For those who think that life on an island, such as Madeira, is about relaxing … sitting on a terrace â€¦. enjoying the sun and a cold drink â€¦
â€¦ that ONLY applies to the tourists! When you decide to live on Madeira than you are not a tourist any more. There is no hotel service â€¦ no room cleaning â€¦ there is no departure back to home â€¦. And you will need to set-up a life that you normally had when you were in your home country. In fact â€¦ this is your new home country â€¦ and NOT your holiday destination. Your are part of the community in which you will be categorized as a foreigner resident on the island. You will feel that this time there will be no travel agent or guide waiting for you in the hotel or the airport with a sign. There will be no rental car waiting for you. There is no total of days or weeks you have left over before you leave the country / island and go back home. No …. you have a new home …. and you need to settle and get things organized yourself … a new life.
In other words: it is your turn now to look at the tourists … who a all relaxed … sitting on a terrace .. enjoying the sun and a cold drink …. looking at them while you are carrying 5 plastic bags full of groceries from Modelo going back towards … your home.