Diekirchers have a thing for donkeys--it’s become a nickname which we carry with defiant pride and a healthy dose of self-deprecation (calling someone an “Iesel” in Luxembourgish is an insult). Donkeys were used to bring down the (apparently very sour wine grapes) from the Herrenberg. We have two fountains celebrating donkeys and a donkey on the old church spire. We even have some live donkeys in the park next to the Sauer, which you can hear on a good day from almost every corner in town.
What has been the greatest challenge transitioning from academia to journalism?
The biggest one is that you don’t have as much time to research and get into a topic as you would in academia. When you write about something new, you’re less sure you got it right. The character-with-spaces limits for an article drive me mad. And finally, people behave differently during interviews with a researcher and a journalist--they are more guarded and suspicious towards journalists--but you do get easier access.
If you could interview any politician throughout history, who would it be and why?
Any person gives a redacted and subjective version of events. I’d rather have been a mouse during crucial meetings and negotiations throughout history--there are too many to mention here though!