Luxembourg – je t’aime, moi non plus…

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Living in Luxembourg pros and cons

Ech hun dech gär…that’s as close as you can get to saying “i love you” in Luxemburgish. Isn’t that sad? Luckily there are two more official languages to express your romantic feelings!

Correct me if I’m wrong but Luxembourg is the one and only country having three official languages (Luxemburgisch, French and German) and English being widely spoken.

Thanks to big expat and migrant communities, Portuguese, Italian and many other European and also non-European languages are spoken in the streets. Isn’t this unique? You become a polyglot by staying in one place – the heart of Europe! 💙💛

Finding a job? There are just banks and funds?! Luxleaks, fiscal paradise, Panama Papers…?

Amazon, Ferrero, Skype and many others recently declared their European headquarters here. No only for fiscal reasons and low social security charges but also thanks to the multilingual workforce. Wages are high and indexed to inflation. The country has more jobs than active workforce. Therefore many cross-country employees commute every day.

Makes the GDP per capita one of the highest in the world and the traffic jams also the most annoying worldwide.

Having 100,000 people more during lunch break than in the evening or on weekends make the city sometimes a real bore. Why do you all rush home instead of having some afterwork drinks?

Luxembourg has no culture?! Yes it does, afterwork on Wednesday and Thursday – but only on a sunny day. Where else in the world would you pay 5€ for a small beer to drink on the street? And yes this is both legal and socially accepted here! 😏😎✌🏿️

imageimageimageimageOctober to April are dark winter months with zero sunshine. Not only is there a lack of sunshine but also no blue skies, wet cold, rain, strong winds that will make you freeze to death and hate this place. Thats why we all migrate to southern Europe. Or at least dream of a sunnier place to be. This place reliably triggers my #wanderlust

Spring and summer however are incredibly picturesque!

If you’re allergic, better stay inside, those beautiful blossoms have some side effects.. 😝🙈🌸

The architecture is just stunning! From french sandstone villas on Avenue de la liberte to modern steel- glass office buildings on Kirchberg – the eye and camera lense has much to capture. And then the city mixes with parcs in its middle to have a green silent heart surrounded by its hectic loud life..

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Go check out the Luxemburgish Switzerland and beautiful castles in the North!

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Nightlife.. Well Luxi with you ridiculous prices you have become my rehab. Let’s better predrink with friends at my place and not pay your silly 15€ for a cocktail. Wages are not that high either!😈 🙀😿

And then you shouldn’t get too wasted either. Chances are high to run into your boss at a party. Or anyone you’ve ever met here. Byebye anonymous life! Socialize!

Lux is the cheapest country to study? Well cost of living is high but:

  • student accomodations are subsidized
  • tuition fees low
  • alcohol, cigarettes and gas cheap ( #tanktourismus)
  • you can go grocery shopping in Germany
  • No charges for medical insurance (those savings actually pay my rent) …

Construction

Right now, one can’t take any photos without cranes and construction sites. Sorry tourists from Far East for all the #Kranplatz …

What do you love and hate about Luxembourg? Or have you never been there? Leave me a comment 😉

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Shanghai’s nightlife – party every damn day?!

Vegas is the best place to party ?!- what if I tell you a secret…

Shanghai by night is better!

Am I the one to judge? I guess so, one of my top three rules for Shanghai was to see every club. I tried hard, I even wrote this list after I forgot I had already been to one club before.. 😀

Clubs/bars been to
7th floor
Luce
Myst
M2
Mint
Modu
Diva
Fusion
Bar Rouge
Lotus
Unico
Propaganda
La Bamba
Café des stagiaires
Perry’s
Muse
Beer festival
The apartment
The Shelter
Cirque le soir
Windows
Lola
M on the Bund
Linx

My favourite: M1NT Shanghai

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We tried hard and failed. There are way too many clubs to see and we ended up going to our favourite ones anyway:

  • Wednesday after Chinese Class to Model’s Night at Mint
  • Thursday in Summer to Ladies Night at Bar Rouge
  • Saturday at Mint again

And when we were very motivated also Tuesday Ladies Night at M2 or at Modu and Friday something new.

What makes Shanghai’s nightlife so awesome?

  1. Free entrance (yes, also for guys!)
  2. Free vestiaire
  3. Free drinks! (yes, not only for girls!)
  4. every day
  5. free entrance to DJs (Fedde le Grand)
  6. free strippers (forget Saumur!)
  7. cheap taxi rides home (max 70 RMB/10€ for 10km)

How does this work?

Well, over time you’ll get to know some promotors who will send you a daily summary of the best parties and they are paid for getting you in for free and giving you free drinks. :O

Chinese clubs are full of tables where Chinese sit down to loud music to order expensive bottles. Foreigners are cross-subventioned for partying hard on the dance floor, because that’s apparently what makes clubs fancy. I have some doubts about that revenue model and ethics though…

Beijing is kind of the same – with most clubs in the street next to Worker’s Stadium:

So, maybe next time:

Mook
Phebe Light à côté
Maya
Playboy
Mansion
S2
Logo
Zlounge
Dada underground group
Nest
Yonkong lu (Straße von café des stagiares)
Les barons….

Do you now understand why Luxembourg feels like a rehab to me? 😉

Last but not least:

“Can we take a selfie? What’s your wechat?” 😀IMG_8540