Just Like Riding A Bike, A Little Procrastination And Leaving Lagos
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by Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go
2y ago
The Algarve Region, Portugal The phrase keeps going over and over in my mind, “It’s just like riding a bike” as I look at this blank screen before me and think of the months that have gone by since we last posted. Once we get out of the habit of writing and posting every two or so weeks, it gets easier and easier to come up with excuses to put off typing out even a short blog post. Without updates, our friends, family and those of you who follow our blog are left wondering if we fell off the edge of the earth and we receive notes asking, “Is everything okay?” In January, it was the ‘Portugue ..read more
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Living La Vida Lagos: How Much Does It REALLY Cost To Live In Lagos, Portugal?
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by Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go
2y ago
Unless you’re reading our blog for the very first time, you’ll know that we’re delighted with our adopted country of Portugal and especially, the Algarve Region where we’ve been for the last two years, busily putting down some shallow roots. For us, it’s turned out to be an excellent place to live and we love exploring the area as well as playing impromptu tour guides, sharing favorite places with friends passing through. And maybe that’s why it really bothered us when we read an article about the cost of living in the Algarve that specifically mentioned outrageously low prices in Lagos (hambu ..read more
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Fall Traditions: Aljezur’s Sweet Potato Festival and Giving Thanks
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by Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go
2y ago
It came as a bit of a shock to us, back in 2012 and traveling in Mexico, that there were no outward signs that our favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, was taking place back in the US. Nope. We moved right from the Day-of-the-Dead to Christmas songs in the markets and grocery stores, simple and elaborate Nativity tableaus, and lighted decorations on the streets. That may have been our first clue that we were carrying some ethnocentric baggage with us as we moved from country to country. Over the years, we like to think that we’ve managed to shed some of the weight of those preconceptions as we’ve l ..read more
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The Hoopla About Hoopoes, A Birdwalk, and A Three-Hour Tour
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by Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go
2y ago
In our former lives on Padre Island off the coast of Texas, one of the things we enjoyed most were the sea birds we could see in the wetlands near our house on a canal.  We never failed to be thrilled by the V formations of twenty to thirty brown pelicans skimming close to the waves at the Padre Island National Seashore or the sight of a brown pelican streaking by outside our living room window and plunging into the water to catch a fish. From our deck, we could see the birds feeding in the nearby wetlands: regal snowy egrets, white ibis, and gangly, great blue herons along with the rosea ..read more
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Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part Three
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by Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go
2y ago
  Back in 2011, when we were in the midst of preparing for full-time travel and radically downsizing, our announcements of our plans to various friends and family got a lot of different responses. From dumbfounded gapes and guffaws to “You’ll never be able to do it.” “What a great idea. I wish I could but …” “But what about______? ”  Here you can fill in the blank with: leaving a steady paycheck and our eventual financial ruin to robbers, rapists, natural disasters, not understanding a multitude of foreign languages, getting lost, people who hate Americans, etc. And right along with ..read more
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Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part Two
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by Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go
2y ago
  There’s no getting around it: writing a blog is work. It takes time.  It takes discipline. It takes waiting around for a brilliant insight to hit you or an inspiring thought (a very rare event) and slogging ahead anyway when your muse is silent. However, the effort is well worth it when we hit the ‘publish’ button and add another page to our personal time capsule.  Because, by far, our favorite thing about blogging is the comments part where we get to interact with old friends and new readers, trade ideas, exchange experiences and share some of the things we’ve learned as ful ..read more
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Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part One
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by Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go
2y ago
  Life is full of milestones and dates that mark important events and this month, we celebrated a significant anniversary.  On September 11th, 2012, we locked the door to our house on Padre Island for the last time, turned over the keys to a property manager and set off in an entirely new direction.  With the exception of our house (which we sold a couple of years later) and a safe deposit box, everything we owned was crammed neatly packed in our suitcases.  We each had a carry-on and a 24-inch suitcase plus a mid-size backpack when we set off for our first destination in ..read more
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Boot Sales, Hippie Markets and Chinese Stores
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by Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go
2y ago
cliffs by Porto de Mos, Lagos It’s been a ‘staycation’ kind of summer for us here in Lagos, Portugal, with lots of friends stopping by and making use of our guest room (if you want your friends and family to visit, just move to Portugal!) and day trips here and there.  We’ve met several new friends who have contacted us through the blog and are checking out both Portugal and the Algarve to see what all the buzz is about. We’ve also enjoyed some great conversations as well as mentally filing away travel tips and fascinating stories about future places to visit.  And, over and over ..read more
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The Antebellum Houses of Natchez, Mississippi and Monuments of The Lost Cause
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by Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go
2y ago
Natchez- Vidalia Bridge, Mississippi River Like a lot of bloggers, we keep an idea list for future posts as well as rough outlines of posts we’ve decided to scrap or for some reason or other just couldn’t figure out how we wanted to write the story about our travels there.  But the events several days ago on August 11th and 12th in Charlottesville, Virginia, had us thinking about a road-trip we took last year in September on a loop through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.  We were intent on learning more about the history and culture of some of the southern State ..read more
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Bohemian Rhapsody: Cesky Krumlov
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by Anita and Richard @ No Particular Place To Go
2y ago
  We set off from our temporary home in Prague one sunny morning and drove south through the countryside of the Czech Republic, heading for the small town of Český Krumlov close to the Czech-Austrian border. The landscapes of the Bohemian region were the kind that artists dream of: blue skies with wisps of clouds, rural farmhouses and fields freshly tilled or planted with various crops in checkered hues alternating with huge swaths of bright yellow canola well over two feet high. Time passed by almost dreamily, as we gazed out the car windows at mile after mile of flat land and gentle hi ..read more
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