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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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Saima. HAPPY 4th OF July!

What is on my mind?

When it is not enough what you have or do, and when is where no ability or right to be sad about it, because where are no one who would come over. This is makes me more strong or to say true dispassionate this mean that I am not influenced by strong emotion and can easily stay calm. If one year ago I was still fighting inside me in stressful situations, now I am so cold, that everything what is happening around cannot do an impact for me. Being emotionally numb. Follow the rule to simply find my shortest answer for everything.  Dead-pan face or fake smiling. I am in competition with myself.  Who is going to win? Can I give up and become a crying person?

100_4486The fast way of life. June.

On the one hand, I look like a person who are sitting in front of his/hers laptop all day long, being online on Facebook, uploading photos, changing status or surfing the web. May I look like interesting, busy and a happy person? Or, am I lack of attention?  How I look like? Do I really care? Yes, not too much, but I am still curious about it. Who is not? What about you?

IMG_3687I am totally a summer person.

The first month of summer pasted really fast. I can easily count hours when I was sitting alone and having nothing to do.  I spend a lot of time with friends. I spend some time with family and I spend some nights with my kitty. I was always on the road if not directly, so definitely on my minds. I am tired, because of this, but at the same time my blood is boiling to take actions and make new plans for the next day. Every day, I am doing and trying something new what should make me happy, but nooo … I am not happy at all and I cannot stay still. I need to do something even it is not what I am looking for.  As I know me I will be active till middle of September when will come a chilly weather and dark days.  On what time, I will start to look for a good place to hide during the hardest period of the year December. Sadly, I am definitely patient.

IMG_34494th of July.

Finally, I got an opportunity to celebrate Independence Day. It was not easy to get in, but with a desire for it all doors are open. There is nothing too much to say about the celebration.  I am sure, that YOU have seen it on TV several times.  All the smiling people dressed up in colors: blue, white and red and waving flags. Kids were playing around and having lots of fun. Everyone are communicating with each another, drinking champagne, eating small treats. Later singing a national anthem, watching fireworks and flying fighters planes. This is what I expected.  A good atmosphere and a good feeling inside me.

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Still living and I am here. Making my own decisions. And consulting with myself.

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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.


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Edva. Last steps (on Earth)

Only two weeks remains before my flight to Korea and I totally don’t know how to describe the last days here in Lithuania. There are so many different feelings boiling inside of me and I don’t know how to deal with all of them in the right way. Actually the biggest reason for that I don’t know what to expect! Everything going be so new and well-known at the same time!

For those who don’t know: I’m going in to a small city of South Korea  called Yeongwol which is located in Kangwon province to work in local children center by helping local children study and know more about other cultures. I have never tried anything like that before but helping and sharing knowledge I know and thinks I like makes me happy.

Sad. Stressed. Worried

I’m feeling like this for several reasons but in first place are standing  my fiends. Those who I know for a very long time and those who I have been with during this spring semester. The point is not being able to say a proper “Good bye” or just “See you soon” that’s really ripping me apart. I shouldn’t be this emotional. The second reason is my expectancy and reality of my trip. I know that the place I’m going to is not one of the biggest cities or even a capital of the country but at least I expect to have enough time to see my friends (hope they want to see me too) and the next thing is about having good public transport connection between most of the places so I can achieve my first goal more easily (kidding).

Happy. Thrilled. Excited

Yeah… I’m doing this… Going there and  I have been waiting for this so long and now it’s just around the corner. Let’s get ready to experience most of the things I have heard and read about. Of course I shouldn’t forget the main reason why I want to go there is FRIENDS! Actually I strongly believe that friends are the only reason which makes our planet to spin!

Something more to tell (Before the end)

I have never been a very good writer but I can say that learning languages and knowing other cultures are things that makes me happy and of course finding new FRIENDS too! I also want to ask not to judge me cause of my english skills. I can make many mistakes and use wrong forms of words or even wrong words but the point is share my experience. Most of my posts suppose to be about visuals so in this case I’ll be trying to put some interesting photos for most of the time.


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Ieva. Swedish, Swedish and Swedish again!

My first day in Sweden almost ended.  I found out quite a lot since the last time.  First of all,  my luggage was only 16 kg weight. That means I could have taken additional 4 kg as luggage and 5 as hand baggage. Oops! But that’s okay,  I’ll survive. Flight was great,  but I have never had any problem with flights.

Secondly,  it happened that my family is the best ones au pair could get.  Not kidding.  They are lovely,  helpful,  understanding,  and the kid is really cute and smart.  Today Jessica (the mother) worked for the first half of the day,  while I, Edgar (the kid) and Asle (the father) went for a little trip till Söderåsen National Park. It is so beautiful there! If not bearing my love for Vilnius,  I’m a real nature kid.  It was great to walk in a beautiful forest and breath deeply the scent of pure air. Leaves were covered with tiny rain drops that sparkled,  though day was overcasted.

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I could not stop thinking how different if it’s from Lithuania. My family is outdoor lovers,  so believe me,  I often spend time in forests and fields.  So the forest itself was just like Lithuanian – lots of different kind of trees,  moss and bushes. Lots of insects,  especially after reason.  We followed a small river, full of rocks.  Ducks swam here and there,  we saw a few swans.  But,  on the other hand,  I could never see such banks in Lithuania.  They were very high and steep,  covered with sharp rocks. Simply beautiful. I have a huge affection for mountains. Rhett were no mountains in the park,  but it was more like it than anything in Lithuania. Don’t understand me wrong,  i live my homeland,  but it’s very beautiful in other countries as well. Oh,  and I drove back from Park to Höganäs.  I have never been so afraid to drive.  The car worked fine and it’s a pleasure to drive it,  but it was completely new car for me,  new road (new country, actually) and if that’s not enough – I had somebody’s else child in the back. Yay!

After our trip we shopped some food and had lunch.  Then father changed mother at the boutique, while I and Edgar watched a movie. It was Lego movie about Betman! Yeah, I have heard about that new Lego movie (who haven’t? ), but it looks like there are even more of them! Jessica suggested to “Ta det lungt och gör vad du vill” (take it easy and do what I want), what I did.  Although it’s not easy to go to my room and try to occupy myself with something,  when there is so many things to do,  to try and to see.  I really wanted to go and explore the town,  but I decided to leave it for tomorrow.

Oh,  and the last thing.  Swedish! Oh,  my god! Shit. Shit. Shit. It’s not that I don’t understand them (although I not always catch what the father says to me,  and I have to listen very carefully to understand the kid – he speaks in Skåne’s accent, while I’m used to more “bookish” Stockholm’s). I tend to forget so many words and phrases! Sometimes I have to think for a minute before saying something, because I’m not sure which word to use.  And I often forget is the subject “en” or “ett” and I make mistakes with adjectives (mostly because that “en”/”ett” thing) and plural subject forms (there might be two categories of “en” words endings in plural). And irregular verbs. I’m stupid, stupid,  stupid.  God help me.  I try to fix my mistakes and ask new words,  but I forget them after five minutes if I not repeat them for 20 times.  And usually I don’t.  Oh, and worst of all is that the family is very understanding and they don’t fix my mistakes,  barely the rudest ones.  Tomorrow I will have my phone with me all the time – I havea great Swedish dictionary there l maybe it will help.

Wish me good luck tomorrow!


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Ieva. Tottaly messed up

As you might have understood from the title, I’m totally messed up. First of all, I had my last exam today. It was Swedish oral exam and it took only 20 minutes or so.  But it means a lot.  Every exam means a lot,  actually.

I’m also surprised that my first study year ended so fast. It was September when everything started. Nine months just… vanished…  I could talk a lot about my studies and what changed during those nine months. But study year is over. I’m free until September. Wow.

And today I fly to Sweden. My luggage lies in the middle of the room, clothes all around it. I’m not sure what to take with me. Will it be hot? Warm? Cold? Windy or rainy? Should I take umbrella, or maybe I could live without it? How many shoes I need? Do I need to take a warm hoodie ? And… how much is those 20 kg, which I am allowed to take with me?

Argh! This is so hard! How people manage to travel somewhere for a year or even longer? I know that I can buy everything that I need in Sweden as well (it’s not a middle of jungles after all). But it’s much cheaper in Lithuania, so it would be better to take everything that I need. That’s why I’m making lists from Sunday evening,  putting things on and off  the list, in and out of luggage, trying to make up my minds and foresee what kid of summer it will be.

Oh, and one more funny thing. I’m trying to eat everything that I have at my flat in Vilnius. I know it’s stupid, but my roommates said not to leave anything for them. They won’t use it.  And it’s illogical to leave everything for autumn, isn’t it?.. However, I will blow up if I need to eat something more.

That’s strange that I feel so great. I’m excited and thrilled, and maybe just a little bit afraid. After all, I’m not sure how it’s going to work out. What will I do there?  Will I get on well with the kid, Edgar? Where I will travel during free time? Will I miss home, friends and family?

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