Trains of Thought

Trains of Thought

Over these last few months of my Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant, I’ve been enjoying my commute to school, gazing out the window of my train as it zooms past the mountains, the rivers, and the farms of Luxembourg. But I can still remember my apprehension when I first learned that I would be traveling 63 kilometers (about two hours) on the train each way from my host city of Esch-sur-Alzette, in the south, to teach at a wonderful secondary school and an amazing primary school in the small town of Clervaux in the north, an area known for its historical significance as a site of heavy combat in WWII’s Battle of the Bulge. After crunching the numbers, I discovered that I was traveling across approximately three-quarters of the entire country each way.  Despite the long distance, over the nine months of the grant, I’ve come to savor these long train rides. The trains have not only transported me from […]

9 Months in 999 Square Miles

There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it: Luxembourg is a tiny country.* Clocking it at 999 square miles (2,586 square kilometers, to use the local parlance), it is slightly smaller than the state of Rhode Island. When it comes to size, Luxembourg ranks 179 out of 194; in other words, it is the fifteenth smallest independent country in the world. As a result, you would be hard-pressed to find a guide book dedicated solely to the Grand Duchy on the shelves of any American bookstore. When articles and travel blogs do focus specifically on Luxembourg, it’s not uncommon to see headlines promising to show you “All of Luxembourg in a Weekend.”

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