Monday, September 15, 2014

First Day of School 2014-2015

It's a big day for the Ts.  The kids go back to school after summer break.  Pete goes back to work after 3 1/2 weeks off.  My mom arrives in Luxembourg.  And our 3-week-old nephew is having heart surgery back in Oregon.

The truth is, I'm behind on posts and may or may not go back and catch up.  Yet I know from blogging here for 6 years that I need to just start from today and see what happens with the back-posts.  If I wait until I'm chronological, I'm doomed.

So meanwhile, all my best to these 4 loves today (+my mom)


Anonymous said...

Hi Rosie,

My husband and I are thinking about moving to Louxembourg in the near future. I've been reading your blog posts the last few days and I find them very informative. Thank you very much. There are, however, a few more questions I'd like to ask. Would you mind answering them? Do you have an e-mail address I could use? Thanks in advance, Justyna

Pete and Rosie said...

I'll help if I can! rtitteri (at) gmail (dot) com.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! I've just sent you an e-mail :).

Anonymous said...

Thank you for such a fun and informative family blog. I've looked through many to get a feel for living abroad, specifically Luxembourg for the huge expat community. My husband and I both work in finance so we thought Lux would get us in Central Europe. Your blog has made it less scary. We are mostly concern about education for our daughter and healthcare. How would you rate your experience on both?

Pete and Rosie said...

I'm so glad it's been helpful! Healthcare I'd rate highly, we go to English-speaking doctors and it's quite easy to get an appointment. It can be tougher to get appointments for specialists, the wait is much longer, but I think that's probably typical of a lot of countries. With the national health care system (CNS) we pay our expenses up front and then they reimburse you 80%. A typical doctor visit is 45-60 Euros up front. There is a great emergency room in the city just for kids open 24/7. An exam there is currently around 50 Euros, assuming no extra procedures. They have clinics on the weekends for adults as well, similar pricing. I'd say we've been quite happy with the care and the price. Education - that's a complicated and very personal/individual question but so far we've been happy with it overall. Honestly, I think part of it is our kids are probably naturally inclined to be successful in a traditional school setting. It can feel quite "old school" at times. I think if your child had special needs (perhaps even mild ones) or maybe just struggles a bit with "school", you'd probably be looking to the international schools for more support and accommodation. The international schools seem excellent (I've subbed at one) but are so very very expensive! If you have more specific questions feel fee to shoot me an email.