Portugal, confidentially speaking, the story of an online business in Olhos da Agua

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Greg Boegner from PortugalConfidential.com

Meet Greg, who moved to the Algarve from the USA in 2008. He runs a successful website all about Portugal over at www.portugalconfidential.com Listen to his story.

Show notes

  • Positive growth and a new department of the business.
  • The story of Portugal Confidential, from a blog to a business.
  • Travelling around Portugal discovering new businesses and writing about it.
  • Travel boards and familiarization trips.
  • About Greg and his history in Houston, Texas.
  • We chat about Greg’s time as the TV Producer for NASA’s shuttle programme.
  • Greg moves to Hollywood in 1988 and encounters a writers strike.
  • Answering phones for Pacific Arts (who started the music video concept) and moved up to the Director of Acquisitions.
  • Workout videos and yoga videos with Ali McGraw. He moved over to Fox and eventually children’s programming.
  • Greg was looking for something new to do and looking at moving to Europe, when a friend suggested he check out a new film studio being created in the Algarve. So he moved in 2008.
  • We discuss the economic crisis in Portugal and after the film studio ran out of money Greg spent his days blogging on Portugal Confidential.
  • A renewed sense of positivity now in Portugal, with lots of investment.
  • Greg’s recommendations: Tavira,  Santa Luzia and his favourite beach Praia do BarrilPraia da Marinha
  • The things we’ll miss if we leave here: slow eating.
  • Greg recommends going down to Cacela Velha for lunch, Casa do Polvo in Santa Luzia (for octopus specialities) .
  • We move on to discuss Portugal Confidential and a new guide to Comporta (a lovely break from the Algarve).
The Portugal Confidential web site

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