Carola, you come from Spain. How long have you been in Luxembourg?
Almost 2 years. I arrived in August 2015.
What studies did you do and what is your main activity?
I studied as translator at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. But my main activity nowadays is Sales Manager MICE for the BENELUX market at the Hospitality Industry. I use languages daily for work, but I do not translate professionally, though I have 15 years of experience as editor in the Publishing Industry.
Which reason took you to Luxembourg?
The reason to come to Luxembourg was a job offer I received to develop the Sales Management in Lux Hotels.
Tell us few things that have surprised you when first arrived in Luxembourg?
Nature: the huge forests of Bambesch and Grünewald, and some cute animals like foxes or deer puppies daring to come close to my Windows, at home.
Politeness: people here still maintain a nice and respectful formality to each other.
Multiculturalism: huge variety of nationalities and high level of harmony in our day-to-day life. It’s a human mayonnaise!
Can you give me 3 adjectives to describe your life in the Grand Duchy?
Dynamic, social, human-sized.
What aspect of Luxembourg would you miss if you had to leave tomorrow?
If I had to leave what I would miss most would be the exceptionally open-minded and dynamic people that I have had the opportunity to meet during this time.
Also from a practical point of view, I would miss the short distances between places. And the direct daily contact with Nature, and… etc. At the end, I will miss the quality of life in Luxembourg that is excellent here compared to big, beautiful but overcrowded countries as mine.
Tell us what is your preferred district in Luxembourg and why?
Old town for its charm. Merl for the wide avenues and its beautiful mansions. I also like some of the cozy little streets in the Grund, and the aerial views over the city from Hamm.
Do you go often out to eat and if yes what is your favourite type of cuisine?
I come from all the tradition from my mother and grand-mothers who were great cooks. So at home, Mediterranean Diet is my favourite. Because it’s healthy, logical, balanced and easy to prepare with local products, lots of fruits and vegetables that you can buy freshly at the market km 0. It’s a sustainable cuisine full of flavours and colours.
But I also like variety that you can find in Luxembourg as Ramen, Sushi, some Vietnamese dishes, italian pasta , etc. French bakery and patisserie. I adore how French people prepare their salads, for example. I like also “oeufs Benedictine”, scampies, jamón serrano, rice of all kinds and preparations, quiches, volaille, fresh grilled fish, italian ice-creams. I mean that in general I have curiosity to explore and I enjoy trying all sorts of foods and cuisines to compare.
Can you give me one word in your language which is impossible to translate into other languages?
I would choose the word Flechazo. It’s similar to coup de foudre. It’s these emotion you feel when you suddenly fall in love with someone or something that causes a deep positive shake at all your senses.
For which reason have you decided to join the JUST ARRIVED Ambassadors club?
To participate as volunteer, to meet people and to be helpful to others by sharing my knowledge and experience as an expat.