I’ve been in Luxembourg for 6 months

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I’ve been in Luxembourg for exactly 6 months. Half a year. I’m writing this sitting in my lovingly furnished office in our Bonnevoie apartment, in sweltering heat (it’s a freakish 35 degrees right now, and we have no air conditioning, and all fans within a 100-mile radius seem to be sold out).

This morning, I had my last B1.1 French lesson, where I found that I did very well in our end-of-semester tests. While waiting for the bus this afternoon, a woman spoke to me in French and asked me for details about how to catch a bus to a certain bus stop, and I replied (in French!) with the correct information.

The past 6 months have been nothing like what I expected. I didn’t expect much, to be honest – but I did initially expect that I would quickly get sucked into a 9am-6pm job, at least by March/April. That did not happen, but other things did. My proofreading business flourished beautifully over the last few months, and I’m very proud of my work, my productivity, and the amount of work I attract. However, Luxembourg is very expensive, and I still don’t make enough money to live comfortably in a city like this. I’m hopeful about a number of avenues opening up before me over the next few weeks/months, however, so I’m very aware that my situation may change very soon (hopefully for the better!).

I’m loving Luxembourg. My visits to places like Belgium (while it’s also a gorgeous country), solidify my love for Luxembourg as my country-on-the-continent of choice. The weather is very strange – I never imagined it could be so warm after such a cold winter. But that’s what happens when you come from a country with such a mild climate, and after living in a very cold city (Durham) for a year, where I was wearing my winter coat all through summer.

My impressions of Luxembourg are ultimately married with my impressions of living alone with my boyfriend for the first time. It’s all going very well, and the benefits of living alone totally outweigh the annoying bits (i.e. having to do eeeeeverything yourself, and having to live with a particularly messy person – although he does do most of the cooking <3).

Luxembourg itself has been pleasant and opulent and kind, even if the language barrier does get frustrating at times. I wouldn’t mind spending some more time here. I wonder how long that will be.

5 thoughts on “I’ve been in Luxembourg for 6 months

  1. Corie Bratter

    I am so happy about reading this post! Being in Luxembourg for almost 9 years myself, I am getting so f*ck*ng frustrated when people are telling me: “oh.. how did you survived.. I have been here for three months and I am already fed-up!”. Finally someone who likes this country and enjoy living here! There are so many opportunities!
    It is true, depending on where you come from it might be expensive (I was living in Milan before, so I did not see much difference). But at the same time, I think you have the possibility to increase quite fast your salary, to be promoted and in the last years a lot of more affordable events and venues came out!
    Well done Claire :) I hope you will spend many more happy years in Luxembourg!


    1. clairebonello Post author

      Thanks so much for your super-awesome and lovely comment, Corie. And especially for all your comments and help in the past few months :) I hope we get to meet each other IRL very soon :) It’s true, I’m very frustrated too about people insisting that Luxembourg is super boring and bland… there are so many things going on – I don’t understand what these people are expecting… I’ve actually been impressed by Luxembourg :)

  2. Tomas Bremin

    I’ve been here for 24 years now, and I’ve seen many people come & leave. Many stay put. People who come from a large city, like London, Paris and Hamburg, tend to have a bit of trouble adjusting to the small town life of Luxembourg. You can’t expect to go around anonymously here! It seems that people either leave at around six months, or they are here for at least six years. You seem to be in for the longer haul.

    1. clairebonello Post author

      Hi Tomas! Thanks for your lovely comment. Yes, I’ll hopefully be here for the “longer haul”. Next step is to find a more stable (and better-paying) job, that’s based here, and then we’ll see where life takes me. I’m not a fan of living in “large cities” – I come from a very suburban-style small town in Malta (very peaceful), and I’ve lived in a small city in England (Durham), so Luxembourg City is the perfect European capital for me – nice and small and (relatively) quiet, but with still lots going on. And the countryside is so close! I can’t wait to discover more of this beautiful country. I’m currently completing a cycling confidence course (haha), so I’m hoping to continue exploring the country on a bike too :)

      PS: congratulations on 24 years in Luxembourg! You should have a big party for your 25th ;)

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