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Luxventures.eu podcast talks to people who have mastered navigating the expat life in the Grand Duchy, explores tips and tricks to do so yourselves and provides some light entertainment on your daily commute to and from work/school/gemeng/parent-teacher conference…

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Luxventures.eu podcast talks to people who have mastered navigating the expat life in the Grand Duchy, explores tips and tricks to do so yourselves and provides some light entertainment on your daily commute to and from work/school/gemeng/parent-teacher conference…

    Don’t Pressure Yourself: Tama Moiser (Luxventures S02E11)

    Don’t Pressure Yourself: Tama Moiser (Luxventures S02E11)

    Tama Moiser is a New Zealander who years ago landed on Europe’s shores and eventually made a decision to move to Luxembourg. While to some that may seem strange, peculiar or downright silly, it made perfect sense to her. And it turned out to be – to turn a popular phrase – a call that aged well.

    • 21 min
    Radio in the Age of the Virus: Lisa McLean (Luxventures S02E10)

    Radio in the Age of the Virus: Lisa McLean (Luxventures S02E10)

    Lisa McLean, Ara City Radio station manager says that Luxembourg during the coronavirus lockdown reminds her of how things were when she arrived here more than twenty years ago.

    • 18 min
    What’s In A Language: Jacques Werner (Luxventures S02E09)

    What’s In A Language: Jacques Werner (Luxventures S02E09)

    One thing that you can be sure about lunchtime in Luxembourg is, that you will never be alone.







    The other thing about lunchtime in Luxembourg is, that you’ll probably hear more than three languages spoken simultaneously at any given time. Which is precisely what happened the other day in this cosy little Greek restaurant in the centre of the capital.















    In

    this podcast I trick unsuspecting expats into sharing their experience with

    Lëtzebuerg. What to expect, how to adapt, when to give up and where to hold on.

    At the very least, we try to provide some emotional comfort. Sometimes, however,

    it is good to see things from the other perspective and I talk to locals as

    well. This is one of those times.







    Despite

    the plethora of tongues spoken, or precisely because of it, language is –  to put it mildly – a sensitive issue in

    Luxembourg. Debates can get heated quickly and before you know it nuance is

    lost in the noise.







    Which is precisely what happened to Jacques Werner and three other young Luxembourgish professionals when they launched a petition to include English as an auxiliary or support language in certain administrative processes. Not that anyone cared about the wording. For some people, the combination of words “English”, “administrative” and “language” was enough to send them through the roof.







    If the whole thing got a bit loud towards the end it is only because a meal in Luxembourg is a social occasion. As it should be.







    Thank you for tuning in – or downloading, as it were – and if

    you can, please leave a review and rate this podcast, wherever you get your

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    Luxventures

    will be back next month.

    • 20 min
    How Big Is Luxembourg In Texas: Joseba Echave (Luxventures S02E08)

    How Big Is Luxembourg In Texas: Joseba Echave (Luxventures S02E08)

    They say that everything is bigger in Texas. If so, just how big does Luxembourg look from the Lone Star State?







    By local standards, Joseba Echave is a relatively new arrival. A Spaniard who came to the Grand Duchy not from Spain but from the land of cowboys, Davy Crockett and, well, nice weather.















    So,

    how’s the transition going?







    My

    name is Aljaž Pengov Bitenc and this is Luxventures, your podcasting guide to

    navigating life in the Grand Duchy.







    In

    this podcast I trick unsuspecting expats into sharing their experience with

    Lëtzebuerg. What to expect, how to adapt, when to give up and where to hold on.

    At the very least, we try to provide some emotional comfort.







    If you can, please leave a review and rate this podcast on

    iTunes and Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts from. Don’t forget

    to like our Facebook page and feel free to ping me on Twitter with

    any comments and suggestions you might have.







    Luxventures will be back next month.















    (Texas photo credits: Avi Werde on Unsplash)

    • 16 min
    Luxembourg, Easy And Complicated, Simultaneously: Gregor Schusterschitz (Luxventures S02E07)

    Luxembourg, Easy And Complicated, Simultaneously: Gregor Schusterschitz (Luxventures S02E07)

    Some people become expats by choice. Others, by necessity.

    Some, however, are expats by profession. Most of these are called diplomats and

    Luxembourg is full of them.







    Austrian ambassador Gregor Schusterschitz was, until recently, a staple in Luxembourgish diplomatic and media circles. His musings on Twitter were especially witty. Then Brexit happened and Ambassador Schusterschitz was appointed as head of the Austrian delegation in the Brexit working group. Needless to say, things got really busy really quick.















    As fate would have it, the ambassador left Luxembourg before

    Luxventures got around to asking for an interview. But we caught up with him in

    Brussels, in his new posting as deputy head of Austrian permanent

    representation to the EU.







    But it was for the best. From a little distance, both chronological and physical, we talked about how Luxembourgers view foreigners, how they see themselves and which part of the country you should definitely visit, even if it is somewhat off the beaten track.  







    If you can, please leave a review and rate this

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    • 22 min
    Captain on the Bridge: Marjan Golobič (Luxventures S02E06)

    Captain on the Bridge: Marjan Golobič (Luxventures S02E06)

    You’ll be forgiven for thinking that people mostly

    just keep coming to Luxembourg. Sometimes, people also leave Luxembourg. But

    very rarely do people leave Luxembourg to live on a boat.







    As cosmopolitan as Luxembourg has become, it is no

    substitute for actually seeing the world with your own eyes. And I literally

    mean »seeing the world«, as my guest in this episode has seen a good part of

    it, mostly in places that are deep, blue and pretty much devoid of other

    humans.















    Marjan Golobič is a mild-mannered Slovenian who is just about to finish his stint working for the European Commission and who loves playing badminton. But once he gets onboard his sailboat, Marjan is a full-blooded captain who is used to giving orders.







    So what’s a man like him doing in a land-locked

    country like this?







    If you can, please leave a review and rate this

    podcast on iTunes and Apple Podcasts or whatever your preferred podcast clients

    and directories are. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page and feel free to ping me on Twitter with any comments and suggestions you might have.







    Luxventures will be back next month.

    • 29 min

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