Life in Luxembourg after a Year and a Half

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My stay in Luxembourg has now reached its year-and-a-half point. Life has changed considerably for me over the past few months (I’ve been a stagiaire at the European Commission as a trainee translator), and this past winter has been long and dreary and very, very rainy. We also got a car a few weeks ago, which has flipped our lives upside down. (Having a car is great.) This country is still very expensive in my eyes, and I still have no idea where my life is heading here (or anywhere), but… life is pretty good.

Let’s talk about a few key points (the good, the bad, the ugly).

The weather

It’s unbearable. How. Why. It’s been raining forever. There have been about two and a half days of sunshine this year prior to the middle of July. I hate it. I really despise it. Ugh.

Driving

I come from a country which drives on the left, so driving on the right did not go well at the beginning. Now, I feel fine. Driving is great. But at the beginning it was anxiety all over. I still get a little nervous, but I’ve even graduated to driving in the city centre without any GPS help.

The traineeship at the European Commission

This was such a busy period – I did so many things, learnt so many things, felt so many things. I should probably write about the traineeship in more length another time, but let’s just say that it was quite a special experience, and I’m so glad I could do it in Luxembourg at the Commission.

Harassment

I had several awful experiences of harassment over the past 6 months – including a man chasing me down a street after waiting for me at a bus stop. It’s sad, it makes me feel unsafe, etc.

Hiking

Luxembourg is so good for hiking. Even (especially!) for a novice like me.

“There’s nothing to do in Luxembourg”

Still untrue (at least from my point of view!).

French

I’m still not fluent. BUT I am sometimes understandable. Progress.

Plant update

Most of my plants are still alive!

A pet cat

I still want one.

2 thoughts on “Life in Luxembourg after a Year and a Half

    1. clairebonello Post author

      Well, this year has been particularly bad, because last year there was a nice day or two every few weeks or so, I guess. I’m still not cut out to live in a non-mild climate though, I think. :)

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