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An interview with Andrea and Luca: Founders' Bivius, Hotel and Restaurant

Luxembourg Expats Network is the go-to network for expats and locals in Luxembourg for socializing, and finding everything for your life in Luxembourg. We particularly partner with local businesses in bringing great deals to the community and highlight the entrepreneurial stories of our community in our Featured Story Series (FSS). Today, we are speaking to Andrea and Luca, two Italian brothers who have founded Bivius (www.bivius.lu) Hotel and Restaurant in Luxembourg. Without further ado, let’s dig right in: As its customary, let’s start with who you are and your Luxembourg story: We are two italian brothers, Andrea and Luca We grew up in Luxembourg. Andrea always lived here, whilst Luca has been working across different continents for over 10 years since he was 20. The opportunity for us, 2 brothers, to work together reunited them again in Luxembourg. What's your entrepreneurial journey? How did you get started with Bivius? We started in 2016 by taking over the management of the former “Dany Hotel”. Over the years we have been developing our services with a major focus on quality, loyal to the values we were acquainted to throughout our various experiences in luxury hotels. Yet we kept the concept, peace and ambience rather casual and more accessible. What services does Bivius offer? Who are your target? Bivius is mainly divided in 2 parts: Hotel and Restaurant. Recently we developed our wine-shop, as we offer wine that we import directly. The online version of the shop is about to get launched soon. What are you most proud of in developing Bivius? Whilst the building is not owned and thus we are limited in certain areas, we have given the establishment an international posture, and since our beginnings we have embraced a process of continuous improvement throughout all areas of the company. Shifting gears, what are your hobbies and interests? Hobbies may vary, interests are multiple, continuously developing our knowledge is the driver. Well put. What's your favourite spot in Luxembourg? The heart of the City Center and Mullerthal. What's your favorite quote? It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. – Seneca Brilliant line, applicable for all entrepreneurs. Anything else interesting we should've asked? Curious? Visit bivius.lu …  oh yes, we do also host some small corporate and private events… What would you say would be the recommendations of people who want to start their own business today? Luxembourg has its very own specificities, it’s cosmopolitan but not an international city… the House of Entrepreneurship can also be of great help! It’s great to connect with you Andrea and Luca. As rightly said, starting on your own can be daunting but when done, it's one of the most satisfying endeavours of our life. It’s always inspiring to learn such successful stories with Bivius. Thank you for sharing your story with us Andrea and Luca. Cheers to more success! www.Bivius.lu luxembourgexpats.lu/local-business/eatouts-and-cafe/1100001014

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Partage.lu Christmas Campaign

We at Partage.lu have recently started our annual Christmas campaign offering you the chance to make a difference. At Partage.lu we work with capacity building and helping the most vulnerable in Africa, South America and India. We all know that heroes need help sometimes, and this season we are one of them. With each donation given in your name or someone else, you will receive a giftcard which you can plant in a flowerpot or your garden. Come spring time and you will see flowers sprouting as a reminder of your help securing better conditions for the vulnerable during this holiday season. Your support can be contributed to one of the following initatives: 100€  To support the construction of wells and fountains in Kenya (Mention: Don wells Kenya) 50€ Contribution to the health campaign in Cameroon (Mention: Cameroon health campaign) 50€  To support the indigenous people of Brazil (Mention: Donation indigenous Brazil) 125€ Contribution to a 6 month lunch mealplan for the youth in Guatemala (Mention: Don Guatemala) 75€ Contribution to allocating seeds for the families in Congo (Mention: Donation Semences Congo) ...€  Contribute to either or all initiative with your own amount of donation The how to: Choose a solidarity gift  from the list above Transfer  the amount of the selected solidarity gift to the Fondation Partage Luxembourg account: CCPL IBAN LU74 1111 1261 0097 0000.  Do not forget to write which cause you wish to donate the solidarity gift gift to on the transfer. We will send you a “donation card” by mail. On this "donation card", you can insert the name of the person who will receive your solidarity gift and place it under the Christmas tree. The “donation card” is made up of seeded paper, that is, two thin layers of paper between which there are seeds. This "donation card" is made to be planted. If you make your transfer before December 17th, we guarantee that you will receive the "donation card" before Christmas. You will automatically receive a donation certificate (approximately 5 to 6 weeks after receipt of the donation). Your donation is tax deductible . For more information, feel free to browse our website and to reach out on socials. Quick access to website: bit.ly/3r91z2Y 

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Tips and tricks for renting a flat in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is notoriously expensive for renters. Why? The country is small and there are not so many houses to go around, which makes the demand for housing very high. Plus, Luxembourg attracts a continuous influx of people from overseas. Almost 50% of Luxembourg’s population comes from abroad, attracted by jobs in tech, finance, justice, and politics. Luxembourg is home to European Institutions, tech giants, such as Amazon, is one of the financial hubs of Europe, and hosts NATO offices. They provide employment opportunities and attract professionals from overseas to the Grand Duchy. When you prepare your move to Luxembourg, you have to take into account that renting prices are quite steep. In 2020, the average monthly rent for an apartment in Luxembourg City was 1,585 € and around 4000 € for a house. Given the scarcity of housing and the high prices, people relocating to Luxembourg are faced with the difficult task of finding a home. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to find and rent a flat in Luxembourg City. How to find an apartment for rent in Luxembourg City In Luxembourg, most landlords rent out their property via estate agents. If you find your apartment through an estate agent, you will have to pay a commission for their services that usually amounts to a month’s rent plus VAT. You can start by checking out rental agency websites, property portals, or expat Facebook groups. If you move to Luxembourg for your job, your company might arrange for a corporate serviced apartment in Luxembourg City. Or you can use the services of a relocation agency that can arrange for your accommodation, help with the bureaucracy involved by settling in another country, and even help you find a school for your kids. The Tenancy Agreement If you find an apartment that suits your needs, the next step is to sign the tenancy agreement (contrat de bail à loyer/ mietvertrag). Bear in mind that the contract will be in one of the official languages of Luxembourg: French, German, Luxembourgish. Make sure that you understand the terms of the contract and get a translator if needed. In Luxembourg, tenancy agreements for long-term rentals are for 1 to 3 years. You will need to pay a deposit that amounts to 1 to 3 months of rent, depending on the apartment, if it’s unfurnished or furnished. Most landlords will compile an inventory of the apartment that records its condition at the beginning of the tenancy. You will need to sign it and this will be used to settle any deductions for damages from your deposit. By law, the landlord is required to provide you with the energy performance certificate of the accommodation you are renting. Throughout the tenancy, the tenant will pay for utilities, maintenance, and common expenses if the flat is situated in a shared building. The tenant is also required to get home insurance. You should also be aware of the so-called ‘Painting Clause’ that implies that you will have to completely repaint the flat if you leave it before 3 years. Most landlords tend to add this clause by default and it could become expensive for you. If at all possible, insist on having the so-called ‘Diplomatic Clause’ added to your tenancy agreement. This will allow you to end the agreement before the end of the lease, but only if you need to leave Luxembourg for work. You also need to remember that, different from other countries, Luxembourg lease agreements are automatically renewed for at least 1 full year after the lease term unless stated otherwise. The short-term apartment  solution Given the challenge of finding a long-term rental that suits your needs, you might opt for temporary housing in Luxembourg, particularly for the first months following your move. Getting a short-term let will give you the respite to look for your long-term home in Luxembourg at ease.  The options vary from getting a room in a shared flat to renting a high-end corporate serviced apartment. These apartments come furnished and, in the latter case, with 24/7 on-call guest service and weekly housekeeping. The short-term let solution is particularly suitable for people who are relocated by their companies for work, who need to find accommodation quickly and be able to start at their new job as soon as possible. These are some of your renting options upon relocation to Luxembourg. If you opt for a short-term let, you might want to consider the services of a corporate housing provider operating in Luxembourg. With your temporary accommodation taken care of, you will be able to get to know that city and choose the area and the house that suits you best.

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How to ship anything to or from Luxembourg

How to ship anything to or from Luxembourg From entire households to smaller boxes and parcels, find out how to move your stuff overseas or across Europe     SPONSORED Whether you're planning a move to Luxembourg from overseas or need to move your stuff across Europe, unraveling the ins and outs of international shipping can be tricky, not to mention costly if you don't do it right.Logistics company Eurosender has successfully helped people ship everything from entire households to beloved musical instruments by land and sea, from door to door. Here they outline how to ship anything to or from Luxembourg while offering up some important tips on how to make your move as smooth as possible. Decide which items will come with you First things first: Nail down dimensions. If you're moving take stock of all of your personal belongings and household items to determine what is essential and what is replaceable then get out your tape measure!As you're deciding what stays and goes, factor in the cost of buying certain items in Luxembourg, where electronics and clothes tend to be on the pricier side, versus the cost of shipping them.  Shipping, freight, or ground transport: choose the right service for you   Once you know what you want to ship abroad and how much space you need -- maybe you can’t part with your beloved bedroom set, or on the contrary, want to send just a few boxes of clothes or books -- it'll be easier to choose the right shipping service. The most important things is to ensure that your package does not exceed the weight and dimension restrictions for your type of shipment. If you exceed the weight limit, there's a chance your package may not reach its final destination.  Standard shippingIf you're traveling light and just want to send a few boxes or suitcases, standard shipping (roughly 10 boxes max) is the way to go. You should get your things in 5-7 working days or if you opt for express shipping 24 hours (in Europe) or 48 hours (global).Standard shipping dimensions are as follows:Weight up to 30 kgMaximum length of 175 cmLength (in cm) + 2x width (in cm) + 2x height (in cm) < 300 cm (length plus two times width plus two times height should be less than 300 cm or 3 m altogether)Freight shipping  If you’ll be moving bulkier household items such as furniture or oversized oddly shaped items, you’ll need to send your belongings via freight transport on palettes.When choosing this option you'll need to be able to provide the exact dimensions length, width, and height (in cm) and weight (in kg) to your carrier.Larger items can be sent individually but if items weigh more than 50 kilograms, they'll need to be placed on a non-skid, sturdy pallet for easier handling (see packing tips below).  Ground transport  Anyone who plans to move the majority of their home or belongings from within Europe to the Luxemburg can do so via van delivery service in Europe, which can be used for moving any type of large shipment from a motorcycle to a few boxes.If you need to transport a lot of boxes or larger items, this can be the most cost-effective option, because you don't pay for each package individually (and you do not necessarily need to follow the packing guidelines, as you would with individual shipments sent through standard or any other type of service).Delivery time for dedicated vehicles throughout Europe is an estimated 24-48 hours. Van sizes are:Box van: 465 x 165 x 180 cm or 13 cubic meters and 800 kg capacityCurtain-side van: 410 x 210x 230cm or 19 cubic meters and 1100 kg capacity Pack it up like a pro Proper packing helps to better ensure that your shipment arrives safe and sound without any issues along the way: Standard shipment (overseas move) Make sure to protect the wheels and handles on the suitcase, as these are the most sensitive parts. Write your contact details on the box or suitcase as well, to be on the safe side.Wrapping suitcases is highly suggested When you wrap your suitcase, couriers will stick a label to the suitcase onto the suitcase. With fabric suitcases, it can easily fall off.All items other need to be packed into a cardboard box that is free of holes, tears or dents; something moisture-resistant with double cardboard walls is the best choice.When packing, fill the box with internal cushioning; make sure the items inside the box do not directly touch the box. When sealing the box, wrap it with duct tape and ensure it is sealed on all sides.You should evenly apply at least three strips of packing tape, at least 5 cm wide, across all flaps and seams, top and bottom.Freight or container shipment (overseas move)  If your items are too bulky for standard shipping, you'll need to send them via freight. Larger items can be sent individually in a box (apply the same rules for packing) but items weighing more than 50 kilograms should be placed on a non-skid, sturdy pallet for easier handling. Your pallet may be handled multiple times. To prevent damage, make sure to: Use cushioning material and rigid carton material.Secure and block with braces larger items. Items with uncommon shapes that cannot be boxed or items that are prone to slide.Use load-protector trays, bands and stretch wrap film to protect the shipment. An additional ‘tamper-tape’ can be wrapped around the load to ensure nobody interferes with the parcel.If you notice a certain box is heavy, be sure to put on a warning label so the person lifting it is aware.Dedicated vehicle transport across Europe  When using a van, make sure to prepare all your packages on the ground floor when the van arrives. Extra assistance may cost an added fee though the driver typically comes with the price. Not all your items need to be packed for van services. However, fragile items should be packed. Make sure to pack your items following best packing practices laid out above, using sturdy boxes that are well labeled, and padding your shipments.   Insuring your items   No matter what you plan to ship, getting insurance is a must for financial protection in the unlikely event of loss or damage to your shipment. Many logistics companies will insure all items and additional insurance can be bought via their services.If you end up filing a claim, it’s important to note that the declared value of the package, or the shipping insurance value, is the maximum coverage. You will only be reimbursed when the provider or carrier conducts an investigation and sets the value of the losses.  Which kind of insurance will depend on which shipping service you use:Standard shipping: if you plan to ship your items, you will need to buy insurance for each package. You can normally purchase the insurance through your logistics provider or the shipment company. Freight shipping: Freight shipments are insured according to the provisions of the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR Convention). Your insurance will apply to the entire package, and you can purchase it through a third-party company, a logistics provider or the carrier.    Get a price calculation Shipping costs will vary depending on a variety of factors, from package measurements, shipment type, weight, location, and more. Once you've determined these variables, then a carrier can calculate a price on your shipment. Do you need to ship something to or from Luxembourg  from overseas or across Europe? Eurosender offers customized services and individual logistics solutions help you find the most cost-effective way to move any parcel or shipment. To calculate the cost of your move visit their convenient online price calculator.Grab 6% off on Eurosender https://luxembourgexpats.lu/offers/discounts/1100001354/

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Is it time to treat sugar like smoking & alchocol?

Initially, people didn’t know that cigarettes were bad for their health. Because people didn’t feel pain or sickness after smoking just a few cigarettes, no one suspected tobacco of inflicting any hazardous effects on the body and so it took years for doctors to associate cigarettes with bad lungs and cancer.  People loved cigarettes because it made them calm and relieved stress, and many doctors promoted its use for these reasons. Years later cigarette smokers have faced the harmful truths of smoking, but many are unable to quit because of the addictive nature of nicotine.  Sugars may come in the innocent form of Little Debby cakes and gummy bears, but this sweet substance can be every bit as poisonous as smoking cigarettes. Sugar is everywhere and is nearly impossible to avoid. Even if you try to avoid the obvious foods such as candy, chocolate, cake, and brownies, you will still find hidden sugars in our regular foods such as smoothies, yogurt, bread, and ketchup.   According to a study abou 35 million deaths occur worldwide each year, from diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, an even greater burden on public health than infectious diseases. Sugar can lead to obesity which causes 17 million deaths per year. Click here to read more about suagr and alternatives that can be used to avoid it. Today our society has realized the harmful effects of cigarettes, but we have yet to realize the harmful effects of sugar. We see ourselves making the same mistake with sugar as we did with cigarettes. Can we stop this killer before it’s too late?

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Why you should have Aloe vera plant ?

Aloe vera is a spiny-leafed succulent plant that typically grows in dry, tropical climates. While it is usually referred to by its scientific name aloe vera, it occasionally goes by more exotic names like “lily of the desert” and “elephant’s gall”. Aloe vera have been used for several years now because of its medicinal benefits. Today, aloe vera is most notably known as a topical treatment for burns, but it is still used in a variety of different ways. 1. Aloe vera gel for skin: Commercial aloe vera gel is a filtered and processed version of the gooey stuff contained in the center of the plant’s spiny leaves. Bottled aloe vera gels are very convenient for external applications, but you can also just cut open a leaf from an aloe vera plant and use that! 2. Treat minor burns, cuts, scrapes and insect bites. Generally women use aloe vera gel prior to applying make-up to keep skin moisturized while men often apply to skin after shaving to rehydrate and treat small cuts. It’s why many people choose to grow aloe as a houseplant. 3. Treat sunburns and reduce tan: Aloe vera gel can be applied directly to the sunburned area as its anti-inflammatory properties, reduces the redness brought on by exposure to UV rays and soothes the skin. It acts on the epithelial skin layer and provides a protective layer to the skin for retaining moisture. 4. Reduce acne and signs of skin inflammation like puffy eyes and redness : Aloe vera is an important natural remedy to fight against acne. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce pimple size while its anti-microbial properties kill bacteria. Rich in vitamin C and E – two of the most important vitamins for our skin. Aloe vera is one of the nature’s miracles for achieving healthy, gorgeous skin. Aloe contains AUXINS and GIBERYLINS, hormones that act quickly to heal wounds and reduce inflammation in the skin of the face. 5. Treat scalp conditions like dryness and dandruff: Topical application of aloe vera can help promote hair growth. Aloe vera, when used along with castor oil and coconut oil can help with hair growth as it removes dead cells from the scalp. It is a widely used ingredient in many commercial shampoos and conditioners. This is because it works wonders for dandruff and dandruff-related problems such as an itchy scalp. 6. Reduce belly fat quickly: Aloe vera has Powerful antioxidant that helps burn the dangerous visceral fat (fat that wraps the internal organs).

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5 Basic daily exercises that can be done at Home

If you have no time to go to the gym but want to get in shape, burn some calories and develop your muscles strength and cardio, you can have a daily home workout. Everyone should have a simple set of functional exercises that they can easily carve out time for every day. These exercises will serve to improve the strength needed to function in life. You should also keep in mind that if you workout daily, your training should be shorter but intensive. 15-30 minutes would be enough depending on your fitness level. 1. Jumping Jacks “Jumping jacks” target all muscle groups and improve cardiovascular health. This compound exercise works your abs, arms, back, shoulders, glutes, and legs. It also burns calories and increases your heart rate. Watch video : https://buff.ly/2WHqBDL 2. Plank The plank is a great core exercise that doesn't involve doing any crunches. In fact, the basic plank doesn't involve moving at all. This is referred to as an isometric exercise. Watch video: https://buff.ly/2Hp33M9 3. Squat Body-weight squats are a great way to increase range of motion in hips and ankles, which will help reduce lower back and knee pain. It's a safe and effective way to improve mobility without taxing the joints. Watch video : https://buff.ly/2pkkt5q 4. Reverse Lunge The lunge is a terrific functional exercise. You work a whole host of lower-body muscles in a manner that directly translates to improved sporting performance. Watch video : https://buff.ly/2I7SIbo 5. The Burpee The burpee is a great exercise because it combines movements that will help strengthen your upper body as well as you legs, and it also has a cardio element. That's a lot of exercise areas all wrapped into one! Watch video : https://buff.ly/2x1zhJM Happy Exercising!!

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