Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bovine Diplomacy in Luxembourg...

My husband just returned from a visit to his company's European headquarters in rural Luxembourg.  During his trip, he encountered a rather friendly herd of cattle while driving through the countryside....see attached video below.

Of course, this made me nostalgic for Luxembourg, as I spent a semester abroad my junior year of college studying in its capital, Luxembourg City. Bordered by France, Germany, and Belgium, Luxembourg is a centrally located European country, rich in culture, history, and economic productivity. It has the highest GDP per capita worldwide, according to the IMF, (International Monetary Fund). It serves as an international leader in financial industries including banking and reinsurance, with the second largest (to the U.S.) investment fund center worldwide. Additionally, its industrial sector includes steel, chemicals, and rubber.

Historically, its significance dates back to its founding as a Roman era fortress and Frankish count's castle site in the early Middle Ages. Its culture is a mix of Romance (i.e. Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Catalan languages) and Germanic (i.e. English, German, Dutch languages) influences, integrating customs from each unique tradition. Interestingly, the official language of the country is French; however, the newspapers are printed in German, and the everyday language at home is Luxembourgish, a hodge podge of the two.  (

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