My name is Klaudia and I come from Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. I have been in Luxembourg since 2008.
I arrived in Luxembourg because I was offered a three years contract at the European Commission in 2008. But the real reason is that I wanted to try living in a foreign country where I could speak not only Czech.
My last Czech job was in the management of a private language school in Prague, where I could meet people coming from elsewhere and speak other languages. Here in Luxembourg I can speak whatever language I want (and can) on in my daily life. And get in touch with all the different cultures carried by those languages. That’s fantastic.
What are your main life steps ?
When I was 7 years old, I decided I wanted to speak a foreign language. So I started learning French. It gave a direction to my life and brought me to study translation studies and Czech linguistics which led me to Luxembourg. The longing for France made me go for an Erasmus year in Amiens. I stayed there one more year for a love for a man and studied management of cultural events. And I discovered Argentine tango over there, which is another thick line guiding me through my life.
Love for books made me write lyrics and love for singing made me rock singer for a couple of years. The lack of singing in my recent life and the birth of my son almost 3 years ago, made me teacher of nursery rhymes at the international children library “Il était une fois“.
Problems with my back brought yoga to my life when I was 16. Since then I am doing it sometimes more, sometimes less. When I was pregnant I finally understood I wanted to teach this beautiful activity to the others. Now I am a certified yoga teacher. And Czech language teacher. And librarian. And tango dancer. And ambassador Just arrived, which wants to make you discover hidden beauties of this Grand-little country !
Tell us few things that have surprised you when first arrived?
It surprised me you have to plan your cultural life. In Prague, I was used to say « I want to go out, what’s on today » and always find something interesting to do.
There are amazing things happening here in Luxembourg, but you have to book it in advance. It’s hard to get in if you decide spontaneously. And then you miss nice things. I keep being amazed by the quality of cultural infrastructures even in remote places of the country, and by the fact how often they lack public despite the richness of the program.
Can you give me 3 adjectives to describe your life in the Grand Duchy?
Rich, challenging, reinventing.
What aspect of Luxembourg would you miss if you had to leave tomorrow?
Being able to speak so many languages on daily basis. Cycling everywhere.
Tell us what is your preferred district in Luxembourg and why?
I like the place I live – Gasperich. It has a pace of a village, I know my neighbours and there is the best bakery in Luxembourg. It’s surprisingly rich with the CLAE and Il était une fois. That became my second home.
Do you go often out to eat and if yes what is your favourite type of cuisine?
Not very often, I prefer sharing home made food with friends.
Can you give me one word in your language which is impossible to translate into other languages?
“Lítost”, a very special kind of sorrow.
For which reason have you decided to join the JUST ARRIVED Ambassadors club?
I like to say that Luxembourg has many things to offer, but you have to search for them. The amazing places, events and people are not that easy to find, you have to look for them. Lovely things happening will not be advertised everywhere. And I would like you to miss less things you might be interested in.