Venezia e unica!

venezia

Piazza San Marco

venezia 2

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

venetian masks

Venetian masks

gondolas

The Venetian gondola was the primary form of transportation in Venice from the 12th century until speedboats roared into the canals in the late 20th.

burano

The island of Burano in the lagoon of Venice

bona giornataThis is just a small glimpse of how much Venice has to offer. Having spent 3 days in the Venetian lagoon, I didn’t have enough time to see everything in the area. I highly recommend it as a weekend get-away, nonetheless if you want to travel around the somewhat lesser known islands of Murano, Burano, Lido or Torcello, you need to spend at least 4 to 5 days in the region.

Great food, the central island of Venice is well-organised, while the timing couldn’t have been better – mid March, just before the tourist season kicks in and one week before the Easter break.

 

People @ 2016 Migration Festival in Luxembourg

This year I tried to cover the Migrations Festival in Luxembourg from a slightly different angle, hence why I only took photos of some of the people participating in the festival as either organisers or performers.

Young Woman from Ecuador at Migration Festival

National costume from Ecuador

Young Woman from Ecuador at Migration Festival 2

Bolivian woman at Migration Festival

National costume from Bolivia

Russian Woman from Ural at Migration Festival

National costume from Russia – the region of Ural

Russian woman from Ural 2 at Migration Festival

Turkish Man at Migration Festival

This  young man was selling Turkish Simit bagels.

African dancing at Migration Festival

African dancing

African dancing 2 at Migration Festival

Romanian-language theater coming up early March in Luxembourg

Carlo Goldoni’s comedy ‘The Boors’

Romanian amateur theatre club ‘L’Avant-scène is soon to present its latest production – an adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s ‘The Boors’ – at Luxembourg’s cultural hotspot ‘neimënster’ in Grund.

Staged on March 2nd and March 3rd 2016 in Salle Robert Krieps, the play will be performed in Romanian, with French subtitles.

Tickets

Tickets cost 20 euros and can be booked via neimënster’s website or by phone, dialing +352 / 26 20 52 444.

Salle Robert Krieps

About the Teatre Club

The Romanian amateur  theatre club in Luxembourg ‘L’Avant-scène’ was set up in March 2009 and is affiliated to the Cultural association of the European institutions in Luxembourg (Cercle culturel des institutions européennes). The club consists of Romanian officials working in several European institutions (mainly in the European Commission and the European Parliament).

About the play

Also known as ‘The Cantankerous Men’ (Venetian: I rusteghi), is a comedy by Carlo Goldoni. It was first performed at the San Luca theatre of Venice towards the end of the Carnival in 1760. It was published in 1762. The ‘Boors’ are four merchants of Venice, who represent the old, conservative, puritanical tradition of the Venetian middle classes, who are pitted against Venice’s “new frivolity”.

About Carlo Goldoni

Born to a prosperous middle-class family in Venice, Carlo Goldoni displayed a theatrical inclination from early childhood. Soon after the turn of his eighth birthday he was playing intently with toy puppet-theatres and composing his first theatrical plot.

Goldoni’s theatre output includes five tragedies, sixteen tragicomedies, one hundred and thirty-seven comedies, to which must be added, in the service of music, two sacred pieces, twenty entr’acte, thirteen dramas, forty-nine drammi giocosi, three farces and fifty-seven scenarios. For further info click here.

 

 

 

My expat experience in Luxembourg

Roxana Mironescu ,Meet the Expats,Foto:Gerry Huberty

Photo: Gerry Huberty / Wort English

Romanian national Roxana Mironescu joined her sister in Luxembourg in 2012 after completing her studies in Aberdeen. She has since worked for the local media and is now pursuing a communications degree at the University of Luxembourg in the country she now calls home.

What brought you to Luxembourg?

I moved to Luxembourg from Scotland after finishing my Bachelor studies in journalism, attracted by its central location in Europe and its great multicultural and multilingual character.

One year before relocating, I travelled to Luxembourg to visit my sister and really liked the calm and cosy atmosphere defining the city.

From a professional perspective, I knew that Luxembourg had many stories to offer, therefore the journalist in me was eager to give them a voice and spread the word as much as possible.

What helped you get settled in Luxembourg?

Right from the beginning, I started being active in the international community.

Funny enough, the first person I met in Luxembourg after leaving Aberdeen was a lovely Scottish expat, Lisa McLean, who offered me an internship at Ara City Radio. Through this opportunity, I gained access to many events and communities and got to meet a lot of inspiring people who became my friends and in some cases highly valuable professional connections.

What do you like most about Luxembourg?

I love the fact that Luxembourgers are genuinely in love with their country and always take pride in their little Grand Duchy. Although it’s difficult to handle at times, especially for people from monolingual countries, Luxembourg’s multilingualism is also a great asset and makes one feel like living in a true global(ised) city.

If you could change one thing about Luxembourg, what would it be?

Better communication between Luxembourgers and non-Luxembourgers. Most foreigners living in Luxembourg find it very difficult at the beginning to meet Luxembourgers, but once they do, long-term friendships, viable professional partnerships and sometimes nice love stories unfold.

Also, as a general rule, I wish people were more open-minded in their approach to others and their different lifestyles. So many stereotypes, so many misunderstandings and so little time to properly meet people and cultures.

Like many expats, I would love to go shopping on Sundays and would appreciate a better customer service in some contexts. Also on my wish list is an outdoor swimming pool in Luxembourg-City. Imagine the fun, celebrating Luxembourg National Day at a pool party in Clausen or the Grund.

What tips would you give new arrivals?

It’s up to you to make Luxembourg your city. Irrespective of your professional background, nationality or intention to spend one year or a lifetime in Luxembourg, try to be active, stay informed, network as much as you can and always show an interest in meeting other people.

Also, knowing a few words of Luxembourgish always makes a nice impression. In fact, learn all the languages that you can while living here and expand your horizon through as many activities as possible in 24 hours. This way, Luxembourg can be a life-changing experience, staying in your heart no matter if you settle in or continue the journey to some other fascinating places in the world.

An interview published on Wort English at the end of July 2015.