Nov 26, 2012

Last post for the time being.. Probably the best story ever

hihihi 

This is the last post for the time being, because my neighbour is not surprising me anymore (though she keeps feeding me through the mailbox) and all the unusual things have become ordinary. Of course if I have something else to tell, I'll update the blog.. but not on a regular basis...

So take care in the meantime!! 

I have passed a tough month in all senses and what happened yesterday / today to me is not funny at all but I think you'll laugh as I am doing right now... Like a comedy! I am waiting for Groucho Marx or Tweety to show up in my living room in a moment!!!

Yesterday I was walking back home from the city centre, and at 17:45 I was attacked by a guy on the street. He yielled at me, run to get me, retained me for a couple of minutes and hit me 3 or four times..

(Of course there was no reason, the scary thing is that he was not even drunk, and I didn't understand anything because he was doing it in French)...

Well, that's the minor problem of the evening.. when he released me because there were a couple of persons approaching, I kept walking to leave the place and I called the police

- I tell them what happened
- they advice me to go to the police station
- I go to the police station, I ring the bell and I explain through the communicator what happened.
- they tell me to wait there (I am outside)
- A policeman comes, opens partially the door and asks me again what happened. (I am still outside)
- I repeat what happened and then he let me get in, he asks for my ID card and he dissappears.
- After 5 mins, he comes back and tells me "ohhhh we're sorry but we're quite busy at the moment so we cannot attend you... just go to the other police station, but wait 1 hour because they're quite busy as well."
- so I wait at the station for 1 hour and then I went to the other police station
- I ring the bell
- They ask me what happens and I tell them the whole story (which is increasing because I come already from the police station)
- then they tell me they already know the story because they just spoke to the policeman who opened me the door in the first police station BUT they ask me as well to leave because they are quite busy... 
- I was astonished.. they told me to try again (like a videogame) in a couple of hours or the following day


so I went today again to denounce it, directly to the second police station. 

I was asked what happened to you?? and I repeated the whole story.. so it was not there but on the third floor..

I go there.. "& wait with the rest of criminals" :).. 

after a while, they let me get inside and I tell the story again a couple of times.. and the policewoman kindly asks me "but do you wanna report it"???? 

- no, I am just at the police station to share my feelings and spend my time. How come!!!

so we write the report, and when it's finished and I am leaving, she advises me

"next time, if you see him again, call the police!".

UNREAL!!!

Oct 17, 2012

French people vs German people

True story! :O)

It is quite funny -well, I'd rather say scary- how French and German people despise each other sometimes with regard to work. 

I have dealt with both separately and 

a) German guys  

"French people are not prepared [...], they finish their university studies quite early [...], they come here (to Luxembourg) and with their arrogant behaviour, they start working and progress quite fast, [...], they oversell themselves to other French guys to progress faster... now they are against German people... now that in France things are not quite well they are invading us... " --> UNBELIEVABLE!

b) French guys

"German people are so narrowminded, [...] they always think they're right!, [...] they do not accept the fact that education in France is quite good, [...] they are slow.. because their solutions at work require a lot of time, [...] German people are behaving as they used to do before the II-WW [...]." --> UNBELIEVABLE!!

I see this as a "third party" and I realize the fact that we, Spanish, are considered worse by both of them.. Indeed I commented this issue with a colleague from Tunisia and he replied

"Come on!!!, are you kidding me?? It's even worse for me. According to them I come from Africa.


Scary, isn't it?

Oct 13, 2012

1 YEAR!!

Wow!

It's been a year since I rented my flat, which I call -my petit grand palace-, and became "citizen" :)

I can't believe it. It has passed so quickly. It means that I am getting older & older in the same speed and I don't even realize it. Maybe it's the real time to buy the hairtonic and the BMW coupé cabriolet.... !
  

Cheers! 

Oct 9, 2012

Charming, beautiful..

I have been in Italy during my holidays and I realized the fact, again, that we tend to mis-use the words beautiful and charming.

What I mean is that for instance, Luxembourg is beautiful, because if we are objective, what we see here is quite beautiful, but it is a "cold" beauty that doesn't pull us towards it (when I say cold, I am not talking about the weather!! ;O) ). However, Italy can be beautiful and charming.

For instance, I was in Agrigento looking for a restaurant, and though Agrigento is beautiful and charming, there were many streets around Via Atenea with stairs, where the restaurants have many terraces.

If we are objective, these streets are not beautiful: it's the back facade of beautiful buildings, there are trash cans and even if we come closer, the smell is like cats. 

But the way these restaurants set the tables: the table clothes, the candles, the umbrellas.. ends up with a quite charming and attractive result.

I am missing this from Italy and Spain.. the charm!!!.

Please find an example of "charming + beautiful" :)

Take care! 

Oct 8, 2012

Being Spanish: recurrent topics

PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

I am sick of this. I don't know whether I've published it already or not.. but people keep repeating the same stupid questions.

"hey! where do you come from???"

"from Spain"

-and then, they look at you as if your life was miserable-

"ohhhhh, and how can you stand this weather??"

Let me explain you something. IN SPAIN, NOT EVERYTHING IS SUN, BEACH, BULLFIGHTS & PAELLA!!!

What I said: SICK OF IT!

And by the way, the weather in Lux is not that bad.

Schueberfouer

Dear all, 

I am writing and writing only having in mind that I AM DELAYED. This is not pleasant anymore !!! :P

The post of today, is to mention that in summer, in Luxembourg takes place the Schueberfouer.

It is located at Glacis park and it's the biggest fair in Luxembourg. It is 672 years old (which is quite a lot!). Founded in 1340 by John the blind, King of Bohemia and Count of Luxembourg, it starts on the eve of the feast of St. Bartholomew.

It has changed during the years and today it is a charming feast with attractions for kids, improvised biergartens and raffles. 

The funny thing is that, since Luxembourg is a rich place, apparently the worst price you can have is a huge flat screen TV!!! :O) 

Cheers!.

















 

Sep 29, 2012

Back from holidays...

Dear all,

It's been a long time since my last post. I know I am lazy but to be honest I didn't have the time to write. I have been working a lot, then I got sick and several things have occupied my time.

For instance, last week I went one day to the opera. Le Nozze di Figaro: one of the greatest, and though the performance was not the best.. I really enjoyed it. AND YES: IT IS CONFIRMED: MOZART WAS A GENIOUS!!!. What an opera!! what a feeling of forgiveness at the end just by listening to the music!! How funny! :O)

Yesterday I went to Trier, to the Theatre.. again a good time. When I crossed the border and I saw again the old frontier control I started thinking of how lucky we are with the Schengen Treaty and the freedom of movement within the EU. It is not just for the inconvenience of stopping or asking for a visa... I also thought of the wars occured in Europe and how fragile is the Europe we have built: what has taken ages to agree, to built up.. can very easily fall down.. It brought to my mind the famous "Checkpoint Charlie" in Berlin. No words: only feelings..

Anyway, I have to leave you. Just to let you know how tired I am: yesterday I just slept for 2 hours (I couldn't fall asleep). Today at 7:45 I had an appointment to change the winter tires, and then I did the monthly shopping. OMG!. When I relized the fact that I couldn't pull the trolley anymore or what I bought was actually bigger that the space I have in my car.. PFF What a nightmare!

Take care and see you soon!

Jul 31, 2012

Things happening in the Duchy

What should I do?

relaxing and going swimming this weekend (which is what I really wanna do) and if I can, to visit Metz???? or staying at home, visiting the palace and going to the medieval market in Vianden???

I don't know. The palace is normally closed I got the tickets in the waiting list...

:O( This is not like the cars............................... I NEED YOUR ADVICE!!!!!

BY THE WAY!

I am visiting Sicily the last week of august. Any of my readers can give me any tip about it???? what to visit, what I have to do, etc etc??? I'd really appreciate that!

Grazie mille ed alla prossima!!!!!!!

Lady smuggler is rude

My dear all

You never expect that your people are less mannered as you are. Or at least this is what I expect, because I am quite well mannered.

My neighbour had been leaving me more fruit, vegetables, un-identified grocery elements and the Financial Times.. so I decided to look for goji berries for her.

Nobody in Luxembourg has ever heard of them. How come! there were so trendy in Spain and in some shops they were even substituting the french fries!...

Finally I chose some raspberry and other blueberries tea in a nice box and I left it with a note

"I hope you are fine..." (because a couple of days before she wrote me that she was feeling like the shit a cat brings home from outside..), "I had been looking for your berries...but I got you some raspberry tea"...

AND SHE ASWERS TO MY SMALL NOTE:

"
- I'll learn to like it
- I don't need goji berries
----"
In which moment has she become nasty? She leaves me a lot of things that I dislike but I say just "thanks, you didn't have to".

I can't leave in this world anymore...

Becoming posh...

I am terrified.

I am becoming a posh guy. What I thought I would never happen to me. (I've always had "a touch" of posh but not that much).

I used to say: "please, before becoming like that, I die!!".. "let me know when I become that stupid"...

Apparently nobody warned me and last Sunday I was supposed to visit le Palais Ducale with some friends but as we didn't reserve in advance we didn't get the tickets.

I was wearing a white Ralph Lauren polo, a couple of shorters, my white sleepers (everything avec la correspondance des couleurs et tissus) and as if we were in Almería minimum or Egypt... a couple of big big big aviator RayBan sunglasses.

Of course THERE WAS NO SUN, we had 19 degrees but "just in case" I was wearing such an outfit. Not even Victoria Beckham. Not even my Japanese friend who is quite trendy and has strict fashion rules would have dressed like that. 

So we went to a small place - so called KONRAD - close to the palace to grab a drink and keep being ultra posh. 

This place was what people would denominate nowadays "a cosy place" with armchairs, small tea tables and some corners with vintage decoration. (Effectively nothing was matching but we were posh for 1 day, stupid forever.. ). ;O)

This place happened to be a "bio-we care so much about nature-and sale weird products". The waitress directly spoke to us in English because she was a foreigner.. and for the first time we didn't have to play the game "moien" (greeting in Luxembourgish), "Est-ce que vous parlez anglais?? Nous ne parlons pas bon français" (Begging in French to talk in another language)... so she asked us what we wanted an I, as a charming provincian guy happen to order an Aquarius.

AQUARIUS. OH MY GOD YOU SINNER!!!! HOW DARE YOU!!! ordering a "coca-cola branded" drink in a biological place!!!.

You can imagine the face of the waitress... However, I took my revenge: I asked her what she had.. and SHE DIDN'T KNOW. 

L'eusses-tu cru? :O) So I order a lemonade which finally had appel taste, no lemon and was sparkling. I read the label just out of curiosity and I must recognize that the "bio thing" is totally fake.

It's quite convenient, quite practical being posh in such a place.. because you just say yes to what your friends say: the armchairs are so separated that you can't hear at all what people sitting around are saying........ I'll take my next visitors to this bar 


hehehe :O)


take care

Jul 26, 2012

Sick of advices!!!!!!!!!

Dear all,

I am thinking of buying a car.... Plucking the daisy: I buy it, I don’t, I buy, I don’t .... WE ALL KNOW THAT I EVEN FOR CHOOSING A BUNCH OF CLIPS I need a MsExcel spreadsheet "as a tool for decision" with opinions, references, features ... blah blah blah in the end for nothing, because finally I always pick up what I wanted in the very beginning...
With the car issue, it’s the same ... but with the only difference that I'm already sick of advice. Yesterday, I spoke to a friend of mine and I said "Maybe I buy a car" and then she replied, "But do not ask for a loan, if you crash you have to keep paying!".
Not to mention that if I crash.. paying the loan would be the minor problem I had
F*CK ALL THE PEOPLE AND THEIR "WISE ADVICES! Nobody tells you "oh, it's great, buy a nice one and if you can, buy me another one": everyone says sarcastically (and with the best intentions):

  • Puffffff: this brand brings many problems ... (and which one doesn’t?? ...! I don’t know any!!  I still remember the story of one of the safest and least spoil that had to be found all over the world to detect the problem and repair it for free to everyone: it had to be something quite serious! ..)
  • Puffffff: but it is very expensive!
  • Puffffff: that colour is very dirty!
  • Puffffffffff: in that colour all the scratches are a lot more visible...!!.
  • Pufffffffffff: the insurance premium is gonna be huge ... "the more horses..."
  • Pufffff: and why do you want a car so big?
  • Or.. Puffff: do you want a car so small???
  • Or ... heyyyyyyyyyy how many horses! But you… why do you want to drive so fast???
  • Or... But how few horses!
  • Puffffffffff: if you crash .................
  • No, what you need is a reliable and powerful car (isn’t it a bit inconsistent with the previous statements???!??)
  • Pufffffffffff: if you crash and you have a loan .....
  • Puffffffffffffff: it is very large
  • Puffffffffffff: it is very small
  • Puffffffffffff:diesel ... maybe in winter, the filter ....
  • Puffffffffffff: gasoline: more expensive .... Estimate the miles you will drive in your whole life, estimate the cost and you'll see whether it’s convenient!!
  • Puffffffffffffff: no time for the hybrids yet ..........................
  • Pufffffffffff: repairs are quite expensive on that model .....................
  • Pfffffffffffffffffffff why don’t you buy it in (i.e.) New Zealand. There, they are there almost free!
  • Listen, I have an acquaintance who .....
And the Luxembourgish variants:
  • Cabrio??? There is no sun in Luxembourg!!!!
  • Buy a cabrio: Luxembourg is not like the South of Europe: you can complete open it and not melt with the sun.
  • If the car is very low you cannot move in the snow.
  • If the car is very high (or a convertible) and you lose stability and you will definitely knock over
  • It is essential to have in Luxembourg ...
  • It has to be very small for driving in Luxembourg… otherwise you cannot park - said the one who owns an Audi Q7 Phantom - (no bigger car). On the other hand … obviously he has not ever driven in Madrid ... where you park in 1 parking space 4 cars.

No, currently if I, eventually, buy a car, it’ll be the most expensive and horrible one basing my decision on the FEAR & Expenses… as "Ros" (the Friends’ character), "THE SAFEST IN ITS CLASS"  I'm sick of everything! TIRED!.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME??? WHAT DO I DO? SHALL I BUY A COUPLE OF NORMAL SKATES AND A COUPLE OF ICE SKATES??: So that
  • I do not buy a diesel nor a gasoline nor a hybrid
  • The horses are "fair enough" , I don’t drive fast nor slowly (acceleration from 0 to 100 is "the fair one”)
  • No worries about the insurance
  • I won’t crash: cars will just bump me
  • The skates are a cabrio, coupé and berlina at the same time depending on my coat
  • Less noticeable scratches
  • A lot cheaper
  • “changing tires” is easy and cheap ...
  • Nor big nor small
  • "I park" where I want
  • And I can import them from New Zealand...
LOVELY!!!

Jul 24, 2012

Jazz Rally

Just to mention this....

2 days ago (21/07/2012) we had the Jazz rally. For free you can go to the Grund district and enjoy the best jazz & blues bands. 

I liked one of them pretty much and also the environment is quite nice. All Luxembourg is there and there are also the typical places with fried stuff for dinner (from churros to hamburgers or sausages) :O) mmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!! I LOVE THEM.

Seriously. A date to take into account to visit Lux-ville.

It starts like at 21:30 until 1:00. :) Once a year.

By the way.. I don't know whether I am writing more posts until September: I am going on holidays and maybe nothing relevant happens in this couple of weeks.

If I can't write more.. see you in September!!!

Take care and be good! :)

I am lazy....Pfaffenthal

Dear all,

I am being quite lazy these days... no friends visiting, no good weather.. just tired and not in the mood for anything.

Fortunately, I've a colleague who likes walking around and from Bonnevoie we walked to Kirchberg and came back through Pfaffenthal.

It's an interesting route.

We took Avenue de la Porte Neuve and turned right over the red bridge (Roud Bréck) towards la Philarmonie and the European institutions.


Then, we continued through the Luxembourg's castle Fort Thüngen (known as Drei Eechelen), close to the MUDAM.


It was scary passing through the fortress in the night. Trespassing the walls, going through "secret" passageways... quite impressing.!


The view over the city was awesome. Then we continued in the woods until Pfaffenthal.


Pfaffenthal is a district of Luxembourg in the valley of the Alzette (obviously just between the old town and Kirchberg). It is part of the city in which in the past, ill people with incurable diseases such as lepra, were forced to live.

The curious thing (it can be read on a banner over the bridge) is that the first waterworks and watermill of the city were placed there. 


The Pfaffenthal district preserves various monuments of the ancient city such as the bridge, some walls, a tower, an old cemetery, and typical buildings. A Roman road used to cross that forest in the past, and there is also an old railway crossing the Alzette river.

The old monastery of Altmünster and just close to it, one of the oldest water mills in the country are quite worthy to see. Besides, to arrive in the centre again, one has to climb up a hill in which passes through several doors of the old city until Saint Michael Church...

Just do it.

Take care!

Jul 1, 2012

Lululand 0 - Italy 1

Again, I don't want anybody to be offended but this weekend I am feeling quite... how to express it!!!

What I mean is that though I like Luxembourg, I am "making an effort" to like it as well, and this weekend I am really sick of Luxembourg. No extra effort can be made.

French people call it "lulu land, or lulu ville (lux city)"... this can go for another post. I don't care.

The thing is that today it's the final of the Eurocup. Spain vs Italy. I spoke to my cousin yesterday, (who is living in Rome, the greatest city in the world) and I mentioned:

- "yeahh. I might go to Knuedler to watch the match"

 and she answered naturally...

- "oh yes! I am going to the Circo Massimo"

DON'T YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE???? Knuedler vs Circo Massimo??? WHAT THE HELL IS KNUEDLER. THIS IS INSIGNIFICANT!: NO BEAUTY, NO GLORY, NOTHING!!!
(yes, the foundation of the EU, bla bla bla but what's that??)....

There is a footprint of culture, civilization and development not only in the city but in the inhabitants that I would like to enjoy.

I like the "multiculti" stuff but there is a limit. I'd like to enjoy that beauty as well... It's a pity that jobs related to my field are mainly in Milano.. because I would ask for a transfer to Rome TODAY!


Take care!

Jun 27, 2012

"lady smuggler has a problem"

OMG!

I hope it is not serious.. I've received a new note, accompaigned with a bol of almonds... asking me whether I could keep her mail in the case she needs to be admitted in a hospital... and apoloying for any inconvenience.

I don't have the key yet.. but let's see.

Turining it into something funny (and keeping hoping it's not serious at all)... I can see the cops or the Anti Money Landering police taking me into prison for this black market of grocery :)))))

I'll keep you posted

XXX

P.S. Should I declare these almonds and the tomatoes as benefit in kind to the tax authority????

National holiday

The National Holiday!!!

Remind me to write down the dates of the events, just in case any of you want to participate in one of them....

The National Holiday took place the last weekend. In fact it's the 23rd of June and there are events on the 22nd and the 23rd.

For me it was funny.

There were many things but I only could go to the ones after work on Friday and the remaining ones on Saturday, just before falling asleep for 5 hours... :)

I was meeting a colleague from the office at the post office in "Aldringen", (the meeting point in Luxembourg for everybody) and while he was arriving, a drunk young guy who was waiting with somebody else (drunk as well) for someone else.. (TOO MANY "ELSE"'s in this sentence!!!)... approached to me, and asked me:

"Lëtzebuerger???" (not yet)
"Français???" (not encore)
"English???" and then we started talking.

It's funny how fear makes people bigger. This guy was at least 10 years younger than me and even thinner (which is not that easy). In anycase, in the minute he talked to me and I was wanting my colleague to arrive more than ever, he mentioned that music in Luxembourg is too commercial.... That's it but my adrenaline sharply increased!!!

Well, coming back to the National Holiday... Luxembourg was crowded. I don't know why they don't celebrate more things in this way if they love partying that much.

There were people every where. There were music bands in several places in the centre.

When my colleague arrived we went together first to the "Torch Parade". We were at Knuedler, just in front of the City Hall. There was a platform on which the Grand Duke, family and personalities were sitting down while the parade was passing by.

With all my respect I didn't like the parade. It's picturesque, but I didn't like it.

a) the band was playing either the beginning of the 20th century fox soundtrack for their movies with the drums... (which of course, leads me to think in another stuff).
b) the military marchs they were playing for the parade seemed to be taken from a Marx Brother's movie.

So in the end, my mind was expecting Groucho Marx to suddely appear jumping over there, to greet the Royal Family. :O)

In the parade there were, apart from the police, the army, etc., several associations such as (I am inventing the names and please, no big deal, I don't want anybody to feel offended. my apologies in advance) "little scouts from Luxembourg", "lovers of dogs", "primary school of wherever", "we love swimming pools association", "we like dressing with typical period dresses" and so on. They had a kind of small harvester with the flag, and behind the flag the people with the banner and the torches...

There were as well a Portuguese group and another one from somewhere else... 

With regard to the Portughese group they graceless danced in front of the Duke something typical..  and the others, yes, they were better dancers but behind me there were a couple of Italians (with no idea) commenting: they must be Spanish.. look at their hats of bullfighters... ---- as you can imagine, they could be from anywhere except from Spain ----, precisely for the hat, the dress, the dance, the race, the EVERYTHING.

By contrast there were many old Luxembourgish liking it pretty much "ja ja".. :O).

Then we moved to the "Balcony of Europe" to see the fireworks. They set them in Adolphe Bridge so from every point of the city can be seen. MARVELLOUS. I like fireworks a lot and these, I can say, are among the best ones I've ever seen. I had never seen before a waterfall of fire.. 

Finally (to end with Friday), we went to one of the outdoor parties for a while and then back home.

On Saturday, there was a Te Deum in the Cathedral, a military parade in front of Arcelor Mittal (Av. de la Liberté), games for kids, more music, .. I went out to take a hamburger from one of those German mobile places :))) The price is 3,50 € let's see next year how much it costs!!! :O) 

On TV, RTL Luxembourg, the whole day talking about the national holiday... and interviews to the son of the Grand Duke. I must confess that he seems to be "un mec sympa et cool". How charming he seems to be. How funny and natural. I've done a "kinda" research / survey and I am not the only one who thinks that. The interviewer laughing and this kind of person whom you pay attention to when whe talks.... 

Anyway.. I don't wanna this post to be the longest in the world...  have a look at the crappy pics I took in the night with my cell......

Take care
 

:)

BTW: the big Luxembourgish flag in the Balcony of Europe with the goldened "H" and the crown means the name of the Duke: Henry. And by chance, his brithday is on the 22nd :)