Portugal!

Lutecia Smart Design Hotel in Lisbon
Full service most excellent. Highly recommend @Smiley
Staff were on point!

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Coimbra was the first capital of Portugal :portugal:.
It is centrally located with easy access to public transportation, bus or train to Lisbon and Porto. (2 hrs avg). It is known as a university town as it is here you find Universidad Coimbra the largest University in Portugal offering professional studies up to doctoral levels or short online courses. Open to residents and non-residents.






Studying here qualifies for student visa for the duration of your program. Trumps Schengen :smiley:
All the streets are cobblestone and the area has very steep hills. Very quiet, peaceful. Lots of shops, restaurants, mini marts, public transportation, taxi and Uber.
Super clean!
And yes, I am between sits till 9 April. Saw two cats wandering and a couple of gorgeous dogs in the plaza.

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Will you be housesitting in Portugal then?

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I will be home and pet sitting in London and Wales for friends and cats I met when I first started pet sitting! Haven’t seen any of them since 2020!
We are all looking forward to this.

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Hi, It’s me again. I have been frantically trying to plan my travels this spring-summer. I will be in Spain May 9th and will be done June 14th. I was wondering if testing is required to enter Portugal from Spain. Not successful in finding housesits in Portugal yet. The Ukraine situation is not helping but I am committed to go to rope now. Also concerned with travel now. Did you encountered airline delays? I need your help because my brain hurts from trying to navigate it all. Do you have any housing, airlines suggestions in Porto, Lisbon? Thank you for any advice. evag008

Hi @evag008
Stay calm and breathe deeply. Tackle each step of the process one at a time.
All requirements for Portuguese entry can be found here on the official government website.

Requirements vary depending on your nationality and where you are travelling from and through.
I was not able to find sits in Portugal either that fit the dates of my travel and I was prepared for that and I have to say I am quite satisfied with how it all worked out.
Travel from Spain into Portugal is not complicated at all and there are several options that you can tailor to your budget.
Most major airlines have service from Spain to Portugal such as TAP & British Airways
Budget no frills airlines: EasyJet and Ryan Air
There are trains and buses as well. You have to do some researching.
Rome2rio has a decent range of suggestions

I have been sharing my travel experiences in this thread
It was not without its challenges and the only flight that was delayed was the last one, Paris to Lisbon by 45 minutes because someone’s luggage had yet to make it on board. The Paris airport, from my experience is to be avoided if possible. People were great but it seemed a bit chaotic.
Don’t as yet know much about Porto because frankly it doesn’t interest me as much anymore. I like to travel slowly and relish the time in the places I am in. I’m not much for rushing around trying to see everything.
I found my apartment on AirBnB after a very long time searching and saving, and deciding.
In Lisbon, many of my AirBnB saves quickly got booked. It is a desirable popular place but there are numerous places and transportation is very easy via bus and train. I went with a bit of an upscale hotel for my first night in Lisbon. I will be returning and staying in Lisboa for a week before my return to the US. I have still to plan that out fully.
Advice: create a budget and look to see what falls into that. Portugal is not expensive at all compared to the US and UK but that is subjective.
Be aware that if you travel with luggage, public transport becomes a bit challenging. There are stairs and cobblestones everywhere.
Have Euros to pay for taxis/transport from airport. Most accept credit cards but your card may not work or they may tell you they don’t accept cards. They prefer cash. Airport taxi cost more.
Remember to always go back to the first step, breathe and stay calm.
You will figure it out, most likely not in every detail but it will all work out.

I had several unexpected things happen and many moments where I mumbled some expletives but overall I am very pleased and actually surprised at the wonderful choices I made.

Feel free to ask anything anytime. There are many people here who can chime in and help.
All the best.

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Thanks. The problem is I have too many choices. I may have to miss Portugal because there are no sits.
I have a sit in UK and Madrid. Of course those were not my first choice. But I thought the rest will follow. So I made reservations US to UK. Then came Ukraine and all went through the roof.
I am trying to stay calm but worried about connections. So begins the saga of uncertainty. I thought life was supposed to get easier after retirement.
This was my gift to myself for years of work and saving. I can’t give up now. Maybe staying on course will work out. Thanks for the encouragement.
BTW: I am glad it all worked out for you.
Stay safe, Eva

There are always many paths to the same destination/outcome. Stop thinking about the what if this or that because you will get stuck there.
Make a decision, jump and keep going.
That uncertainty is the biggest challenge and only you can take that hurdle.
Mel Robbins has a book, The 5 Second Rule_ Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage. In it she says, You are one decision away from a completely different life.
Jump!

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I just sent you a DM, but I see you may have answered my questions in your posts. Did you choose to fly into Portugal from Spain to avoid pre-flight PCR testing?

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We’ll be there in July too. On the Silver Coast. Let’s keep in touch.

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I just answered you.
I did not travel through Spain. I flew into Paris
Then Lisbon.
Ask me anything if I can help I will.

In my walking and enjoyment of this beautiful day, I came across one, two, and three.
These are the markers for the pilgrims that are walking El Camino Portugues. Of course I had to follow.





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Interesting phenomena happening in Portugal and Spain.
There’s been a yellow haze most of the day today and my photos all seemed to have a yellow filter but it’s sand blowing from the Sahara.

Keep those masks on!

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Rather eerie, isn’t it?

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Are you seeing some there in France? I had no idea thought it was normal for here but weirdo here thinks it’s pretty cool.

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That would be VERY cool, and I’m sure it makes for even better sunsets. I haven’t seen that in France, which has just been very chilly and gloomy, giving me an excuse to be lazy and just hang with the dogs.
I leave here on Friday and head to Nice on Saturday. I won’t have an excuse then. :blush:
Enjoy Coimbra — I’m sorry I missed that.

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My friend in spain just posted about the dust thing. pretty crazy and a bummer for me as i think it’s going to cover my solar panels and kill the battery in my van (that’s near malaga) so what’s in my fridge will be gross when i return in a week or so. :frowning:

But i am heading for PT at the end of the month to visit friends. so that will be fun.

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Hopefully it won’t stick heavily. I have only noticed a residue but it’s still hanging around so we shall see. Best of luck with the fridge.

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We had this in France last February… we could see it approaching and it was the weirdest thing as all of our little hamlet were out watching the sky … it hadn’t been seen in our area before so the locals were just as bewildered as us until I got on the internet :slight_smile:

With large white terraces we were cleaning up orange dust and sand for months :frowning:

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Wow truly find this fascinating. Today the yellow haze persists but no visible lingering accumulation, at least from what I have seen.
This article shows the impact on Spain. Pretty impressive.

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