We (the two foreigners in question here) are Tom, an American who has lived the expat life for more than 20 years and Janet, South African, author and writer of this blog.
We’ve both enjoyed living abroad (okay, not always) and have felt the need to create a home for ourselves somewhere, so in mid-2009, when the chaos of our life desperately required a nicer backdrop, we decided to take the plunge and build not only a house, but a life for ourselves in the Minho region of northern Portugal. As we find our feet and attempt to turn the vision and dream (delusion?) of building a house in Europe into something concrete, we hope to entertain, inform and perhaps explain (not least to ourselves) why we’ve chosen such an unlikely destination – or as a friend once hesitatingly asked: why such a backwater? ” Indeed, why? Join us as we find the answers and try to demystify the ins and outs of building a house in Portugal.