Author: Martin J.

23
Oct

Episode 6 – Dot Bekker

This episode was produced by Jess Bauldry. In it, Jess interviews Dot Bekker, a Zimbabwean entrepreneur who made a career out of mentoring, business coaching and website development.

Many of may know her as the former president of the women’s networking organisation The Network. She lived in the Grand Duchy for four and a half years before deciding to embark on a major life journey to return home to Africa. You can find out more about Dot and her long trip home by visiting goinghometoafrica.com.

18
Oct

Episode Five – A Trio of Expats


This episode is a bit different to what you’ve heard from us in the past, as it features not one but three interviewees in one single episode.

The reason for having three people in one episode is that I wanted to round off the first “season,” which by the way is a concept we will be moving away from, by getting multiple perspectives on what Luxembourg means to expats, what brought them here, and how they find life in the Grand Duchy. In short, what their experience of moving here and settling in has been like.

8
Jun

Episode Four – Fredrika from Ouni

Hello all,

This episode is a little bit different, as it’s our first episode which doesn’t focus on someone’s experience moving to and living in Luxembourg. A few weeks back I wrote an article about plastic waste in Luxembourg for RTL Today. One of my colleagues sent me a link to a report which showed that Luxembourg is the second worst offender in Europe when it comes to producing plastic waste – a whopping 52kg per person and year, compared to the EU average of 31kg. (more…)

14
Apr

Episode Three – John-Paul Gomez (wurst.lu)


Hello all,

This episode features John-Paul Gomez, or JP, of wurst.lu fame. Originally from the US, JP has lived in Luxembourg for over a decade. He has become something of a local celebrity through his satirical news blog, wurst.lu, through which he shares is rather sardonic views of life in the Duchy.

We talk about the Wurst, of course, but also news in Luxembourg more broadly, what brought him to the Duchy, neighbours who don’t say Moien, and much more.
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10
Mar

No Secrets

Expats on Facebook often say that Luxembourg is boring, so I thought I would devise a game to help you kill some time this weekend. But first, we must go back to 1929, when Frigyes Karinthy hypothesised that you are never more than six steps away from anyone else. This sounds ridiculous if you are a very literal person, but of course Frigyes didn’t mean actual, literal steps. If we were talking actual steps, the theory would be subject to an almost endless number of extenuating factors – chief among which would be how long your legs are, and whether the person in question is also walking towards you. If you only count your own steps, you would be within 6 steps of anyone who is walking towards you so long as you are an exceptionally slow walker. (more…)

24
Feb

Confusing Communication

My first encounter with a Luxembourger – at least so far as I can remember – was in 2012. It was dark autumn evening, and we met outside a church in the Bruntsfield1 area of Edinburgh. Not because we are pious, which is neither here nor there (mainly there, as in, we’re not), but because it served as a suitable midway between our two domiciles at which to meet for what would be the first of many dates and subsequent co-ownership of a dog. But again, that’s neither here nor there. Mainly there. (more…)

22
Nov

Episode Two – Mike McQuaide (An American in Luxembourg)


Hello all,

This episode features Mike McQuaide, better known as “An American in Luxembourg.” Mike has lived in Luxembourg for about five years, and in that time has managed to secure an audience of over 15,000 followers for his popular facebook page, An American in Luxembourg, where he writes, sings, and shares photos and videos of his adventures around the Duchy.

We talk about moving to Luxembourg, learning the language, the popularity of his page, his new book, and much more.
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20
Nov
Distance

A Matter of Metres

On the face of it, the metric system is a wonderfully practical and doubtlessly universal concept – a metre is a metre in Luxembourg, much like a similar if completely different metre in Australia is also a metre. While their circumstances may be very different – perhaps the metre in Luxembourg is a bit wetter; the one in Australia a bit more prone to surfing and wearing shorts – they are both, when it comes down to it, a distance of 100 centimetres, or 1000 millimetres. To argue otherwise would be scientific folly, but that’s never stopped me before. (more…)

23
Oct

Episode One – Steven Weinberg

Hello all,

This first full-length episode of Letzcast features teacher and photographer Steven Weinberg, who while born in the Netherlands has lived in Luxembourg for over 30 years. We talk about his many adventures with “the little one” (his car), how he became a teacher, the virtues of learning Luxembourgish, and much more. Remember to subscribe to Letzcast on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app.

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5
Aug

Trailer

Hello all,

We are hard at work bringing you the first season of the podcast, but there is a while to go yet. We are still recording interviews, and we are still (and always) looking for people to talk to. If you know anyone who might have a story to share, or if you do yourself, please do feel free to drop us a line. In the meanwhile, you can listen to the very first little trailer of the podcast above. There will be lots more to listen to in due time, so do stay tuned.

Best,

Martin