I’m here! I’m in Luxembourg City, and it’s so cold.
I arrived on Saturday night, and my boyfriend and I moved into our (very unfurnished) flat straight away. We went to an Italian restaurant for dinner, and were lucky enough to have the company and assistance of a Maltese friend to pick us up from the train station and drive us around for urgent little errands.
First 48-hour observations:
- It’s cold. It feels like Iceland-cold. My face hurts sometimes. If my fingers aren’t in gloves, the bones start to hurt almost immediately. I need my thermal long-sleeved vest. Sitting on bus stops and waiting for buses isn’t unbearable, but it’s very cold.
- They use so many different languages here. I’ve heard Luxembourgish, Italian, French, English, and (possibly) German. Mostly French, though. (Phew.) We heard mass yesterday and it was half in Luxembourgish and half in French, and included songs in German (I think – it might have been Luxembourgish), French, and English (OH HAPPY DAY).
- I still need to register as a resident. I still need a bank account. I still need a mobile phone line. Aaaaaaargh.
- HEMA is a lovely shop with a lot of pretty things. Saturn is an electronics-type shop with ALL THE MOST EXCITING ELECTRONICS EVER, I WANT EVERYTHING.
- Furniture-shopping is daunting. We haven’t bought anything yet (although we really, really need a table and a couple of chairs). (We’re using a couple of borrowed stools, and a box as a table, and our air-mattress, and we have a wardrobe which we bought from the previous tenants.)
- I really want to adopt a cat. A really old, lazy one. I should probably give it a few weeks/months (to make sure that I’m sticking to this country for a while, and won’t be abandoning any animals), but there are so many cats-in-windows around our flat, and I’m aching for a little furry friend that we can rescue.
- Our apartment is really well connected when it comes to buses – and I’m so thankful for that. It’s very easy to get around, and there are several bus stops nearby.
- This place is so expensive. Everything seems to be double the cost you’d pay in Malta. For example, a plate of pasta at a regular restaurant is 13-18EUR, and a day bus ticket is 4EUR. No wonder the salaries are so high here.
- I’m very scared about life here, but I’m also very excited about all the new opportunities and possibilities.
- I think I’m going to like the shops here – especially the supermarkets (casual Foie Gras sections in the fridges…). (Also: H&M, Sephora, and LUSH. a 15-minute walk/bus-ride away.)
More updates, soon!