How long have you been in Luxembourg?
My name is Fanny Ragot, I’ve been leaving in Luxembourg since September 2015.
Which reason took you to Luxembourg?
My family and I have relocated to Luxembourg to follow my husband. While I had moved several times from one French city to another for professional reasons, this is the first time I live abroad. We enjoy very much our life here: in our free time, we take advantage of all the sportive and cultural activities that are offered here in Luxembourg.
What studies did you do and what is your main activity?
I have a chemical engineering background and I work as a quality leader in an industrial Luxembourgish company.
Tell us few things that have surprised you when first arrived in Luxembourg?
Because we wanted a large house and a garden for our two boys, we have made the choice to leave in the countryside. Since our arrival, our kids go in the local school system; after a few months struggling for learning, they have been able to communicate in Luxembourgish and German (on top of their French mother language). They have a lot of Luxembourgish friends in our village, making our life here very active and lively.
Luxembourg city is a very interesting city from a geographical and historical stand points. I love the little typical villages in the countryside and the beautiful landscape. Every area of the little country we live in may surprise you, amongst others the north of the country is worth a visit!
On top of all the cultural activities and sportive events I have mentioned earlier, you can find delicious restaurants anywhere! Should you wish to eat something exotic, Luxembourg city is “the place to go” to find restaurants from all over the world. Downtown and in the countryside, you also have a huge choice of good Luxembourgish typical restaurants and even several gastronomic restaurants or brasseries such as La Brasserie in the Bourglinster castle as one of many instances.
What aspect of Luxembourg would you miss if you had to leave tomorrow?
If I would have to leave Luxembourg, I would particularly miss the very special atmosphere of the Christmas market in December and all the outdoor parties organized in the summer. Luxembourgish people enjoy going out, meeting each other’s and they engage themselves easily with people demonstrating interest for their history and their way of life.
For which reason have you decided to join the JUST ARRIVED Ambassadors club?
I have decided to join the JUST ARRIVED Ambassadors club beginning 2016, I had just gone through the difficult first months every family experiences when arriving in a new place when parents and children are “out of their comfort zone” for some time. I needed to make friends, to meet people who could give me tips about the life in Luxembourg and I have been attracted by the multicultural friendly spirit of the JAA’s team. I have also thought that my experience could be useful to the new comers who want to know more about the life in the countryside, the local school system (which is to my opinion very good in the sense that it is flexible and adapted to each kid’s needs) and the differences compared to the French culture.
Can you give me one word in your language which is impossible to translate into other languages?
One typical French expression that I often use is “c’est le pompon!” which sometimes may be translated as “this is the cherry on the cake!” A “pompon” is a kind of puffy ball stitched on the top of a winter wool hat. In France, people don’t often wear wool hats… maybe because they believe it is something designed for kids or maybe because the weather is not so cold in France… But here in wintertime, everyone (men, women and kids) owns various winter wool hats of different colors with a puffy ball. And I must say that it is a must-have winter accessory in Luxembourg and “le pompon, c’est que c’est élégant!”
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