Saturday, September 1, 2012

Luxurious Lux

I visited Lautauro in Luxembourg a few days before flying back to the US. While not the most scintillating place in the world, it does have some redeemable factoids. For example, they speak luxembourgish (even the name is weird), which is some strange combination of german and french with their own twist to it, and a few Dutch like pronunciations tossed in there. Most Luxembourgish people can speak at least 4 languages.... Luxembourgish, French, German, and English. Sometimes more.

The old part of the city is set on the side of a massive canyon. I imagine this was handy for fending off those pesky invaders in medival times. An nice for dropping hot oil buckets on them. There are some narrow roads which traverse to the bottom and back up to the other side. However, for the lazy people, they built an elevator. It reminded me a lot of this elevator that I rode in in Salvador, Brazil. But being in Europe, and frankly in one of the richest countries in the world, this elevators purpose isn't exactly to skip over a dangerous favela. It's merely a convenient way of getting down the hill quickly. And it's cut through the rock, so no view on the descent :(

The setting really is beautiful at this time of year, with all the shades of greens and blooming flowers. Otherwise, it seems like a pretty boring place to live. Its a small country (only 20 minutes from the belgian border to the central station by train!), and from the people I talked to, you need to really try hard and use a lot of various methods to meet people and find stuff to do. Even with so many for

Lau showed up in a blazer. In a high class place like Luxembourg, you gotta wear nice clothes, or at least pretent. Not his typical bum clothes he has worn in our previous meetups in different countries. He lives in a city outside luxembourg, filled with Portuguese and Brazilian people, and so we took the train there after checking out the city and meeting up some girl Lau arranged a Russian-Spanish language exchange with online (in a Russian speaking 'Russians in Luxembourg' forum, nonetheless). That was odd, but interesting. We also went to a local pub in his town (the only one) for a drink and met some random local luxembourgish kids.

Bottom of the hill
Sporting his new shirt which I picked up in Cambodia for 2 bucks.


  1. Nice to know about Lautauro.Frankly to say, I was not aware of this place before. After reading your post, I came to know that such place exist. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  2. So stunning. Definitely going to add this to my list of things we want to do with the family in the next few years. So glad you are willing to share your pictures..thanks!

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