What to do when it’s a cold, wet and grey Sunday? Well, one option is to curl up under the rug with a steaming mug of hot cocoa (or mulled wine) and a damn good book (or Netflix). However, one could arguably do this on any cold and rainy day. Instead, the duo decided to make the most of Luxembourg’s heritage day for a day trip across the border. Also, much as they love each other’s company, they also occasionally enjoy changing the dynamics with the presence of friends, so they invited their neighbour Mickey Mouse along.
Luxembourg is interesting. Its history, its language, its culture, everything is fascinating.
Firstly, what is it? A country? A state? No… it’s the Duchy of Luxembourg. It was a part of the Holy Roman Empire, but at different points in history, it fell on different sides of dividing state lines, claimed by everyone from the French to the Belgians to the Dutch to the Germans…
This may explain the language Luxembourgois (or Luxembourgish, if you will): Wikipedia has a fancy explanation, but according to us it’s 70% German, 15% French, 10% Dutch, and we swear, 5% non-existent words made up as they go along.
Is it a democracy? Do people get to vote? Is it an plutocracy of several big banks (of which Luxembourg has plenty?) Do the evil corporates run this highly-functioning, wealthy state? Is it anarchy? Does society simply function this well without anyone at the reins? Who knows? Every Luxembourgois(e) we’ve met seems like the ideal citizen who self-polices and driven by moral instincts stronger than the average person… No, Luxembourg’s governance is actually a feudal monarchy. Not even kidding.
OK, so now all that stuff’s out the way, here’s a piece of present-day living heritage from Luxembourg.
M. Thessy Klein is quite a specimen. There are those of us whose closest efforts of caring for the environment takes us to re-using shopping bags, carpooling, taking shorter showers, or if we’re really proactive, creating a compost heap and choosing to buy/build A-rating houses. This isn’t to belittle small efforts. Every action counts. But there’s those of us like that, and then there is M. Thessy.
We’d like to argue that M. Klein is a piece of living Luxembourg heritage because it is men like him who change the world. Here is a man with a simple vision of feeding the community good, healthy organic produce, grown by himself and his family, delivered to the people’s doorstep, and occasionally, given away for free. Someone, give this man an award for lowering the morbidity rate and extending the average lifespan of the people of Luxembourg.
For those who live in Luxembourg and are interested, here are some details. The Ninja Turtle and GodzillaPin were, as usual, not paid for this piece of write-up, although we will disclaim that we were given a bag of radishes. That said, the radishes were offered to us BEFORE we decided to blog about M. Klein’s cool truck. So, please keep a good thing going, as we need more world-changing initiatives like this!