Katalin Halasz

 Hungary

"“I Want to Ride My Bicycle” (Queen)"

    What studies did you do and what is your main activity?

    I am a civil engineer by training, a field in which I did my graduate studies at the Technical University of Budapest and at the University of Minnesota. I started my career as a structural engineer, then temporarily became a stay-home mom when my family moved to Luxembourg. I restarted work with various engagements as a freelance, such as translator and a tour guide.

    I am also the author of two cookbooks: first, I wrote a Hungarian cookbook on preparing dishes with a microwave in the late 1980s. When my son was diagnosed with a milk allergy, I published the first Hungarian cookbook using no milk products.

    Starting my first year in Luxembourg, I joined the International Bazaar of Luxembourg where you find joy in a welcoming atmosphere either you are part of a stand or just a visitor.

    How long have you been in Luxembourg?

    I have been living in the Grand Duchy for over 20 years.

    Which reason took you to Luxembourg?

    Me and my son followed my husband who was offered an engineering position at a steel building manufacturing company.

    Tell us few things that have surprised you when first arrived.

    When I first landed with our son and walked to the terminal, we got soaked in the heavy rain. This was in June, just a few days before the National Holiday. I got slowly accustomed to Luxembourg’s unpredictable weather and could not live without it now. 😊

    Coming from Budapest, it was so welcoming that people were all friendly, saying ‘Moien’ and ‘Wei geet et’, in the small town where we settled and live ever since.

    Can you give me 3 adjectives to describe your life in the Grand Duchy?

    Peaceful, colourful and welcoming.

    What aspect of Luxembourg would you miss if you had to leave tomorrow?

    Openness and friendliness of the people, and of course the diversity of the country and the nature. And much more…

    Tell us what is your preferred district in Luxembourg and why?

    Walking or standing on the Bock and on the Corniche and looking down to the Grund. Or the opposite: sitting at the Abbey of Neumünster and looking up.

    Can you give me one word in your language which is impossible to translate into other languages?

    Kóricálni – walking without reason, a bit annoying to others. There are over 60 words to express movements in Hungarian, depending on speed and mood.

    For which reason have you decided to join the JUST ARRIVED Ambassadors club?

    I was twice a newcomer abroad, where I always got assistance. Having experienced so many different sides of Luxembourg over the many years I have been living here, I feel I can give a helping hand to newcomers.

     

     

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