Tsareena Wimbush never learned to drive when she was living in the UK. She has been regretting it since she moved to Arlon in Belgium for her job in Luxembourg.
Today she relies entirely on the public transport systems in both countries. Her commuting highlight is taking the tram the last few kilometres to her office in Kirchberg but transport is, she says, “absolutely terrible” as soon as you leave the city.
For her, the cross-border trains are problematic as they are frequently delayed on working days and the schedule is less frequent at weekends and at off-peak times. “I do all of my socialising in Luxembourg. Nothing runs on time between countries. I got stuck in Luxembourg on Saturday night and had to stay in a hotel.” Buses too are limited--Wimbush wrote about her experience of being stranded at Ikea on her blog Manc Girl Missing.
Her golden advice for new arrivals is to live in or around Luxembourg City (and pay higher rents) or get a car. “I’ve never needed a car until I came here. I’ve always been in places with really good transport so it was never necessary for me. Now that I live in Belgium, a car is really necessary. Life is really difficult here without one,” she says.