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Chorizo and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams"

Chorizo or Chouriço

I am on Kali Linux and writing this using FireFox. This Kali Linux environment does not have Japanese Input Method (like mozc or anthy) installed so I can not write in Japanese but I can still read Japanese sites.

In a way, I can write in Japanese. I can copy Japanese words and text from some web sites and paste them here.

I will finish this entry using Ubuntu Studio later.

I Went to a local supermarket called Cactus to buy some food for my beloved Hannah, the cat. The Cactus group is seemingly a Luxembourg based and owned by Luxembourger(s).

There are supermarkets and other retail stores in Luxembourg.

We have other supermarkets namely Auchan (French origin) group ones, Delhaize ones (Belgian origin) and those Cactus ones. I suppose there are more of them (Carrefour group ones) but they are not so visible.

The thing I want to write is a kind of cured meat that I often buy at those supermarkets.

Chorizo is the Spanish name and Chouriço is the Portuguese name. Basically smoked (and spiced) pork sausages that are common here in Europe.

More info (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorizo)

Spanish ones and Portuguese one are different at least the ones sold in Luxembourg are different.

I visited a Portuguese supermarket that I am very sure owned by Portuguese (or ex-Portuguese) people where undoubtedly majority of the customers are like the owners. There I found the typical Portuguese ones that are sold in other supermarkets in Luxembourg so I concluded that the popular Portuguese ones are what I am getting.

They come in spicy version and not so spicy version. I prefer spicy ones.

Spanish ones are red (from paprika) but Portuguese ones are not red, meaning that they have significantly less paprika ingredient.

Portuguese ones to me taste saltier for some reason and they are also chewier. It may have something to do with paprika powder. It may change the texture of the meat mixture.

According to Wikipedia, the Portuguese ones could be hotter (than their Spanish cousins) in terms of spiciness (paprika and pepper) but the ones I am getting is not spicy (enough for me) anyway.

I used to buy Spanish chorizos but lately started buying Portuguese chouriços because good Chorizos are hard to come by but bad Chouriços are not so common.

So at Delhaize I find predominantly Spanish Chorizos but no Chouriços. At Cactus I find predominantly Chouriços but much fewer Chorizos.

Why so? I think because there are so many Portuguese immigrants here and Portuguese stuff is so casual and present here in Luxembourg. There are no traditional Luxembourg sausages but the Portuguese ones have become the substitution for them. It is possible that the owner(s) or most of the managers of the franchise stores are from Portugal.

"The Secrets We Keep (2020)"

The story takes place in 1960's (or late 1950s) in the United States of America but many of the characters are from Europe. It is post WWII story, where escaped / survived Jewish people are still suffering from the bad memories of the past.

Noomi Rapace plays a Roma (so-called Gypsy or Zgeuner in German people call themselves so).

Overall, the story was plausible and I could easily made it to the ending.

Polka Dots and Moonbeams

One of my favorite tunes. It is the second tune after "Re: Person I Knew (an anagram for album producer's name Orrin Keepnews)" on Bill Evans Trio "Moonbeams" so he or the producer thought it apt to borrow the part of the title.

I did not know that this "Poka Dots and Moonbeams" was so popular among Jazz musicians.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Chorizo and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams"]の続きを読む

テーマ:日記 - ジャンル:日記

  1. 2021/02/10(水) 22:05:22|
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The Resident Card Renewal

I am a resident but not so evil

I am a resident in Luxembourg. I am a Japanese man in Luxembourg (not an Englishmen in New York). This time I was renewing the resident card. Because of the COVID-19 mess, the process has been greatly hampered for almost all the people involved in this business.

As the immigration office (the counters that handle the people) has been working almost exclusively behind the curtain (only those who have an appointment can come in), the process has been slow.

My resident card has been expired a bit while but my application has been now approved and I got a letter from the office. It said that my application had been approved and the next step would be taking a biometrics photo so I would have to make an appointment through their site. I did.

I will go to the office at the bespoken time and will be allowed to enter the office. I don't know how long I would have to wait until I get the actual card but this is only a technical matter.



48 Hours

I am not talking about the movie that starred Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. This 48-hour time frame is the time frame given to residents in Luxembourg to stay within Belgium before returning to his or her resident country (Luxembourg) without being forced to a 14-day quarantine.

There was a same measure taken during the lockdown (or its aftermath) in May or June? Because of the recent rise in numbers of people who happened to have some corona virus on the surface of their throat. This does not mean they are "infected" but the media reports don't really tell the truth.

I am driving to Belgium frequently and come back less than 10 or 20 minutes as I work in an area bordering with Belgium and France. People cross the borders without thinking for a moment in Luxembourg.

I am going to drive to a small city in Belgium and drive back within half a day soon. I was asked a friend of mine to do so. This person wants to go there to adopt a dog. I am just a designated driver.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [The Resident Card Renewal]の続きを読む

テーマ:猫のいる生活 - ジャンル:ペット

  1. 2020/09/26(土) 15:53:11|
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Big companies / organizations in Luxembourg

Some statistics concerning companies and organizations in Luxembourg

Largest Employers in Luxembourg , 2019

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(Click to magnify: image taken from the URL 1. below)

Who is the most attractive employer in Luxembourg?

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(Click to magnify: image taken from the URL 2. below)

URLs
1. https://delano.lu/d/detail/news/largest-employers-luxembourg-2019/206898
2. https://www.randstad.lu/en/hr-mag/archives/who-is-the-most-attractive-employer-in-luxembourg-_179

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Big companies / organizations in Luxembourg]の続きを読む

テーマ:ヨーロッパ - ジャンル:海外情報

  1. 2020/07/23(木) 07:38:06|
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June 23rd is a National Holiday in Luxembourg

... but there seems to be no big celebration after all

Commonly known as Duke's Birthday, June 23rd is normally a quiet day followed by a series of events (highlighted by fireworks in the sky near the center of the city). They usually block the big avenue between the center of the city and the central station and have a parade attended by the Royal Family.

Due to the Wuhan virus pandemic, there seems to be no events happening. The current Duke will make a televised address to us but there will be no big celebration in the previous evening. On the eve of the holiday people will still go out since the following day is a holiday but there will be no big gatherings.

The quiet Tuesday in Luxembourg but it is just another business-as-usual day in neighboring countries so businesses are open. For those who work here in Luxembourg and commute by crossing the border, it is a pleasant day for shopping and all.

Many of us (living and working in Luxembourg) will go cross the border for shopping in neighboring countries. Many visit Germany for household stuff (and food) and others visit France or Belgium for other stuff. Prices are generally lower in the neighboring countries except for fuels, tobacco products, alcohol products and some other rare stuff.

Cycle lanes in Luxembourg

RTL news site (https://today.rtl.lu/) = permanent

An article (https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1534781.html) = not permanent, will disappear eventually

This article says that the government is thinking of making some country roads exclusive for cyclists and for the local farmers and local residents' cars during Summer.

I have a mixed opinion on it.

1. Promoting cycling activities and promoting the cyclist-awareness (keeping a safe distance between cyclists and automobiles) among drivers is good.
2. Having safe roads for cycling is good.

On the other hand,
3. I don't like cycling on flat roads.
4. Having more line-separated cyclist lanes along the main roads (like those frequently and ubiquitously found in the Netherlands and Belgium) is much better.

My Linux PC (an old second hand HP) is running slow?

I wonder. It is an old PC, indeed. I just swapped the CPUs from Intel Pentium Dual Core E5500 to Core 2 Quad Q9500. The clock speeds are almost identical but the latter has twice as many cores as the former. My current configuration should be almost twice as snappy as it used to be. Still it feels sluggish for some reasons.

It feels sluggish when some files are being copied via the USB ports. The sluggishness has something to do with its old archaic chipsets maybe.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [June 23rd is a National Holiday in Luxembourg]の続きを読む

テーマ:猫のいる生活 - ジャンル:ペット

  1. 2020/06/18(木) 13:26:01|
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French borders are open now?

Are French borders open now?

Now (or lately) I have been taking advantages of "free public transport" in Luxembourg and have been commuting by train and bus to work (and of course back home). There is also an issue with my car (Mazda MX-5 and it needs to be repaired). I am not saying that my Mazda MX-5 has a problem but someone bumped into it a while ago.

Today (at the time of starting to write this, June 16) I noticed something (as I was off Yesterday). There were trains going to Longwy, France from Luxembourg. This means as I guessed that the French finally opened its borders (at least one of its border shared by Luxembourg) to other Schengen treaty countries.

The Belgium border shared by Luxembourg has been open for a while for those visiting the family or for shopping. I remember that the Belgian government said it would open its borders from June 15 and so on for sight-seers and others.


Outdoors people

I was living in the U.S.A. in the early 90's and one of my favorite TV shows was SNL, Saturday Night Live. I learned a lot of English (actually Americanism to be exact) by watching the show.

One of the issues that SNL at that time dealt with was PC, political correctness stuff. they made a lot of jokes about it. Short people was not an acceptable expression but gravitationally challenged people was an acceptable alternative, for example. One of the expressions that I remember is this, outdoors people where traditionally homeless people was used.

I was going to disembark the train this morning at the station which is the last stop before crossing the border when I saw and heard the conductor on the board asked seemingly an outdoors person by the appearance of his if he had a train ticket to get on board. He replied, "No but ..." in French as the question was also in French.

As you can see, nobody asks you if you have a ticket in a public transportation in Luxembourg unless you are seated in a first class seat anymore. The man was going to get aboard a train which was about to cross the border so this man needed a proper ticket.

Unlucky for him! I don't know he bought a ticket to get on board later or not.


Highest point (altitude) in Belgium

Signal de Botrange (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signal_de_Botrange) is the place located not too far from the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit. The altitude is whopping 694 meters (2,277 feet). That of Luxembourg is a tad lower than this place (560 meters).

It is located about 45 km from Aywaille, Belgium. It is a bit closer to Coo, Belgium. These two names (of the towns or villages) were chosen because there are train stations that Belgian Railroad's IC (International something? They skip many small stations) trains stop.


In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [French borders are open now?]の続きを読む

テーマ:ヨーロッパ - ジャンル:海外情報

  1. 2020/06/17(水) 16:36:30|
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