Delano journalist Natalie Gerhardstein pictured on the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, Portugal, just before the 2019 Web Summit
That was the year that was… 2019: Delano journalist Natalie Gerhardstein reflects on her highlights in the grand duchy over the past year.
I will remember 2019 as the year that Luxembourg…
Saw so many international topics play out on its national stage. In March we saw the first Stand Speak Rise Up event which stands out for the unique way it placed survivors at the core, and the hardworking organisers made every effort to make the survivors feel comfortable. It was an honour to hear people like Nadia Murad, Dr Denis Mukwege, Iryna Dovhan, Muhammad Yunus and others share their stories and ideas.
There was also the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge on 16 December. It was incredible that some of its veterans were able to come to Luxembourg. Those sorts of events put everything else into perspective.
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Writing a personal take on Buzz Aldrin’s visit to Luxembourg, as well as speaking to Tom Majeres about witnessing the fall of the Berlin Wall. Both stories felt powerfully connected to history.
The Web Summit in Lisbon this November was another highlight--not just for the calibre of speakers but also to see what’s on the radar for tech and to make new contacts. The summit has an energy that is hard to put in words--not just across the various pavilions, but also in the press room, where journalists from around the world shared their impressions of the summit, tools of the trade, and stories from their home countries. Not to mention a certain Paperjam journalist who enjoyed playing the odd joke…