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Hello, peeps!


This is just a temporary look for the promised blog, everyone!

I’ve decided to try WordPress but I’m not impressed so far. With a free blog I’m not even allowed to download my own template so I’d have to keep digging for something more suitable. Maybe even go with Blogger which is very familiar to me although not very trustworthy 🙂


Quick recap for anyone who doesn’t know the back story  or stumbled onto this blog by mistake.

March 2013 – me and Alex decided on looking for the land to try and go off-grid.

May 2013 – within 3 weeks the land is found in Portugal and bought straight away.

September 23rd  2013 – we moved!

Now, I will be writing separate posts on

– how to choose your land

– the process of buying the land in Portugal

– moving to Portugal

because this is something both me and my husband had to figure out by ourselves and I wish somewhere out there we could have just read it all, but this will not happen today.

September 23rd we arrived to Monsanto after 9 hour drive and had to park in Relva square because

a) it was way too late  to get onto the country roads.

b) we had no keys for the barn and had only a vague memory where our quinta (farm) is actually situated.

Sept 24th the situation with the road became clearer. It was absolutely inaccessible for the caravan, so the rest of the day was dedicated to unloading the caravan, putting everything into our 4 wheel drive and driving it all to the shed.

We had couple of options available:

– hiring a digger to make the road accessible

– or asking our nearest neighbor if we can use his field and cut the fence to our property for a better access.

No need to mention that the second option was preferable and by the end of the day we negotiated with the neighbor the when and how.

Wed 25th after a very trying morning, digging bits of the road, shoveling the stones from the bit of the fence and slightly scraping the caravan with our terrified cat inside we finally made it to our land and settled down!

To be continued…