Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
Our InterNations recommended blog section features talented expat bloggers from around the world. Their offerings to the blogosphere have been selected for their great entries and high quality, whether they may be funny, informative, interesting, deeply personal or a combination of all of the above.
Let’s hear from our featured blogger in Luxembourg:
We can easily say we are an international family, having lived in several countries ourselves and also raising our kids in the multicultural environment that Luxembourg offers. So we didn’t have much trouble adjusting to the life here.
I think the expat community in Luxembourg is open and vibrant and there is always something going on. I also have the feeling that since we are so many in the same situation we are more open and tolerant to new friends and relations. If I can find one negative thing about the expat life it must be the continuous in/out friendships. People stay for a year, two or 3 and then they move to another country, especially I find this hard for the children and their relationship to their friends. But in total it is a nice experience for them knowing new languages and have a broader understanding for other cultures.
Although I had a basic understanding of German from school and French from living in Brussels, I had also met my husband while I lived there and then focused on learning Danish (it’s important to be able to communicate with your in-laws!). Even just eight months of regular lessons here has made a huge difference to how confident and settled I feel.
I had a few months to prepare myself, but of course it's almost impossible to predict everything. Anyway, I believe it was the right decision for us as a family, I'm very happy with it and I'm sure I would do the same way once again.