Dispatch from Luso-Luxembourg

IMGP0004 A yard sign marking the construction of calçada, or traditional Portuguese walkways. This method of making cobblestones in either bold geometric patterns or motifs from Portugal’s nautical history is renowned the world over. If you have ever been to the city center of Lisbon or to Rio de Janeiro’s Ipenema beach, you will know what I am talking about.[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="480"]IMGP0007 A common site in the south of Luxembourg: satellite dishes from Portuguese television providers (ZON and NÓS).[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]IMGP0012 2 A Cape Verdean restaurant in Luxembourg-Ville. Cachupa is the archipelago’s national dish, a rich stew made with whole-kernel white corn, collard greens, beans, pork, and linguiça, a spicy sausage of Portuguese origin.[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]IMGP0014 2 A store in Esch-sur-Alzette selling food and drink specialties from Portugal.[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]IMGP0021 An advertisement for a Luxembourgish construction company. Note the typical Portuguese names of the featured workers. This should come as no surprise: Portuguese and Cape Verdeans are vital to Luxembourg’s civil construction sector, accounting for nearly 90% of its workforce (by some estimates).[/caption] ]]>