Jo and her partner Jan set off from their home in Prague to their summer home in Marbella at the beginning of March for their regular one week a month in the sun. They ended up being locked-down for 100 days. The whole of Europe watched in horror as the Covid-19 crisis unfolded, first in… Read More 100 Days in Spain by Jo Weaver
“I’m truly settled here and I’ve created a life that I’m very happy with. If anything I would like to ramp up my writing and communications, perhaps a book, but one thing leads to another and we don’t necessarily choose our itinerary through life. I just hope I’ll still be doing what I’m doing in… Read More Real-life stories of Moving to Portugal
A Treasury of Ludicrous Attempts to Rescue Christmas by Bernadette Nason. Inspired by her mother’s attempts to create joyful traditions in tough times, and by Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Bernadette Nason has been forever striving to find the perfect Christmas, even though childhood memories haunt her. When she reads that her hometown of Winchester… Read More Stealing Baby Jesus
Louise Ross, author of The Winding Road to Portugal talks to Louise Wiles of Thriving Abroad about the rational for her book, how she approached gathering the stories and the themes that she drew from them.
“China had me rendered speechless that first day and for many months on. Then followed a gradual change in us, from feeling like aliens who’d just landed from Mars, right through the two and a half years, to a family who, while we would never truly blend in, felt like we kinda belonged. It was then… Read More How China Blonde Came to Be
Congratulations to Sarah Koblow, winner of the Lindsay de Feliz New Writer of Expat Award. Her memoir, Count Only Sunny Hours, will be published by Summertime Publishing in 2021.
“I highly recommend this book to anyone who has moved to or temporarily lived in a different country, who has a loved one or friend who has done so, or who themselves dreams of doing so. The stories illuminate the joys and challenges of that journey and provide much food for thought.” Terri Myers, Amazon… Read More Rave Reviews for The Winding Road to Portugal
Ask twenty men how they came to live in Portugal and you’ll get some surprising answers. In this clever and well-crafted book, Louise Ross sits back and lets the men do the talking in their own words, and the result is fascinating, moving and funny. Take the Aussie brothers who converted a Lisbon kebab shop… Read More Jack Scott Reviews The Winding Road to Portugal