Emigrating to Bulgaria from Portugal


This is a whole beginning for me. Leaving most of my belongings, my family and even one of my pets behind. In fact, neither my guitars nor my bicycle are coming with me.

I quit my job last wednesday after receiving a confirmation about this job opportunity I’m having in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. I purchased a one-way flight ticket and I’ll be flying with Vueling to Sofia, with a 5 hour lay off in Barcelona, Spain.

Despite loving my home country, Portugal, I no longer feel happy here. It’s difficult to leave a place behind when you love it as much as I love Lisbon, the city where I was born, raised, and where I lived for my entire life. Believe me when I’m saying that this is probably one of the most difficult choices I ever had to make. One of the reasons why I’m doing it, is because I want a better life, a life that, speaking monetarily, Portugal can’t offer me. I want to pursue a different career and I want to have a nice life. I know money isn’t everything, and this is where the 3rd reason comes up. I want freedom for me and for my wife.

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2 years ago me and my girlfriend moved in together thinking we were gonna have finally the life we always wished. But, let me tell you how difficult it was. I work during the day, and she works during the night. She has also a 2nd part-time job, so that we can have a better life, but money isn’t everything, and we didn’t have any free time for ourselves. We have been living together for almost 2 years, seeing each other very rarely and enjoying just 1 or 2 weekends together per year. Now, and for the first time in 2 years, we’ll get to see each other every night and spend our days off together!

I will be moving towards Sofia, Bulgaria on the 24th of June, next Friday, to be exact. As for her, she has her flight scheduled for the 15th of July. Our cat is definitely coming with us, we would never leave Nico behind, as for my turtle she will have to stay in Portugal, at least until I find a way of taking her with me to Sofia, as it is strictly forbidden to travel with a turtle by plane.

We will find some obstacles that we will have to overcome, as per example, the language. Bulgarian seems to be a very difficult language, completely different from the ones I’m used to, with a completely different alphabet. We will have no car, as we’re leaving our cars behind. The temperatures in Bulgaria sound crazy, never in my life I have experienced negative celsius degrees, and I’ve heard it does reach -20º Celsius.

It’s a complete new change… for us, for our cat and even for all of our friends and family who will no longer get to see us very often.

I just want to be received by Bulgaria with its arms wide open.