We are moving to Europe!
Luxembourg to be exact. No it is not in Germany, although by the sound of its name it would seem that it is a city in Germany. Luxembourg is in fact a country of it’s own and the World’s only Grand Duchy (a constitutional monarchy). “But why can’t we see it on the map?” you might ask. Well the obvious reason is because it is REALLY small (55 miles long x 35 miles wide), smaller than the size of the state of Rhode Island! But if you look directly at the heart of where Germany, France, and Belgium meet, you will find Luxembourg.
And to answer your next question, Yes. Homeschooling is legal in Luxembourg. In fact homeschooling is legal in most European countries but definitely not as popular or common as it is becoming in the United States. So yes, we will be continuing to homeschool while living there.
Foreign Language x 3
Luxembourg is a trilingual country. Their national languages are Luxembourgish, French, and German. Yes Luxembourgish is a language. And although it is influenced by both the French and German languages it is a unique language. For example here is how you say hello in all three languages…
Luxembourgish = “moien” (pronounced MOY-en)
French = “bonjour”
German = “hallo”
We will be learning as much as we can of all three languages. Especially since we will have native speakers to talk to and practice with.
I was told recently, from a well intending acquaintance, that the kids would not learn these languages if they did not attend school. She was adamant that school is the only place they would be able to learn a foreign language. As much as I value and respect her opinion I have to disagree. I believe you can learn anything through homeschooling.
One of the tools that makes homeschooling successful when used appropriately, and utilized to it’s fullest, is the internet. There is so much media out there for language learning via youtube alone! Not to mention books, newspapers, magazines, movies, etc.. And best of all, new friends!
I am also excited to test out the principles in “The Pocketbook Guide to Learning Languages”, written by my husband Kenneth Trent.
Pit Stop in Europe
Luxembourg is a relatively central location in Europe. Most of it’s major cities are simply a train ride, car ride, or short plane ride away. We are excited to be able to study European art, history, cultures, music, geography, and governments first hand. Field trip vacations here we come!
Luxembourg to Paris, France = 234 miles
Luxembourg to Frankfurt, Germany = 143 miles
Luxembourg to Salzburg, Austria = 421 miles
Luxembourg to Brussels, Belgium = 136 miles
Luxembourg to Zurich, Switzerland = 267 miles
Luxembourg to Venice, Italy = 596 miles
Luxembourg to Barcelona, Spain = 719 miles
Luxembourg to London, England = 365 miles
A Top Location in the Corporate World
Luxembourg has one of the highest standards of living in the World. It is a prosperous country due to industry, exports, low unemployment, its central European location and liberal taxation laws. The country also enjoys a low unemployment rate, only 5.7% in April 2015.
We owe this opportunity to Amazon. My husband Ken has worked for Amazon’s US headquarters, in Seattle, since 2012. He recently accepted a role at their European headquarters which is located in Luxembourg. In fact it is also the European location for other well known companies such as Skype, Paypal, and Microsoft.
Wow, what a unique country to live in. Thank you Amazon!
Addi, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen!
As Mark Twain wrote,
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Innocents Abroad
Goodbye little corner. You will be missed.