Luxembourg: Through Local Eyes

 

Paulina

Where are you originally from?​
Luxembourg

PEOPLE

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
Distant in the beginning, warm-hearted and a friend for a lifetime after they get to know you

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?
9

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
Tiptop! – Alles an der Rei!

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Moien, Merci, Wann ech gelifft, Pardon

Are you more like laid back or party people?
Laid Back

FOOD​

Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Best food are Kniddlen, dumplings made with white flour served with crispy bacon on top. The weirdest are definitely “Träipen”, blood sausages and “Kuddelfleck”, tripes

Best drink? Local drink to try?
Sparkling Wine above all!

How is breakfast served in your country?
Cereals or sandwich

CULTURE​

The best festival to attend?
I like the Grand Duke’s Birthday on 22th June and E-Lake in August in Echternach in the east of Luxembourg.

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
Cycling.

What is the craziest thing to do in your country?
Participate in the only Dancing Procession in the World?

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
Visit the oldest town in Luxembourg: Echternach, the fairytale castle in Vianden and Luxembourg City, also known as “Gibraltar of the north” due to its massive fortress

Are there any local customs a visitor should be sensitive to?
Never say that our language “Luxembourgish” is JUST a dialect

PLACES​

What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
Hmm surreal? I like the view from the Corniche, also known as Europe’s most beautiful balcony

Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
There are so many. I love having picnics on summer afternoons at one of the hills surrounding the medieval town of Echternach in the east of the country.

Where can visitors find the best beach?
Unfortunately there is no coast in Luxembourg, however I recommend a swim in the Upper Lakes in the North of the country.

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
Luxembourg City and explore the country from the capital. Luxembourg has a very efficient and affordable public transport system. For 4€ per day you can use any mean of transport you want.

COUNTRY​

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
Comfortable and green

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
Optimally 1 week?

When is the best time to visit?
From April to September

Can you give an interesting trivia about your country? 
Every native person from Luxembourg speaks at least 4 languages (Luxembourgish, French, German and English). With almost 60% non-Luxembourgish people living in the capital, the linguistic mix becomes even more interesting.

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché? 
We all have a Ferrari and drink champagne all day long. Oh, and there are only banks in Luxembourg, right?

TRAVEL

Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
Trinidad and Tobago, Cape Verde and always Andalusia

What’s your best travel story?
Boat HitchHiking across the Atlantic Ocean from Tenerife via Cape Verde to Barbados.

Why do you love traveling?
Traveling is all about learning but without being stuck in a classroom.

ABOUT PAULINA

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