This Week’s Hot Seat:
Ligia from Mexico

Introduction:
​I am Ligia Lozano, 28 years old and I am from Veracruz, Mexico.
I currently work in Smyrjibreydsbùdin (soon to be “Bitin”) as a kitchen assistant.

When and why did you move to the Faroe islands?
I moved to the Faroe Islands in July of 2016. I got married here and well you know how the story goes, just mine didn’t go as well as I expected. I got divorced last year and luckily I was able to get a work visa so now I am still here working hard, with a bunch of friends, a lot of weird (mostly nice) experiences and with a nice boyfriend too.

What was your first impression of the Faroe Islands and Faroese people?
Well, coming from a big country like Mexico makes you realize how small the Faroe Islands is but I guess that is kind of the same for most of us foreigners here. I felt a little bit scared of this new place and I was wondering what was going to be to start again and learn another language from scratch. In the other hand I found it to be very beautiful, the air is fresh, the water is sweet and people even though they don’t talk much English were welcoming and curious.

What’s the best thing about the Faroe Islands and Faroese people?
​I guess the best about it for me is the quietness and the safety. I can spend a day at home or outside and it is most of the time very calm. It feels nice to sleep without iron bars on your doors and windows.

What’s the worst thing about the Faroe islands and Faroese people?
You know, this is not the best question to ask foreigners hehe…
I think the worst for me is maybe how fast gossip travels and how difficult it is to give everyone a good impression. Sometimes it is a bit troublesome trying to be nice to everyone since I am the kind of person who says what she does or not like about everything and even though it might be the truth, people is not used to hear it.
I am also not very fond about the weather but you kind of get used to it hehe.
About Faroese people, I think the only thing that actually bothers me is young people taking everything for granted and not realizing how much they actually have, there are so many privileges here and some of them are wasting them (like the free education and the student support or the health care).

What are the differences between the Faroe Islands and your home country?
Most of all the food, I don’t think I ever ate so many boiled potatoes before haha and how expensive fruits are. Of course the weather since I come from a tropical area and here is mostly cold and windy. Everything here costs about 5 times more than in my country! It is faster going anywhere here since it is so small, so going the farthest distance might only take about 2hrs and that is freaking amazing because in my country just visiting my mom in the same city would take me more than 1hr.

Do you like Faroese music? If yes, what are your favorite bands?
​To be honest I am not very sure if I know a lot of Faroese music, I have heard Eivor and I really like her voice but I think so far my favorite is Danny and the Veetos since I am more up to hear music that give me a happy boost.

Do you like Faroese food? If yes, what are your favorite dishes?
Well to be honest I think I have a limited amount of favorite Faroese dishes but I am always very up to eat some lamb (not fermented). About the more traditional ones I can say I am very fond of blood pancakes, I like whale and sheep head.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
​To be honest, I don’t really know I only know I see myself happy.

What are your strengths/weaknesses?
Strengths and weaknesses, I think this is always difficult saying about one’s self but I think I am hard working and I take good care of the people I love and weakness could be the curse of speaking my mind.

What is on top on your bucket list?
​I want to bring my grandma to the Faroes for holidays!

What’s your favorite quote?
​Don’t worry, be happy.

Which other countries have you been to?
Well I have lived in Mexico, Denmark and now Faroe Islands. In the other hand I don’t think I have visited much, Norway, Italy, Venezuela, Guatemala, Romania, France.

Favorite book?
I am more of a fantasy kind of person (may be childish) but I love “Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer” you know, smart kid, fairies, gnomes and all that stuff.

Favorite movie?
So far I am going to go with “Coco” (again cartoons) it reminds me about my family, mi culture and my traditions.

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
Maybe I would for once become a more active person. For some reason the thought of going out for a run doesn’t kick in haha.

What would you do if you won one million DKK?
​I would buy my parents a house and use the rest of the money for the down payment of one for me and my boyfriend here.

What advice would you give to foreigners who plan to move to the Faroe Islands?
Bring a ton of patience, a lot of will and good vibes. You need to make a lot of friends, get a job or go to school, find some side activities, get a good hold of your hobbies and get it going. Learning the language is VERY DIFFICULT for some of us but it is very rewarding once you get a hold of it.
It takes some time to get used to live here for most foreigners so don’t feel bad if you want to quit and go back because you are not the only one to ever think about it, just have a little bit of constancy because once you start integrating you will find your own place and forget about the weather and whatever else that was bothering you.

Author: Torleif Joensen