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What do I need to know about going abroad with my dog?

Thumbnail for the pet passport

Taking your dog abroad to Portugal or another European country and then bringing them back is pretty straightforward, if you know what you’re doing. If it’s the first time you’ve decided to take your dog on holiday or abroad with you then you really need to read up on what you should do. Simply put, […]


How to buy a car in Portugal

A new car

The news is out: we just bought a Portuguese car! She’s a little 2005 Fiat Punto, with one previous owner, low mileage, and she lived most of her life undercover. Perfect! This article has turned out to be one of my most popular ones, so I’ve tried my best to divide it up into an […]


How do I paint a swimming pool?

The swimming pool has returned back to blue after it was green

Here it is! Your step-by-step how-to guide on preparing and painting a swimming pool. I’m working on the assumption that if you can paint a wall then you can paint a pool, so I won’t be going over how to use a paintbrush! First, a little disclaimer! This guide is based on our own previous […]


How do I make pickled walnuts?

Picked walnuts in a jar

Dad is making pickled walnuts for Christmas 2013! He brought back about 60 walnuts from our huge walnut tree in Portugal. In the European Union you are allowed to bring back food that is grown in the EU and disease-free, and Portugal is part of the EU! In England pickled walnuts are a delicacy. Here is […]


Top 10 Tips on Mingling with the Locals in Portugal

Sat around a table in Peniche with some friends

My parents just got back from 3 months of living in Portugal. Before they were went out there they decided that they wanted to integrate with the community as much as possible rather than living a reclusive life. Here’s their top 10 tips for mingling with the locals and making friends: 1) Always say hello! […]


FAQ: On the Ferry Crossing with your Dog

My Mum is the risk assessor of the family. We’ve always joked that risk assessment should’ve been her vocation in life as she can think of every single eventuality. The logistics of getting humans abroad in their own vehicle is manic enough but getting dogs abroad as well is a whole different story. I think […]