Hola, thank you very much for having me!
In my years before travelling, I happily grew up in the tiny country of Luxembourg. But already for my studies, when I was 18, I left my country. Studying abroad is quite a common thing in Luxembourg as the country is very small. As Luxembourgish people are fluent both in French and German, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to universities.
I decided to head to Brussels, where I lived and studied for 3 years. While residing in the Belgian capital I explored the surroundings as much as possible: Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp... I really had a weak spot for the Flemish cities.
After Brussels, I decided to do my Master in a German-speaking country, thing of getting to know the German study culture better. My studies took me to Passau, a cute, pretty town in Lower Bavaria. As it’s nestled between the Czech Republic and Austria, a whole area of unknown towns and hiking trails opened up to me. The triangle of Passau, Linz (Austria) and Krumlov (Czech Republic) is a natural gem and I can only recommend it for laid-back holidays amidst nature.
My Master’s program in Passau included 6 months with their partner university in Malaga. I met my present fiancé during that time. I decided to pause my studies for half a year and moved with him to Madrid. That’s when I got hooked to life in Spain. I finished my studies, moved to Barcelona as it was super hard to find a decent job in Madrid at that time. After all, these were the years of Spain’s worst economic crisis.
After a few months in Barcelona, I finally found a job in Madrid and could move in with my boyfriend. I was working in tourism and finally, I had something that I could call “a base”. Madrid is a great city for expats and boasts many day trip excursions and hiking options in its close surroundings. Toledo, Avila, Chinchon, Segovia… all of them are a picturesque little town with an impressive medieval, Roman and/or Moorish heritage.
After 2 years in Madrid, we decided that it was about time to see something new. We decided to try our luck in Luxembourg: professional and salary perspectives were much more attractive than the ones that we had in Spain at that time.
But before moving all our stuff to Luxembourg, we decided to do something a bit crazy:hitchhike a boat and cross the Atlantic ocean.