Our shipping container is being delivered today and I am equal parts excited - about having our stuff - and anxious - about how to store everything and the mess of putting it all up/away. But if these are the worst of my problems, I’m fortunate.

We did not uproot and move to to sit in front of a television. That said, our TV arrives on Tuesday, and I cannot fucking wait to veg out and catch up on literal months of missed shows: Stranger Things, Sandman, For All Mankind, Beavis and Butthead, What We Do in the Shadows, The Boys, West World, Ms. Marvel, and the list goes on. There is so much to do and see here, and I promise after I catch up I'm back to it all.

7/x itself, and rightly so.

9. No one is in a hurry to serve you. It's not that they're rude, but that's just not the way things are. This is a big reason we moved here, and we're learning to be more patient. This is the way life ought to be - people don't exist just to take care of you. Everyone has their own interests, motivations, and needs, and those seem to be better represented here.

10. Dogs! Dogs everywhere. This may be specific to - I don't know - but people everywhere have

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Fun and little-known fact: "Friday" in português is called "sexta-feira," because it's the day for having sex.

Yo you can get 4 hamburger patties and a pack of 4 buns here, leaving no extra ones to go stale like in the US. Incredible

At least my wife's purses arrived here undamaged and unchallenged by Portuguese customs. If they had challenged that valuation we might have had to drop them into the harbor.

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- Once we land in MAD at 23:30, we will take a private van from Madrid to Lisbon, putting us there about 06:00 on 7/1

Airports are totally fucked right now. The poetry isn't lost on me that we worked 6 months of paperwork and legwork to leave the country, only to be thwarted by airlines at the very end. But I write this from a plane between KEF and MAD, and come hell or high water I will be in soon.

All this to say - don't travel right now. Airports can't handle the capacity.

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- by 4:00am we managed to lug our dog, 5 year old, and 7 suitcases to a hotel
- My daughter and I were rebooked on a flight to via Heathrow and Amsterdam on 6/30. I canceled it, because AMS and LHR are absolute clusterfucks right now.
- My wife was rebooked on a flight via JFK to LIS on 6/30 with our dog
- I snagged a flight to MAD (Madrid) by way of KEF (Reykjavik) to avoid some of the crazier airports.

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Okay, last two - because the one way flight to Portugal is today! I’ve sort of veered into all of Portugal and not just Lisbon, but it’s hard to contain ourselves to just Lisbon. While it will be home, it will also be a launch pad for all of our other adventures!

Looking forward to

- Being part of our community. I hope we’ll know our neighbors and take an active part in our community.
- Museum of the Orient!

Well, we ended up sick last week, which means we bumped out flight out of the country from Saturday to Tuesday. We'll be out soon, but I also have a few days to catch up on looking forward to , so here we go!

- Watching my daughter play under a 300+ year old aqueduct :)
- Taking the train to Cascais for the beach!
- River cruise up the Douro Valley :D
- Traveling to Nazaré to see the giant wave

Looking forward to

This sounds weird but - cured meats. I saw some amazing shops with fresh cuts and cured meats and sausages, and I can't wait to sample them all - along with some bomb ass cheeses. 🤤

Two more - looking forward to !

- Touring Portugal's amazing wine regions. Maybe we'll do a river cruise on the Douro? The river valley looks gorgeous.

- Finally getting our national ID card so we can then get our permanent viagem transportation card 😃 Our appointment with SEF is in October (still a long way out), after which time our visa will convert to a residence permit and we'll get national IDs.

Our shipping container has been picked up and is now headed for the port of Savannah. If our art and books don't melt from the fucking heat, we'll be lucky

I owe you two! Looking forward to

- Learning Português, of course!
- FINALLY getting to see a Sporting Lisbon or Benfica match! We're a house divided - my wife has decided she's a Benfica fan and I suspect I'll support Sporting :)

Looking forward to

Festivals! There are a number of local and regional festivals throughout the year with outdoor events, parties, food, and processions. A lot of them are based on Saints or religious events but they seem to draw the whole community out.

Another catchup today! 😅

Looking forward to

- Cool evenings in the Jardim de Parada
- A much more extensive tour of the palace at Sintra (our first tour was beset by rain and a short timetable)

Looking forward to

2€ beers and wine in every park in the city!

Looking forward to all of the sunlight in the new apartment in . We’re going to fill the windows with - monstera, birds of paradise, money trees, aloe, etc. and the back terrace :)

Okay missed a few days traveling and still have poor internet up here in north Louisiana, so here are three things I’m looking forward to:

- Castles! So many castles.
- Exploring the country outside Lisbon.
- Language exchanges with português speakers. O meu português e mau 😆

Every day I'll share something I'm looking forward to about .

Today's:

Walking everywhere! We won't have cars so our lifestyle will change dramatically coming from suburban Atlanta. Looking forward to walking everywhere!

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