I’ve been using Practice Portuguese for a couple weeks now and wanted to introduce myself. I’m Paula, my wife’s name is Serafina. We currently live in Austin, Texas in the USA.
We first started thinking about moving to Portugal about three years ago. We made our first trip there two years ago and all of our positive thoughts about the country were confirmed. We loved it! We’ve visited Lisboa, Coimbra, Aveiro, and Porto. We’re pretty decided on moving to Porto and have visited there twice now. We had hoped to return there for Christmas this year but alas COVID.
At this point we are about two years out from our move. I’m self employed and can work remotely. My wife has two years until she is vested in her pension with her work so that is the limiting factor.
We both started learning Portuguese first through Memrise and then through Gabe Wyner’s Fluent Forever model which we really liked. After learning the basic 625 word vocabulary, I joined PP.
We’re both anxious about the whole process of immigration, mostly jumping through all the hoops. I also worry as I am Trans and while I know Portugal has wonderful non discrimination laws, (and we’ve never experienced any hint of discrimination in our visits) discrimination does still exist and could potentially pop up in dealing with bureaucracies. We’ll probably hire an attorney in Porto to help facilitate the process.
I know I’ve been long winded. Thanks for reading this and thanks for all you do for this site.