(Out of) LT

Three best friends and their summer adventures. Two – lost somewhere in the world and the third one, waiting for them to come back.


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Edva. Spiders, Bees and Frogs

After four days in South Korea. My decision to come on the first day of the project wasn’t that good…

The training and Hongdae

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So many buildings out there

So I finally reached Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. During first two days I had a training about work in children day center with other 14 participants all over the world (France, Finland, Germany, Slovakia). We stayed in a flat in Hongdae which looked like from Korean drama for me. Two days of training took all my time and Seoul were just trapped in a window. So instead of being 7000 kilometers away it was 7 meters away and I couldn’t still get to it! Except these evenings when we got some time to move around Hongdae.

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About Hongdae itself I can say that it’s pretty good place to hangout. So many coffees, restaurants, shops, clubs, bars and much more. During first five hours in Seoul I had an awesome chance to meet my beloved friends there and have a lunch! That was a really enjoyable time, like family reunion (kidding)!

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First lunch with friends

Patbingsu! I love it!

Patbingsu! I love it!

During last night in Seoul with participants and only one of my friends we had a chance to experience karaoke too! It was totally new and so interesting. I’d like to come back there again.

Big tree somewhere in Gangwon

My destination is children day center called Kunnamu (Big tree) in area surrounded by mountains and forests. Actually this makes it hard to reach but as I have heard earlier it’s a better place than other care centers in Yeongwol.

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Around the children center

Lots of things happened here for the very first day just after arrival. I got a frog footprints on my t-shirt, other 2 participants and one of the kids were attacked by bees while looking for a missing ball in a draining canal and the same kid brought a giant spider on his leg later while still looking for the same ball (we haven’t found that ball cause nature didn’t want us to).

Around Yeongwol

Around Yeongwol

Soon I’ll write more posts and put more pictures since I have an easy access to internet now.

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Ieva. I was on Swedish TV!!!

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Yeah, the title is true and nothing but true. I was on Swedish TV.  Actually, it was one of the most popular channels in Sweden. And, I guess, the most watched program on it. Sommarlov (summer holidays) on Barnkanalen (kids channel). But I was there and you could even see me. I mean not just as a tiny spot. And… before show started, one of the presenters talked to us. Okay, maybe he talked to Asle and Edgar, but, hey, I was there also! It was fun to see show shooting and everything that stays behind the screen. Crew was amazing – they talked with kids, explained what they are doing, made jokes and obvioulsy enjoyed themselves and their job.

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After shooting, we went to a huge playground for kids, which was near. I guess it would have been my dreamworld if I were five. Or even ten. But I’m 19 and I felt a little bit… too big. Asle suggested me to take a bus or walk to the centrum. And… I thought that it’s not a bad idea as kids might play for a hour or two and I’d love to spend that time sightseeing instead of waiting. Now it’s time to thank my dad, because I inherited great place understanding and orienteering skills from him. I had no map, no idea where I am and no directions. But I remembered some objects and I thought that we came from west-north. And… well, I could take bus lately (as it’s quite complicated to pay for public transport in Sweden’s cities).

You can’t even imagine how glad I was when I made it to the Tourist Information Center! Glad, proud and excited. It’s great to have a travel companion, but sometimes it’s quite cool to travel alone, take that time that you need… So I took a map (a few actually, as I couldn’t decide which one was the best) and started my own little adventure.

One of the things that I love about Sweden, is order. Not only tidiness of towns and cities, but also the way they are built. It’s very easy to travel there and it’s very hard to get lost (at least I feel so) as everything has a proper order. So I made a simple route (which I had to correct a few times because of rain): Townhall, St. Peter’s church, Lilla Torg, Western Old Town, Castle and it’s park, Malmö Opera and a few other parks that was on my way. Another thing that I love here – parks. They’re on every corner. Literally.

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Oh, and I was lucky enough to be 19, which meaned that I could visit Castle for free. That was really great, as I didn’t feel so bad when I bought ice cream and an amazing mix of candies (which, again, costed less than in Lithuania). With lots of chocolate and caramels. Yummy! (Or “Moms!” as Swedes would say).

Rained started just when I came out of the Castle. At first it was okey – no one died from a little bit of summer rain. But it rained, rained and… rained. I was completely wet, so I went to the library. It was a great thing to do. Not only because I love libraries, but mainly because they were selling out old books for only 10 kr! Now I regret buying only one book (as I couldn’t decide between others). Silly, silly me! Especially when they don’t sell old books in, e. g. Höganäs’s or Helgsinborg’s libraries. On the other hand, I have nearly two months left, so maybe I’ll visit Malmö again or find cheap books somewhere else.

When I had enough of Malmö (I was quite tired after exercising on Sunday, I guess), I went to Central Station. I bought ticket just at the time, as train came after few minutes. Everything seemed great – I’ve had a stunning day, saw so many beautiful old buildings (I’m addicted to old things), bought a book and had many sweets with me. It was too good to be true, I guess. So when train’s stop in Landskrona took longer than usually, I wasn’t surprised. At first. But we waited for 5 minutes. 10 minutes. 15. People started to fuss. And then TV on the train (yeah, there are TVs in Swedish trains – and I was using standart class) showed news. It turned out, that there were a bomb risk in one of Göteborg’s trains, so all trains from Göteborg to Copenhagen stopped. And I was lucky enough to be in one of them.

The good thing was that I had my e-book reader and a lot of candies. I missed half of the Sommarlov translation, though, but it was nothing 🙂


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SAIMA. I do not care the destination I care the amount of time. Part 2.

The second part dedicated for my passion.  A little bit latter than I planned. I did not write about everything I wanted. My minds were screaming HURRY !!! HURRY !!! HURRY !!! Now, I am calm, because I finished it.

Special and comfortable or only a separate baggage claim area in Samsun-Çarşamba Airport for non-citizens?

The  summer of 2013 was one of the best for me.  Why?  I took a reckless decision in the middle of May, that after my last final exam I am going to project somewhere in the north of Turkey; city called Ordu.  Revising everything for exams and dealing with the project issues;  How well present Lithuania?  What to bring  for Culture Night‘s?  … and worries about buses and planes tickets.  All doubts and thoughts about what the hell I am going to do in next two weeks looks funny now when I remember a teary moment of leaving a magical and a party hard place near Black Sea cost.  Yes, it was a  really real holidays after exams; spending afternoons in boat somewhere in Black sea that you almost can see the cost line; playing football with hot guys from Ordu Football team; learning how to dance salsa during evenings and partying all night long;

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But… to reach everything what can Ordu suggest; you will need almost 24 hours of taking several buses and planes.  What a surprise!  In last airport about three-hour away from Ordu a group of tired and sleepy Lithuanians, and a few of another nationality people were sitting near a claim area to take their baggage. Patient Lithuanians were still sitting and hoping while one guy from Germany started to yell at an employees. No reaction from them, because they did not speak in English. Ok.  After sometime we found out about special places for NON-CITIZENS baggage. No matter what kind of flight you had a domestic like us or an international you are going to have an additional check-up for you and for your baggage safety. Still, I cannot get it why the hell they are checking several times?! Whatever, … we have to be safe for an environment.  The airport really small and there was lack of information. I highly recommend for you to choose Trabzon Airport.

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My adventure in Boryspil International Airport.

The  summer of 2013 was one of the best for me.  Again. Why?  I took one more decision, this time I am going again to Turkey, but all by myself.  Istanbul the fifth-largest city in the world and my favorite so far.  In which I feel like in my one`s element.  The knowledge where you can see the best panorama view of Istanbul.  Also,  knowing how to properly use metro lines and ferries.  And, where is the best place to smoke nargile-shisha and play Backgammon.  Oh, and how to slip in the Fenerbahçe football stadium and much more.  Only good memories.  But where is another story behind a week in Istanbul. I am a person who always looking for a plane tickets with transfer flights and an opportunity to visit a new city. This time was Kiev the capital of Ukraine.  And the 8th largest city in Europe?! Leaving Istanbul it was of course sad, but to visit Kiev even having about 5 hours for sightseeing and having a chance to meet my friends was quite OK and in this case not so an unhappy moment.  As I know from my friends before touching the ground of Ukraine the new airport terminal D should have  been  bright, new and shiny.  Probably, it was  new one and so on, but  big or impressed? NOPE!!! But, this is not important at all.  My plane landed. I am waiting in the RIGHT one line to check my passport and to go explore Kiev.  After some time a lady who was working in airport came up to me and said for me in a polite way that I suppose to be waiting in  another line, because I have one more flight at the same day. OK. Well, she is working here and certainly know where I should to wait.  Oh,  and she assured that I will definitely can go from that place for a few hours in the city. Unfortunate, she lied for me …   I was standing in terminal D again; a closed place; working people were not talking in English at all; my poor Russian; sleeping people and playing kids around; and no way to go back; and NO way to go in city; I was totally floundering around until my eyes noticed an elevator!  The elevator for employees, which I used. Ha!  A one man thought that I am an employee and he greeted me, and wished a good day’s work. Later, I found out a few nice people working there who let me to go back . I was standing at the same line, again. The lady who told me before go to another line came up to me again, but this time she was yelling at me that I supposed to be in another line and there is no possibility go to Kiev. I was smarter than she, and I asked people if they can let me to skip a line. They said yes and here I am standing in front of passport control service. I was sure that everything is going to be ‘ok’ and I will run soon away from that lady irate stare.  Yes, I did, but a man working in the passport control did not want to let me go to the city. He was curious what I am going to do in the city  and what I am going to meet. So, I was quite good answering and I understood why he is asking this kind of questions. Sadly, this was only a beginning and he asked for some of his colleges to come and check if my passport is real.  Their were staring at me when looking after my passport. Even, with a magnifier!  And, asking the same questions again and again …  At the very end, they asked to read in Lithuanian. Finally, I get my passport stamped.  I was joyful, but I lost an hour and had to run around city …

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The first flight review with the national carrier of Lithuania’s’  airLITUANICA.

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Waking up early in the morning and leaving a cold and empty flat.  This is all about a passion for flying.  I am not joking. I took a flight from Kaunas to Vilnius.  There were a few reasons. First, I have never been in Kaunas airport.  Second, I was curious about the national airlines of Lithuania. Thirdly, the idea about having the shortest flight between biggest cities in Lithuania was really tempting.

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An airplane took only 16 min to fly 92 km. That morning for me to reach Kaunas airport from the flat I am living in; took almost 40 min.  Altitude was around 2,5 km and speed around 450 km/hr. While, average altitude is 9 km and speed around 850 km/hr. Pilots tried to make this flight longer as much as it was possible and more interesting for passengers. And, they definitely did it! I got a chance to see Trakai Island Castle from above! I enjoyed views like the rest of the passengers whose were attached to windows. I must admit, that I had some doubts before a flight, because I was not sure; whether it is worth or not?  But, believe me to take a flight like this is really worth.

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Also, I did not expect, but I saw the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy. This is a large military plane which belongs to the US Air Force.

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The first part you can find HERE.

The last post HERE.


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Edva. Tea and somehing more

This time it came in a bag of tea

Korea you still know how to impress me! Yesterday I have visited a friend and he suggested me a cup of tea. Nothing unusual but instead of getting black, green or any other sort of tea I got corn tea. I didn’t knew this till the last moments when I got a sip from the cup. At first the taste reminded me corn chips without flavour but this time liquid version. Wow… It’s good to try something new and of course Korea and whole East Asia can offer even more unbelievable things to try.

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The last chapter

5 days remain…

Not much time left before my flight to Korea and like the last time I’m still feeling worried (not because of the snakes) and exited at the same time. I have finished most of the preparation and of course read the travelers guide which I got as a present a year ago. There are so many breath-taking places to visit, things to do and see. Of course I also bought some chocolate and souvenirs since my beloved friend are waiting for me too. So get ready!

These are 3 places from travelers guide I want to visit.

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경복궁 [Gyeong-bok-gung]

1. 경복궁 [Gyeong-bok-gung]

This is the main and the biggest palace among all Five Great Palaces in Seoul build by Joseon dynasty. The name of it means “Greatly Blessed by Heaven.” The palace also appear in PSY’s music video.

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2. 청계천 [Cheong-gye-cheon]

Other name for this place would be Seoul Stream. Long time ago it was just a small stream in the downtown of Seoul which served as a drainage system but since the city grown it became an attractive spot to visit not only for locals but for tourists also!

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Lotte World amusement park somehow looks like Disney World

3. Lotte world amusement park

This is friends-must-visit destination in Seoul. I have heard about it hundred of times. Lotte world  has an amazing amusement park. So why I shouldn’t want to go there!

Of course there are so many other amazing places in Korea which I havent mentioned but in this case it would be even more interesting to tell about them after going there.

So wish me luck and see you soon Korea!


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Saima. The Daily Basics.

I need to write about something before an upcoming post which going to reach you till Monday, I believe. The first one you can find here. So, in this post about everything or more about how I was living in last couple weeks.  Happened a  lot.  Probably too much.  A friend left Lithuania for the summer.  I passed all exams. Finished my freshman year of university. Summer started.  I spent a lot of time with friends. I went to several job interviews. I came back to my hometown a few times. I refused to work. I visited US Embassy for the first time. I become a volunteer at European  Foundation of Human Rights. I got a perfect offer for studies  internship.  And, I think it is everything.

At the moment, I am extremely happy about my situation. I got the ….  results back.  For this reason,  I finally stay asleep through the night and it was not hard for me fall asleep. Yes, this is a secret or may someone know it? Impossible. I am too good.  I wish, I could have been said it for someone, especially during a period when I was waiting, but I could not.  I deal with it by myself.  Just put one foot in front of the other. Just got through days.  Maybe it is not the best solution, but definitely some of my friends or family members might be freaking out more than me.  So, no matter what it was; I am still OK.  Be happy about it with me.

The day in Vilnius was quite good.  Early in the morning, I met my friend and we went to Cafe de Paris. This is a small cafe in the Old Town of Vilnius, where we had a small chat.

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Later that day, I visited US Embassy Vilnius for the first time.  I did not take any photos inside, because they did not let to take any electronic devices with me.  I tried to take photo outside.  Although, I saw a warning signs I decided to do it still; at least a few meters  from the embassy. It did not work out.  I am very happy, because I was standing further than a security hut and a security guard did not take me down.  As a result, I took a photo on the other side of the street.  But, I will take a photo near  the embassy next time, definitely!

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So, the reason why I came to Vilnius was a training’s about humans rights and laws related to it.  Also, from the same organization I got an offer to do an internship related with my studies.  I did not expect to get this kind of offer, but at this moment to know that I already found a place for the internship makes me more sure about upcoming year in university.  Nothing much happened on that day… I went to McDonald‘s.

What else I would like to say… I am a student of English Philology. I am quite good, but not perfect.  Another day, one of my friend say to me that she/he saw quite a lot of mistakes. She/he studying totally in different area.  Am I mad? Yes.  And, why I should not to be? OK. The majority of us were studying English in school and reached level B2. So, why the level B2 makes you better than me? And, so sure about my mistakes?  By the way, I finished a level C2.  How would you feel?


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Ieva. First discoveries

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I was doing everything to avoid writing about my trip to Helsingborg. I read a lot. I watched a movie. I served my duty and talked to my mum (only with her this time as one of my brother is in a scout camp and another is our for a canoe – orienteering regata with dad). I was in the beach with Edgar today. Read more. Walked around the houre. Read. Surfed the Net. Surfed the Pinterest. Checked my email for a hundredth time. And I cannot find more excuses.  So here it is.

Few days ago Jessica asked if I woukd like to go to Helsinborg with her or Asle. They wanted to buy a scooter for Edgard as the one he already has is too big for him. I gladly agreed and mentioned that I’d love to walk a little bit there. I have already been in  Helsingborg, but we only road through it or went there for special occasions,  so I hadn’t seen a lot of.

Jessica drove me and Edgar to Helsingborg on the Saturday morning. We went to a toy shop for a scooter.  Edgar wanted a green one as green is his favorite color.  There were few greens, but the one he liked most was  definitely too small. And others were “too fast” as he explained, so we ended shopping candies. What was a huge surprise as I found out that 100 g of candies costs less in Sweden than in Lithuania. Unbelievable!!!

After that I was left alone in the center of Helsingborg.  I was showed where is Tourists’ Information Center and where is Central Station. Actually, it was my first spot – I took some maps and flyers about city. Then I sat down in a lovely “green island” in the square and made my route. And ate some cupcakes that I took from home. Some good, unhealthy homemade bakery – that’s what I longed for the first week here.

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I knew only few objects that I wished to see – church, tower and City hall. And just walk and walk and walk as Helsingborg with its huge sidewalks,  beautiful green parks and a path by the sea. Gorgeous! Helsingborg is full of statues and sights, it’s a mix of old and new buildings, different people and expensive cafés. Yeah, I know, it’s Sweden. And I’m Lithuanian that is used to small wages and small prices. I cannot help myself converting krona to litas. My minds works like better than any calculator.

Okay, now, a little bit more about Helsingborg.  It’s v er y beautiful,  very tidy, very attractive. The only problem was… me. I love small towns, narrow streets and cozy cafés.  Helsingborg has many of tbe lasts, but not that many narrow streets. It looked too big for me. But still, I enjoyed every minute there.

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The tower was pretty amazing. I love old buildings, so I walked slowly around it and even slower in it – to prolong that lively feeling of history. And the view from the tower was amazing! I would love to go there again.

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When I had enough of Helsingborg… Jessica and Edgar had already left the town. As they have shown me where is the station, I had to find my way out. Jessica lent me her Scania JoJo card, with which I could travel cheaper and more comfortable, but still. One can fill JoJo card using some kind of automatic machine,  which, thanks God for Swedish internationalism, is available not only in Swedish, but in English as well. It wasn’t that hard to use it, but it goes for trains, busses and even boats, and I didn’t wish to end up somewhere in Denmark. Even when I had ticket in my hand, I wasn’t sure whether everything is okay. I waited for the bus, got in and said to the bus driver in Swedish: “Hey, I’m not local. Is this is a bus to Höganäs? ” He nodded.  “I have a ticket” said I as a total idiot. In a poor swedish (as he was imigrant) he explained me that I have to use my JoJo car,d as ticket is only for me and the card has information about my travel. Well, or at least that’s what I understood.

But! Bus drove to Höganäs.  Hooray,  hooray, hooray. And tomorrow I and Edgar travel to Göteborg.  Oh, my!

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Ieva. Checked!

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Before coming to Sweden,  I surfed the Net for a few days and made a “Must see” list.  I saved it as a word and… didn’t bother myself more.  But,  people,  don’t trust in your computers. Trust in the Internet. Or old good notebooks.  Or notes. Or your own memory. Never trust in computer.  They tend to break when you need them most. I have experienced this a few times already, but it’s hard to learn from your mistakes,  isn’t it?

So now when someone asks me where I would like to travel, I shrugge my shoulders and say a boring and predictable answer: Stockholm, Göteborg,  Malmö.  And travel around he Re,  of course. Yup, that is… what anyone could say, even those, who don’t know anything about Sweden. But I studied Swedish (and Sweden) for 9 months already.  I should be original.

So when I was asked if I wanted to see Lund, I almost jumped. Lund! It was on my “Must see” list. I have heard a lot about Lund. It’s the oldest city in Skåne’s region – Lund is believed to be established around 990, when Skåne belonged to Denmark. Lund is famous for its old university and a huge cathedral, which is about 900 years old. And, despite this, it’s a very old town with lots of old buildings, streets and beautiful parks.

Would I like to see Lund? Who woudln’t?

We visited Lund on Monday (yeah, it took a lot of time to write this blog, but I have a perfect explanation – sea is only 10 minutes from me). It was a warm, sunny day – perfect for walking around. Oh, and Lund met us with a surprise – students celebrated their gymnasium’s graduation.  I’m not sure if you have ever seen anything like this. Our Swedish teacher have told us about their celebration traditions, but it wasnt exactly what I expected. They rode in tractors and trucks in white clothes and with white students’ caps with very very very loud pop music. Dancing, shouting and fooling around. They seemed very hapy when I took pictures.

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As I said before, day was great. Sunny and warm – perfect for walking. This is exactly what I did for a hour or something. I made a huge circle around Lund. I visited a beautiful botanical garden, two or three parks (one with amazing playground for kids – Sweden has a great infastructure for them), tens of squares and alleys.  And, of course, Lund’s cathedral and university.

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P. S. Hey, maybe someone knows more about university of Lund? Is it good? I would like to study in Uppsala or Stockholm as Erasmus student, but maybe Lund could work also?..

P. P. S. Sorry for pictures. I have only tab and it’s not very comfortable to edit pictures with it.