Coffee first

By Melody HansenMike Zenari Switch to German for original article

The politically quiet summer months are a good time to get to know politicians personally. We asked ministers to take us to the municipality where they grew up to show us the places which they have special memories with. We went to the Escher Gaalgebierg with the Minister for Home Affairs Equality between Women and Men, Taina Bofferding.

Taina Bofferding does not come alone to the interview with the Lëtzebuerger Journal. Right behind her, dachshund Newton jumps out of the car on to the parking area in front of the Emile Mayrisch stadium on the Escher Gaalgebierg. Seeing the Journal feelgood manager Buddy, he first has to prove himself by barking loudly. After a brief sniffing, the four-legged friends' tempers calm down. "Now we can say hello to each other", says the minister. The walk across the Gaalgebierg can start now.

Behind a row of trees and hedges, a small path just opposite the stadium leads to a large square where we find a playground, a pétanque field and the kiosk, which got new coat of paint by artist Lisa Junius in May. When Taina Bofferding sees the pétanque field, she immediately thinks of aperitifs with friends. "I don't drink pastis, but then I drink something else", she says. As we were to find out later, Campari Orange is her favourite appetizer drink.

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