We are Richard and Jackie. We met while teaching English as a foreign language at the British Council in Vietnam. From there we continued working for the British Council in Tunisia, Thailand and then Jordan, where Richard managed the Teaching Centre and Jackie wrote books for Macmillan Education.
Our lives changed when we went on holiday to central Portugal in May 2009. We had both wanted to live in the countryside and grow our own food and we were both interested in sustainable living. We found a decrepit farmhouse in need of much tlc and decided to just go for it there and then. We moved to Portugal in September 2009 and by July 2010 we had moved into our new home.
We also have an interest in websites. In addition to this blog, we have a record of all our travels at globalwanderings and we have a site for learners and teachers of English as a foreign language called podcastsinenglish.com.
This blog is the continuing record of all the trials and tribulations of our new life in Portugal. We hope you enjoy it!