Barefoot in Luxembourg meets people: Claire Bonello

For the series “Barefoot in Luxembourg meets people” today we will discover something more about Claire, a fellow blogger and a proofreader who moved to Luxembourg not so much ago…

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What is your name?
Claire

What do your friends call you?
I don’t really have a nickname.

Describe yourself in three words.
Passionate, reliable, and creative.

How long have you been living in Luxembourg?
Only 8 months.

What are you doing here?
I moved with my boyfriend, who’s got a job with the EU institutions. I currently work as a freelance English and Maltese proofreader (www.clairebonello.com/proofreading).

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
With a more stable life, very possibly still in Luxembourg.

What do you like doing in your spare time?
I love to blog (www.clairebonello.com), to read (mostly English literature), to watch films and TV shows, and definitely to visit new restaurants.

What is your most beloved place in Luxembourg?
Anywhere in the beautiful countryside – I feel so lucky to be able to be so close to such stunning stretches of countryside.

What is your favorite restaurant in Luxembourg?
This is difficult, particularly since there are so many that I haven’t tried yet, and there are also so many different types of cuisine… it’s very hard to choose! I loved Beim Siggy  (gorgeous on a sunny day) and Heringer Millen (beautiful food in Mullerthal), but I also have a soft spot for Indian restaurants (Everest near the Gare and Swagat in Strassen are my favorites, I think).

What is your preferred night-life spot in Luxembourg?
I’m not one to go out much at night (unless there’s an awesome concert), but there’s a bar called Liquid in the Grund which has lovely live music and cider on tap.

Do you have a favorite drink?
I do love a gin and tonic with Hendricks gin and a slice of cucumber.

Where do you do your shopping usually?
I don’t have a car yet, so I usually pop to the Delhaize close to my apartment. For clothes, I seem to own a few too many H&M dresses.

What do you like about Luxembourg life?
There’s a lot of good food, a lot of different, wonderful people, and a lot of greenery (and four distinct seasons).

What would you improve?
For me: my French! It really keeps me from enjoying life to the full – mostly because I’m often too scared to do things or go places because I’m scared of the language barrier (even though most people speak good English). In Luxembourg, I would love for some more information to be offered in English (even though I understand that publishing things in three languages is already too burdensome at the best of times).

What is the best place you visited in a range of 200 km from the city and that you would suggest for a daily trip?
I’m going to stay within Luxembourg, and say Mullerthal, Vianden, and the Upper-Sûre lake.

What is the best adjective to describe Luxembourg?
Luxembourgish! It’s definitely a special place with its own character. 🙂

If you want to know more about Claire and follow her journey in Luxembourg, check our her blog here.

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