Laura Ratcliffe, Clausen

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

This year, I am expanding my singers club and singing lessons to Luxembourg.

What challenges did you face during the move?

Getting used to the culture and respecting how things work here.How did you find somewhere to live?

Our apartment came with my partner’s job.

Are there many other expats in your area?

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Yes, there are many expats in Clausen.

What is your relationship like with the locals?

I love them! Great spirit, lots of travel and stories and open to discussion!

What do you like about life where you are?

It’s a lovely city to live in, good weather, interesting and open-minded people – all want to have a good time and work hard!

What do you dislike about your expat life?

I miss my family, and the British culture things you get used to; easy takeaways! Things are cheaper in England.

What is the biggest cultural difference you have experienced between your new country and life back home?

Things are expensive to buy but people work hard and the country looks after the people, so it all balances out and makes for healthy, hard-working, friendly, well-rounded citizens.

What do you think of the food and drink in your new country? What are your particular likes or dislikes?

It took a while to find the places to buy things. I felt very touristy for a while (I still do get caught out!) There is good food and drink here – good vegan cafes and options, though the supermarkets could do with more Quorn options.

What advice would you give to anyone following in your footsteps?

Embrace it. Take the elements you don’t like on the chin and instead focus on all the positives Luxembourg has to offer – as there are many! People are pretty transient out here, so friendships may be fleeting at times, but great experiences are to be had here!

What are your plans for the future?

Maybe 3-4 years in Luxembourg.

You can find out more about the singing lessons Laura offers at
www.thesingersclub.com, or send her an email on hello@thesingersclub.com.

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