I had my first international experience when I was still studying and went abroad to Scotland. It was such an enriching experience that I knew that sometime in the future I would want to embark in another international experience. After 7 years in the consulting area in the Big 4 in Portugal, it felt it was just about time to do the move. I knew that Luxembourg was a very interesting, multicultural market with strong connections to Portugal. Initially the experience in Luxembourg was to last 1/2 years.
Once in Luxembourg, I went on to expand my professional experience to global roles. At the personal level, the most beautiful things happened – I got married and had my two beautiful daughters. I must say it has been an amazing Lux decade !
What studies did you do and what is your main activity?
I studied Economics and specialized in the tax area, in particular indirect taxes. I worked in consulting and in-house in the banking and biotechnology industry with global roles in the indirect tax area.
How long have you been in Luxembourg?
Since 2008, so almost 10 years now !
Which reason took you to Luxembourg?
I wanted to have an international experience.
Tell us few things that have surprised you when first arrived?
I was really impressed with the green landscape. I had imagined big buildings, a city with a grey architecture. I found Luxembourg city a very nature-rich city. The people, the multicultural environment and the diversity of languages were the other things that greatly exceeded my expectations.
Can you give me 3 adjectives to describe your life in the Grand Duchy?
Happy, busy, global.
What aspect of Luxembourg would you miss if you had to leave tomorrow?
Everything ! Probably the most would be the diversity of people.
Tell us what is your preferred district in Luxembourg and why?
Can you give me one word in your language which is impossible to translate into other languages?
Saudade. I could try to translate as a deep nostalgic feeling, but would be incomplete. I believe one can only truly understand it when reading Portuguese literature (e.g. by Fernando Pessoa) or listening to Portuguese music like Fado.
I believe we are better when we are together. I recall that at times it is not easy to find our way in a new city, in a new country. Having the opportunity to share my experience with others, welcome them, may make a difference and help them on this new challenge.