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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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Edva. Call of the Sea (Part 1)

Day 1. On my way

Finally This day has come…

First sun rays approach to the room. Early morning and alarm clock shouting the same Sunmi’s 24 hours track again and again. I’m feeling like leaving my one home which I don’t really like. Nothing’s holding me here even the memories about this place doesn’t look good. Just pack the stuff and leave. Run away before everybody knows, before everybody wakes up. The time is precious.

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From this very moment I’m on my own. My trip. My language and my experience. Feeling worried and excited at the same time. But the courage is stronger than ever. I have waited for this moment so long. Nothing to regret. It’s time to make it happen.

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Bus took me to the closest town if I even could give this name to a place which has two main streets and are located in the valley between the mountains. (Jucheon-ri)

On the bus stop an old lady takes care of me instantly. Strangers use to give a hand even if they see you for the first time. What can I say. Just like it as I like to feel secure. Even after more people gather she doesn’t stops to do that.

Another passenger carry two huge boxes of plums and when she offers some for my guardian the first thing she does is fastly turns at me and gives some too. Like a son. Of course giving a short explanation to an owner of the fruits. “he’s a foreigner… let’s give some of fruits to him”

Here is my bus. I didn’t knew this till the moment when I ask the same lady in Korean if this bus goes to next town of my destination. She quickly understands what I mean and just puts her hand in the mid-air by giving a farewell waving followed by a word “Ga.”

I’m on the second bus. It took me to the second town. But just to make it sure I’m constantly checking the maps on my phone. (Jecheon-si)

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I’m in the second town of my destination. About an hour left and I’ll leave for Busan. But first I have to find a bus terminal. Here my phones comes handy again. I already did it on my way here. I’m heading there and of course taking some photos of the building around since I’m a tourist.

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Here I found my self in the terminal. Now I need to buy a ticket but what to use my reading or speaking skills. Tongue took over the eyes and I’m standing at the lady behind the glass who suppose to offer me a ticket. My poor Korean again takes the place in this life performance. “Please give me a bus ticket at 11 o’clock to Busan.” Of course she gives me an answer fast. But this time there is a number in her speach. I had to understand fast but I failed. giving her only one banknote of 10.000 won. But still somehow I was able to understand when she just replies to that. “One more of this please” then just grabed a paper to write the amount but this time I’m faster by giving next banknote first.

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Now when the ticket is in my hand I have some time for deep thought and lunch. Two small buns and a bottle of water serves my as a lunch table this time. Not feeling sad just excited since this moment everything going just fine. I made 2 out of the 3 buses for my trip successfully and I’ almost on my way to Busan.

As I realised later phone is not the best ting to take photos.

Soon… Call of the Sea (Part 2)

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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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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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