Live out the credit crunch in Portugal

He\’s quite right about this:

While there were never enough hours in my days in London, here in rural Portugal the time passes languorously. Once or twice a week we\’ll make the trek to the village of São Brás de Alportel but, for the most part, we relish the solitude: planting tomatoes and peppers, trekking down to the valley to draw water from the well, reading and doing chores around the house. When we arrived a few weeks ago we were dismayed at the lack of internet up here but the absence of it has given us a greater excuse to cut ourselves off, for a while, from the bustling world beyond. News from the outside world trickles slowly up into these hills.

Cheap place to live (his 400 euro a month rent sounds about right), good weather, can be "sossegado" etc.

Calling SB de Alportel "rural" isn\’t quite right really. It\’s a turn off on hte road from Faro to the airport…..but then one of the things about the Algarve is that, once you get 5 minutes away from the concrete coast you can indeed find ruralish villages. I\’m just not all that sure that being a 10 minute drive from an international airport really qualifies as "rural".

However, there is one thing I\’d really like to note. Living down there on Portuguese wages (500 a month) ain\’t nearly so much fun as living down there on English ones. The sort that might be made by a freelance writer writing a piece for the Guardian about how cheap it is to live in the Algarve for example.

2 comments on “Live out the credit crunch in Portugal

  1. 500 a month? I had no idea Portugal was so poor. That’s comparable with Central America (and poorer than some parts).

    The flipside of living in a place where a UK wage goes so far is that you can never return to Britain unless you somehow manage to quintuple your income.

  2. Sounds like he has not quite got the link between productivity and wealth creation yet.

    I bet the hours were full in London. That is what we would normally call being productive. Well, if they aren’t teachers. I also bet the hours drag on in Portugal. That is what we call being poor.

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