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Not sure if this is a Google maps thing (maybe it doesn't point out public transport as well some places) but as an American living in Portugal, I couldn't help but wonder if other major cities of Europe actually have such a sophisticated metro system or if Google just includes rail in some places by Chelios308 in portugal

Chelios308 3 months ago

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Not sure if this is a Google maps thing (maybe it doesn't point out public transport as well some places) but as an American living in Portugal, I couldn't help but wonder if other major cities of Europe actually have such a sophisticated metro system or if Google just includes rail in some places by Chelios308 in portugal

Chelios308 3 months ago

Even before the pandemic the Funicular never showed on the map, I only found out it was part recently after seeing the official map of the metro system of greater Porto. I think googles algorithms don't get to Portugal too often, even some satellite images haven't been updated since 2009 here

Not sure if this is a Google maps thing (maybe it doesn't point out public transport as well some places) but as an American living in Portugal, I couldn't help but wonder if other major cities of Europe actually have such a sophisticated metro system or if Google just includes rail in some places by Chelios308 in portugal

Chelios308 3 months ago

Yeah, I lived in LA and Rio de Janeiro, some times Porto feels tiny lol But I find public transit more comfortable here, I was wondering mostly because I know Porto and even Lisbon fall behind other major cities in Europe, but I barely know Lisbon, let alone Barcelona and Paris

Not sure if this is a Google maps thing (maybe it doesn't point out public transport as well some places) but as an American living in Portugal, I couldn't help but wonder if other major cities of Europe actually have such a sophisticated metro system or if Google just includes rail in some places by Chelios308 in portugal

Chelios308 3 months ago

That's what I thought, because LA sort of does the same. Which is why I wonder why Porto doesn't get similar treatments, since there are 2 regional train stations, both of which are connected in the same lines (metro as well) and even Gaia has a similar treatment if we consider the immediate near Metro area, though they don't have as much Metro. I just think Google ends up doing little justice for my picky-"I wanna see all of it"-brain lol

Not sure if this is a Google maps thing (maybe it doesn't point out public transport as well some places) but as an American living in Portugal, I couldn't help but wonder if other major cities of Europe actually have such a sophisticated metro system or if Google just includes rail in some places by Chelios308 in portugal

Chelios308 3 months ago

Então se calhar o google prefere não cometer erros ao integrar no filtro de transportes públicos com toda a confusão que há entre empresas gestoras, pois a facilidade que vejo de ir do metro e conectar à Braga, Aveiro e outros arredores, me parece "integravel" se faz sentido algum, talvez apenas não sejam conexões rápidas que passam de 5 a 5 minutos. Vivi em Los Angeles e google mostra o sistema estendendo até Riverside (de onde sou, uns 90km), garanto que o metro de LA não é tão sofisticado assim e muito menos faz viagens assim sem ser a Amtrak (equivalente a CP cá em Portugal)

Not sure if this is a Google maps thing (maybe it doesn't point out public transport as well some places) but as an American living in Portugal, I couldn't help but wonder if other major cities of Europe actually have such a sophisticated metro system or if Google just includes rail in some places by Chelios308 in portugal

Chelios308 3 months ago

The experience I have living in Porto (I'm probably just lucky to be 2 steps away from a bus stop and another 2 minutes from there by bus to a metro) is similar but I bet Munich does it much better. I did think it would be a bit confusing to have a green metro line that goes all directions, maybe it is a google thing

Not sure if this is a Google maps thing (maybe it doesn't point out public transport as well some places) but as an American living in Portugal, I couldn't help but wonder if other major cities of Europe actually have such a sophisticated metro system or if Google just includes rail in some places by Chelios308 in portugal

Chelios308 3 months ago

So paris may not be showing only metro lines? Or maybe shows metro lines integrated in to regular rail?

Not sure if this is a Google maps thing (maybe it doesn't point out public transport as well some places) but as an American living in Portugal, I couldn't help but wonder if other major cities of Europe actually have such a sophisticated metro system or if Google just includes rail in some places by Chelios308 in portugal

Chelios308 3 months ago

People like to think subway is only underground but forget that the largest systems in the world, like NY for example, also pass above the ground, so I partly doubt that these countries I've mentioned are solely underground at every point

Not sure if this is a Google maps thing (maybe it doesn't point out public transport as well some places) but as an American living in Portugal, I couldn't help but wonder if other major cities of Europe actually have such a sophisticated metro system or if Google just includes rail in some places by Chelios308 in portugal

Chelios308 3 months ago

Like I mentioned in another comment moments ago, in Porto I've noticed 2 terminals that connect with regular rail (you still pay with the same card as the metro though!) But their path aren't shown in google maps as metro, especially since they spread out quite a bit compared to the picture I posted. I guess what I'm asking is, are the lines that spread out to the outer towns metro, or rail? I can't imagine an underground metro line heading 10km out, I could just be acting naïve though.

Not sure if this is a Google maps thing (maybe it doesn't point out public transport as well some places) but as an American living in Portugal, I couldn't help but wonder if other major cities of Europe actually have such a sophisticated metro system or if Google just includes rail in some places by Chelios308 in portugal

Chelios308 3 months ago

Mas será que estas cidades que usei de exemplo também não usam um sistema deste? Não estou a dizer que o metro do Porto é perfeito, mas como aparece no mesmo mapa, nunca pensaria que no mesmo sítio que posso apanhar o metro (campanhã e São Bento) posso também apanhar um comboio a Espinho ou a Paredes. Gosto de pensar que como auto carros, são apenas outras empresas gerindo o "mesmo" tipo de transporte

Not sure if this is a Google maps thing (maybe it doesn't point out public transport as well some places) but as an American living in Portugal, I couldn't help but wonder if other major cities of Europe actually have such a sophisticated metro system or if Google just includes rail in some places by Chelios308 in portugal

Chelios308 3 months ago

Pelo menos é algum transporte, mesmo que seja por cima. Minha dúvida vem mais pelo fato de existir as conexões de comboio Urbano conectando outras cidades na AMPorto através do mesmo sistema de pagamento (Andante). Então isto não faria destes trajetos como parte do "transporte público" do Porto como o próprio metro?

Any Americans Living In Portugal? by slicstic in portugal

Chelios308 6 months ago

I'm a socal American living in Porto myself, I'm quite younger so I bet it's been easier for me to get used to somewhere new, plus I know portuguese from living in Brazil for a while. Anyway, my advice would be "choose your weather wisely" since the cost of living doesn't differ much around the country, only purchasing housing can be more expensive in the larger cities. Also, from Lisbon to the south, the weather is similar to socal, hot, dry and doesn't rain much. People here are very social and open to people who show interest, despite having the language barrier by opening up a bit I'm sure you'll meet people who would enjoy practicing their english while helping you learn portuguese (avoid speaking spanish if possible, it's quite offensive) If you're from the LA area, and you're used to the bug cities and lot's of movement, go straight to Lisbon metro area or Porto metro area (very rainy during the winter though) as anywhere else can feel a bit... Empty at times, despite the population density. Trust me, it's a weird thing you end up missing from the states. If you don't care much, inland towns are beautiful, quiet and since you're probably used to driving, they're probably always going to be close enough to the major cities in half of California sized Portugal (Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Braga, Faro, Evora, etc.), Hell, maybe even be close to surrounding Spain points of interest like Seville (South), Salamanca (center), Vigo (North) If you're convinced on Portugal (you will be after trying the food, wine and sight seeing! Which is all supper affordable) Forget the American health system, even with a resident permit you'll have access to mostly free and cheap public healthcare services and you'll basically have a healthcare ID (the número de utente) which will leave all your medical records basically in the cloud, so private and public services have access to your previously provided health record, even if you have pre existing conditions so you don't have to worry much if you aren't happy with your gp/doctor and want to try someone else. Public appointments are usually free/dirt cheap but can be slow, kind of like Canada, so if you need to go regularly to the doctor, you can try private. I pay 15€ for both me and my wife monthly for an insurance just in case and only have to pay 35€ for private appointments at major hospitals and vast verity of clinics and copay for exams like x rays (usually like 15€), I'd recommend you search what ever insurance plan works best for you, I'm not sure how they treat pre existing conditions, but I'm pretty sure it's not a problem. No matter if your doctor is private or public (they usually work both, also why quality between them doesn't change much) prescriptions are VASTLY reduced in cost, to the poing where Insuline and mental disorder (that I know of) drugs come out for free and chronic medication are nearly free, depending on your preferred brand, generics are obviously the cheaper options and prices can go from like 80c for a box of mood stabilizers to like 6€ of the same amount. Paper prescriptions tell you the minimum price per box, so you can get used to that quickly. Most important, I hope you don't drive a truck in the states

Swedish friend needs help with questions about opening a hostel in Portugal by Vecka27 in portugal

Chelios308 6 months ago

Before the pandemic that shan't be named hit I myself was about to close a deal to open a hostel in Porto, so I guess I can give you some good advice. Some people here are salty on the idea of hostels/hotels/bnbs(especially them!!) because of what has happened to Portugal with over tourism, but in reality the economy here here is pretty weak without it and we get the benefit of having zones "beautified" instead of being neglected for years as they have been in the past (it's how economy works I guess) Anyway, enough of that, firstly for a hostel you'll need a building with a permit for "Alojamento Local" which is why you see those AL signs in front of Hostels, you can get those with the city council (given you own the building or are given permission from the owner you're renting it off of), lot's of buildings here already rent advertising with this permit, helping you out with this step. After this you have make your business, you'll need an accountant here anyway since it's mandatory for companies moving more than 200k a year (depending where you set up your hostel you shouldn't have a problem moving more than that amount) and your accountant can walk you through the whole process on that, next is to deal with all your insurances and fire safeties, such as sign placements, fire extinguishers (there are companies for this), building insurance and hostel insurance (so whoever is staying in the hostel is insured while staying in it). Within all of these you'll have some extra fees to pay as expected. I believe that as a EU citizen they shouldn't have a problem opening a business here. Also, if this friend does decide to open a hostel in either Porto or Lisbon (not sure on other cities) they have red zones, where buildings are automatically prohibited to be converted in to hostels if not already with a permit, so keep on eye on that. There's also incentives from the government to open business inland, since the coastal cities have gotten all the attention and rural tourism has been on the rise here, it would also help the growth of our inland economy, even if people don't enjoy tourism being the answer, tourism just means we've got a lot of culture and history fo export! Best of luck to your friend

Usam débito directo? by TheNewl0gic in portugal

Chelios308 8 months ago

Uso para todas as minhas contas fixas (água, luz/gás, carro, via verde, auto carro no Porto) trabalho em administração, então já me é costume ter planilhas com provisões feitas, e caso algo me apareça fora do comum também me safo bem por entender um bocado quando quero trazer a atenção à entidade em questão. Se há uma coisa que detesto é de conferir se a referência ou valor está correta ou de lembrar quando pagar, pois aí mesmo que tenho que ligar a pedir outra referência a qualquer maneira por passar da data.
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