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.