Zsuzsa V. Karsai



    I did not prepare, nor am I preparing for any career. I am interested in people, I am in interested in life, I am interested in the world – I deal with nothing else.

    I am a European and in these years when Europe is undergoing great changes of a major development, I am leading a happy life in Europe. I believe in Europe and I work with all my heart for a more human, honest, freer and healthier Europe.” Sándor Márai

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

    I studied law in Hungary and in France, I graduated in 2009. Later on, I studied mediation and conflict management and became a certified mediator in Hungary in 2015, then in Luxembourg in 2017. I currently work as a lawyer-linguist, mediator, mediation training-assistant, Hungarian event coordinator and member of CNE (Conseil National des Étrangers).

    How long have you been in Luxembourg?

    Since 2013.

    Which reason took you to Luxembourg?

    I got a 6 months’ job offer at the Court of Justice of the European Union. It was a no-brainer. Then 6 months became 4 years… and meanwhile I met my (at that time: future) husband, got married and we decided to settle down for long-term: start a family here.

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

    My parents helped me to move here in 2013. We arrived in Luxembourg city on a Thursday afternoon. At around 6 pm, I asked my father to get us some snacks while we were packing out. We did not know the neighborhood (I lived back then on the boundary between Hollerich and Merl), but made the assumption that as we are in a capital city, in the heart of Europe, there should be no problem getting food at walking distance on a working day evening… well – no need to explain – that proved to be problematic. My father returned after about 40 minutes, and told us that there are no shops or anything, we will need to walk in the city center to find a restaurant.

    Another big surprise was true multilingualism. Back in Hungary, I used to be (maybe still am?) kind of “cool” for speaking 2 foreign languages fluently. I learned to be less self-satisfied about that here, where for locals, speaking 4 or 5 languages fluently is almost a given and where I cannot even apply for half of the jobs, unless I speak FR+EN+DE+LU. I find that rather motivating (and a big disadvantage at the same time, for us, expats).

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

    Calm, balanced, happy.

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

    Calm, balanced, happy? And of course, multiculturalism. The fact that in our street, among the 12 houses, we have 8 nationalities (the “Fete des voisins” is real fun).

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

    Limpertsberg was the district where I lived most in the beginning of my stay – lots of great memories. It is a very charming neighborhood and at a very great location: it’s close to the city center, but also to Kirchberg, where I work. It has shops (that’s rare) and has the Utopia, the “artsy cinema”.

    And now Steinsel, our new home, our new love. Close to the city, but in the green… Alzette, playgrounds, bicycle road, forest, shops, restaurants, everything. It’s just perfect.

    Do you go often out to eat and if yes what is your favourite type of cuisine?

    Depends how we define often. I would say we go out to eat 2-3 times a month. Mostly to our favourite Italian restaurants here in Steinsel. But our first date was in a McDonald’s in Remich! (true story)…

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

    “andalogni” – to walk slowly, without a specific goal, in a rather romantic mood, not at all stressed or in a hurry.

    I am quite active in the Hungarian community of Luxembourg. I regularly organize ancient drama analyzing nights with a classical-philology professor from Hungary (György Karsai, who happens to be my father) and last year I started a so-called “Happiness Club”, based on a Hungarian initiative (boldogsagprogram.hu) to promote mental wellbeing and positive psychology. I also help the Hungarian Stand of the Bazar International de Luxembourg a little. My plans for the future involve the organization of self-development trainings with a Hungarian association and something child related, yet to be specified.



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