This is an incredible shot:
Reminds me of the magnificent painting “The False Mirror “ by Magritte
We’re approved! Got the email while on the flight back from #Lisbon. We can’t wait! An incredible adventure is about to begin. 😍
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We’re doing our best to not just move to Portugal, but to learn the customs and truly become Portuguese. We hope to contribute to our community and eventually take on the responsibility of citizenship some day.
Finally, I’d like to acknowledge that Lisbon specifically, but Portugal in general, is in the midst of a housing crisis partly due to people like me. Foreigners with high income are paying outrages prices for housing in the heart of Lisbon, and in doing so driving up prices and sometimes displacing native Lisboans. It’s not the only problem in Lisbon’s housing market, but it’s something you should be aware of when considering a move.
People speak English everywhere, but it's no excuse to expect English, and a little bit of Português goes a long way. Folks responded well to small pleasantries like please (por favor), thank you (obrigado/a), and excuse me (desculpa), and are normally happy to switch to English if they realize you don't speak PT. We’ve been using practiceportuguese.com and their iOS app to study, and plan to do some language exchanges once we get there. I’m reading all of the PT history I can!
While I was in Lisbon, I just went to a NOS store in the Amoreiras mall and was able to get PT SIMs (you will need a NIF to do this). My phone's activation failed, and I ultimately wound up having to go back to the store the next day and get a new SIM. Two lines cost us about 70 euro a month with unlimited talk/text/5G data. During the transition it's helpful to have a phone with dual SIMs so you can juggle a US and EU SIM and not pay out the ass for roaming fees.
5G cellular is everywhere in Lisbon, and it's the proper kind with fast data. Outside of Lisbon it drops off quickly. There are several providers to choose from, all with reasonable rates. We went with NOS, but you also have Meo and Vodafone. You need a PT mobile phone number if you want to do anything, since web forms for utilities and other services often won't take a non-PT country code. In my experience, it wasn't possible to do this remotely since they would only mail SIMs to a PT address.
Another nice thing about Campo de Ourique is that it sits at the end/beginning of the 28E line - one of the famous electric trolleys that takes you through the historic districts of the city, so it's very convenient if you want to hit busy/popular areas of the city. You can ride it back to Campo, or take the bus back. Campo's closest Metro station is #Rato, and gets you anywhere you want to be - including regional train service.
On neighborhood selections, we chose Campo de Ourique because of its schools, its amenities, its family-friendly atmosphere, and its flatness. Seriously, Lisbon is super hilly, but once you get up to Campo de Ourique it's nice and flat! It's not touristy, which means that the evenings are quiet and the streets are rarely packed.
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