Then there were the pets. I might have a Ph.D. in pet relocation by now… I know quite a bit about exotic bird relocation, moving smushy-faced dogs, and more… In addition, much time and effort went into getting Medicare to approve enough of my dad’s meds to be able to move him, to begin with. Then I had to get here and get established with a doctor who specializes in his rare blood cancer, plus get him into the public health system to be able to gain access to the medications he needed.
I was on a quest for a loan, a house, and to get everything set up to bring my pugs, African Grey Congo parrot, and parents over just shy of four months later. My fiance finally arrived in early 2022 after waiting out several elderly dogs who couldn’t relocate (due to health reasons) to pass. I was able to procure a great loan and close on my house 90 days after arriving in Portugal (having gotten in contract another 90 days prior). I found my house online and had an on-the-ground scouter view the area, and video it and the house in detail for me.
Did I mention the house I bought got a fairly extreme remodel, changing of systems, adding solar, new cosmetics throughout, lighting, flooring, paint and SO MUCH MORE…? I was and am amazingly lucky and was befriended by a lovely Portuguese woman and her husband on my first visit in 2017. I don’t know why but she WANTED to be my friend. Thank goodness!!!
Maria João has a special place in my heart, for sure. She helped me by literally moving into my house and managing my construction project for two months. It was insane. It was also over AUGUST & September. Did you know that almost ALL of Portugal goes on vacation in August? Good luck getting anything done, ordered, or just reaching people!
Almost four months after leaving my house my shipping container arrived, and three days later my parents arrived. All of this didn’t just happen. It took work, planning, and research, it took key relationships I have developed, and it took investing in the right help for the right jobs and paying for that invaluable help. These were smart decisions that got us to this heavenly place!