Joanne Petitto

 United States


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

    I have a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Michigan State University and worked in hospitality management and corporate communications in the United States.

    How long have you been in Luxembourg?

    We arrived in August 2015.

    Which reason took you to Luxembourg?

    My husband was recruited for a job in Luxembourg.

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

    The difference between the traffic during the week versus the week-end. How friendly the administration is; this is not always the case in all countries.

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

    Calm, tranquil, opportunity-filled.

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

    How quickly one can leave the city and see cows, fields, and forests. I love driving through the tree tunnels that seem to exist outside of almost every village. I also have grown to love Findel Airport and the ease of getting through it. Yes, you may need to connect in another city but the initial steps of getting to the airport, parking, check-in and security in Luxembourg is generally faster, easier, and less stressful than the other major European airports.

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

    Merl and Hollerich. We’ve spend our first years in Merl and our neighbors have been very welcoming. We are moving to Hollerich where we will be closer to the city and activities. 

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

    Catty wampus – there are even different dialects of this in the US (catty/kitty and wampus/wumpas) but generally means « awry or mixed-up ».


    I have always liked to share information to make things easier. Before moving to Luxembourg, several people did this for me and it was great.


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