THREE YEARS IN LUXEMBOURG

Christmas trees in Luxembourg

Is this real life? I’ve been in Luxembourg for three whole years. I’m still here. It’s discombobulating. Let me review some stand-out issues of the past years.

TRAVELLING

Well, I’m in Luxembourg, and I’m not. In 2017 I travelled so much – flexible work arrangements and a large amount of leave has allowed me to take a tonne of “extended weekend” trips. Being in Luxembourg is such a blessing for European trips – getting to most places is relatively easy, and being able to drive to places in France, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands has been INCREDIBLE. So many last-minute trips.

STAYING AT HOME

This is in contrast to what I just said about travelling, but I’ve really learned to say “NO.” this past year. I’ve stayed indoors, happy as ever, eating and lounging and reading (so much reading) and doing nothing or being productive – everything. FOMO has been set aside and I just stay inside whenever I can – recharging and just chilling. So good for the soul. And our flat in Luxembourg (versus our homes in Malta) has central heating so it’s heavenly in winter.

BOOK CLUB

One of the best things about my life in Luxembourg. In January 2017 I joined a book club and it’s been such a perfect thing for me – it’s a group of wonderful, intelligent people where we meet every few months after reading a fascinating book (and sometimes we even meet for a cheeky film night), often with a glass of crémant and always with some sort of nibbles. So fulfilling.

FLIGHT SCHOOL

Another amazing thing about my life in Luxembourg now is that I started a course to (hopefully) get my Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in 2018. It’s been intensive but wonderful. Few things exist that really keep me in Luxembourg, but this is definitely something which has made me feel very happy to commit to the country for a while.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Newsflash! At the airport, on the way from Luxembourg to Malta for Christmas, I received a job offer from the Court of Justice to work as a lawyer linguist there in 2018. I (obviously) accepted. I’m so excited, and it’s going to be such a great challenge for this year.

FRENCH

My French is better. However, I STILL struggle so much with speaking. Conversation classes might be required in the near future.

THE WEATHER

Ugh. Now that I’m actually trying to squeeze in flying lessons (very unsuccessfully during October/November/December 2017 due to the weather), the weather in Luxembourg has been very disappointing. When it snows, at least it’s magical and great. When it’s rainy and foggy – no, thank you.

GETTING A PET CAT

WE STILL HAVEN’T GOTTEN A PET CAT.

MISSING MALTA

As always. I miss Malta. Of course I do. My closest friends and family are still there, it’s my true home. Yes, Luxembourg is less of a “new place”, but my heart is in the Mediterranean.

I’ll probably still be in Luxembourg in a year, but who knows? Stay tuned.

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