Media: A new guidebook aims to help expats easy into life in the Grand Duchy.
The 17th edition of “Living in Luxembourg”, a guide for English-speaking newcomers to the Grand Duchy, has just been published by the American Women’s Club of Luxembourg; “the goal… was to have a very user friendly book that was still very thorough,” according to Gina Shepro, one of the guide’s two editors-in-chief (along with Maeve Nolan).
The book covers pre-move planning and settling in the first year or so, but also the lesser known steps expats need to take when they leave the country, she told Delano on Monday.
One of the new additions to the guide is the “pocket shopper”. Instead of listing translations of common food items (that are often labeled in French or German) and clothing sizes conversions within each separate section, “now it’s a pamphlet within the book and you can take it out and take it with you to a grocery store or clothing store”.
The AWCL also added a double sided map: one side is the Grand Duchy and the other focuses on the capital and surrounding area. Shepro explained that for newcomers: “sometimes it’s hard to get a sense of where things are in relationship to each other”, so the map gives a good indication of, “where Belair is compared to Hesperange”, for example. That in turn can help readers “figure out where you want to live and work and where to send your kids to school.”
Other new features include a rundown of where to hold a children’s birthday party, and a travel section that provides tips on good day trips and weekend getaways from the capital. After reading her colleagues’ write-ups, she now plans to visit Vulcania Park in France, and the town of Völklingenin Germany, neither of which she knew much about previously.
While Shepro, who has lived in the Grand Duchy for six years, had contributed to earlier editions of the guide, it was her first turn as co-editor. “It was a huge undertaking; a lot of fun and also a lot of work. You’ve lived here for a few years and think you know everything about Luxembourg, but there’s always more to know!”
The 300 page book formally launched during a reception on Friday at ArtRooms, which was a chance to thank sponsors and the all volunteer staff behind the book. “A lot of people put a lot of work into it”, said Shepro. “And it paid off.”