2014 Update

Firstly – Happy New Year to all my visitors! It’s great to see that this blog still gets a lot of interest and has been able to help some people. I was excited to see its had over 10,000 hits since launching it!

I know that I haven’t been around for a while, so I thought I would share a little update.

Paulo and I have been together now for 4 years now, and in the UK for 2. He acquired his UK Visa in June 2012, so we are now looking to apply for our renewal which we give him ‘Indefinite leave to remain.’

After first moving to the UK we lived in Braintree for 1 1/2 years, which although being a small city, we loved! Since July of last year we have been living near Watford, London. We moved this way due to my new job (Which I’ve since left,) and are enjoying being closer to London!

The plan is to update this blog with information of our UK visa application soon. We are visiting Brasil soon which I’m excited about too!

All the best for 2014

Chris

Same Sex Marriage in UK – Get Married from March 29th 2014!

Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in July 2013 and will come into force on 13 March 2014, with the first same-sex marriages taking place on 29 March 2014.

For lots of further reading head here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_the_United_Kingdom

Traveling Experience

As most of you know I now have a proto-call number which allows you to travel in and out of the country as you please as long as you do not remain outside the country for more than 3 months. This is not my first time leaving the country on my Protocall number but i will give you some feedback of what I’ve experienced so far –

  • The white immigration form you are given when first entering the country (for example leaving England to go to Brazil as a tourist) is now given to you when you leave Brazil, and taken off of you when you return to Brazil
  • They tend to look at your Protocall number with confusion at first, but after leaving the desk to speak to their supervisor everything has been fine in my experience
  • They stamp your passport when you leave and enter the country
  • Ensure you bring the letter you get with your protocall number, just incase

My Brazilian partner left the country to Europe for the first time ever, so we went through the research for this too! Here’s what we needed –

  • Some countries in Europe require your partner to have Insurance. It was needed in our case for Italy & France. UK Doesn’t have this as a requirement (at time of posting)
  • Money to support while in each country.
  • Documentation to show that he was leaving the country
  • Hotels / Hostel confirmation
  • Letter from my parents to say my partner was staying with me, and that they would support while we stayed in the UK. This was so we didn’t have to have so much money with us, and also proved that we had support

So above is what we prepared, and below is what happened

  • After exiting the ship in Italy, we went through NO border control
  • When flying within Rome no questions were asked
  • When flying from France to England the only question asked was when was he leaving
  • In England, Our main worry, He was asked numerous questions but no documentation was asked for. He was asked – How long are you staying, Where are you staying, Why are you here, and (randomly) where did you learn English?

We are both worriers, which didn’t help, but generally there doesn’t seem to be much problem for Brazilians traveling around Europe, but have the documents prepared in the case that you are asked for them!

Any questions, Please ask!

Chris

Back2Brazil

Good Evening Bloggers!

Well, I’m back in Brazil! What a trip! It truly has been amazing!

We first Cruised across the Atlantic with a friend we used to work with on Royal Caribbean, visiting Santos, Rio, Salvador, Tenerife, departing in Rome. Following this we Trained across to Pisa, Luca, Florence, Rome and Venice, then popped over to France to visit DisneyLand Paris, and Paris, finishing our travels with a 3 week stop in England with my parents!

Was great to see friends, old and new, and have to admit, I’m a bit sad to be back! Now it’s time for us to get our act together and plan our future.

Our options? Ship Life once more, OR, Rio de Janeiro!

Any Rio bloggers!? Get in touch!

I will post tomorrow my experience of the travels in regards to Visas, both for me, and for the brazilian!

Sorry for the recent neglect, but full speed ahead for some more regular posting!

Chris

Travels…

Good Afternoon!

I just wanted to send a quick post to let you know that my neglecting of this Blog has been due to my very last minute travels around Europe!

We embarked on a Cruise starting from Brazil to Italy on the 13th March, arriving in Italy the 27th. After visiting numerous cities in Italy, Disney in Paris, and Paris, we are now back at my Parents in Sunny England!

Once back in Brazil I will be updating the blog more regularly, but for now, Sorry for the delays in updates!

As ever, feel free to send me Questions or comments, I love to hear from each and every one of you!

Chris

Missing the UK

After 6 months, a protocall number in hand, and an inner call to return to my home city, its time to venture back to England.

Over the past months I learnt to love all of Brazil’s little magic touches –

Farofa, Mandioca, Rodizio ( I love all you can eat anywhere in the world!) and of course the amazing Caipirinha. Word of warning – Try and remember that you are technically drinking straight Vodka. I forgot that a few times! : /

With strikes, snow, ice, and general winter horribleness, fingers crossed for an Un-disrupted journey back to the, unusually cold, UK!