by Megan Fogarty, MUDEC student
MUDEC faculty and students are finding ways to explore Luxembourg, regardless of COVID-19 restrictions. One such excursion took place on Saturday, February 6, when Student Activities Coordinator Daniel Riecker led four students into the city to explore the Saturday Market.
Students met at the Château and took the free public transport system into Luxembourg City. Riecker offered this activity since COVID restrictions have still mostly prevented weekend travel, but also to provide an introduction to a European style market.
“Weekly markets are a feature of European life, but they can be a little daunting, especially if you don’t speak the local language," said Riecker. "Together we strolled the market, learned about the different products, observed market etiquette, and enjoyed the ambiance of a quintessentially European experience.”
According to Riecker, the market sold a great variety of pastries and treats from all different cultures, with French, German, Luxembourgish and Portuguese vendors.
After sampling a German pastry that was similar to a flaky pretzel bread, student Andrew Bessler described the market as “a true cultural hub.” Bessler appreciated that Riecker pointed out the different signs around the market and translated them for the group. He also said that Riecker explained to the group different grazing types for different cheeses.
Riecker and Bessler both said they felt safe regarding COVID restrictions. “I was struck by the sense of normalcy,” said Riecker. “European culture is still going strong.” Bessler also said he felt safe. He said everyone was in masks, socially distanced.
Riecker posted the activity on Canvas, which is where he will be posting future weekend outings as well! Activities like this will take place frequently. Students can find details through the announcements on the MUDEC Spring 2021 Canvas page.