Originally Posted by Dave47
yeah tbh just a sign of how fragmented the EU is now
I could go further into it but it's not the politics forum so don't want to go off tangent on this area, but yeah suffice to say it's a pity the way the EU has gone in recent times alright.
Originally Posted by 1aday
With Regards2Portugal, I dont need my own pool, but a communal pool is fine. Just want to turn up, have a couple months there, chill in the sun, grind some poker at night,
lounge around at the pool, have a few beers.
By the sounds of this the Algarve is your only realistic option. I'm far from an expert on the Algarve tbh. In general it's more expensive there than the rest of Portugal due to the high percentage of ex-pats that live there. But imo it does have the best weather - milder and less rainy winters and if you're near the coast normally (2 summers ago Algarve was scorching) not excessively hot like other regions can be. If you were to share with others then €300 a month would be doable I imagine, I doubt if you could something niceish just on your own for that sort of money.
I've also been asked via PM a couple of questions which I'll answer here
1. if bwin was only forced to stop advertising, but still accepts bets from Portuguese IPs?
AFAIK this is the case. I read two articles http://pokerpt.com/forum/post303101....t=bwin#p303101
(obviously these articles are in Portuguese - so use a translating tool - should be able to give you the gist of it) which suggest to me that Bwin have been forced to stop advertising and sponsoring here but nothing I read suggests that they have been forced as yet to stop operating here. But let me be clear I haven't placed a bet since last summer so I'm not a big sports bettor and it's possible that things are happening that I'm not aware of - I do know people who are regular sports bettors and haven't heard that they have to stop, but I will ask.
2. Which areas of Lisbon would you recommend when looking for an apartment (would looking for a modern, furnished 1bedroom apartment up to 800-1.000 EUR per month incl. all utilities).
I'm not at all an expert on Lisbon especially in terms of the good areas to live. I only go there to visit 4 or 5 times a year and stay centrally. For 800 to 1000 euros I think you can find yourself a nice one bedroom apartment no problem though and at that price it should virtually be by default in a good area. If you want to go out and party it up - the main area for this is the Bairro Alto - this is within walking distance of the centre (though a steep walk as it's on a hill - like much of the old city)
The best thing to do really is google estate agents (imobiliarias in Portuguese) there - www.remax.pt
is one of the largest estate agents and many private renters use sites such as olx http://lisboacity.olx.pt/casa-partam...luguer-cat-363
- of course to contact private renters you'd need to communicate in Portuguese. A good way to enjoy a cheap trip to Lisbon imo is to stay in a good hostel there then you could check out the different areas and get a feel for what would suit you - Lisbon has some of the best hostels going. just check them out on hostelworld.com or one of the other hostel booking sites.