Eurovision).

We also aim to showcase original photos. Unless otherwise noted, every photo you’ll see posted has been taken by one or the other of us.

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Amy Redfield
Is moving to Portugal without having visited the country first nuts? Sure! But I did it anyway.
Scott H-K
I am an American who gave up a perfectly comfortable life in St. Louis to move to Lisbon with my spouse and dog in June, 2022. It has not always been easy. Was it worth it? Read along and find out with me.