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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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Edva. Like day and night

18 days passed since I’m in Korea and around 16 days since I’m in the project site…

Somewhere in the valley

The place I’m stay is really somewhere out of this world. There is only one bus four times a day and if we want to reach a one of the major cities have to take 2 more buses there. The street, if we can call it like that, has only one traffic line and lights during the nighttime every 200 matters. Nothing more to add cause there is nothing more and this is really makes my sad about this place or more like to drives crazy. After two weeks here I started to feel like in video game Stronghold. Only old farmers and flies are living all around despite the fact that kids are coming here every day to study except weekends.

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The point of this would be that after traveling 9000 kilometers all the way from Europe I haven’t expected such a rural place to live. The fact is this place is only one like that among all other project sites all over Korea since they’re in bigger towns like Samcheok or Yongwol which has easy connection between other cities and even train stations.

In other hand, I pick this project by myself. Was I lucky enough or not time will show but at the moment I can say that experience is experience. I’ll definitely learn something from this and gain new skills.

Other think I’d like to tell about would be people in the center and our host. Nothing bad I can say at the moment. Two weeks are not a big period of time but everybody looks so kind and helpful. I haven’t been living in Korean family but I can say that host and his family are treating us like their own kids no matters that we are just volunteers. They’re also always giving some questions about countries we came from and of course France is more well know than Lithuania but they seems quiet interested in my place too. The other thing about host that he’s really tries to make our life as comfortable as it’s possible. He even bought us bicycles to go around and reach the smallest town of our region in which I can try at least some local snacks. Other people in the center also tries to keep connection no matter they can’t speak english but they’re still smiling and that’s enough for me.

So the point would be that job here is  not hard despite some farm work we have to do and people around are good too but the place which is out of reach from any where makes me sad and disappointed. Two out of seven days a week outside the place won’t make me happy since I came here to see my lovely friends, try some food I have seen only on internet, increase my Korean and feel more confident with it and of course see all that amazing historical and world heritage places. Of course don’t forget spots where Koreans are hanging out during the long night in the major cities like Seoul or Busan.

Just because something doesn’t happening for you right now doesn’t mean that it will never happen…


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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?

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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?

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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.

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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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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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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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SAIMA. I do not care the destination I care the amount of time. Part 1.

Most of people definitely will agree that they like to travel especially somewhere where they can explore completely new cultures. I was also that person.  The person who was always saying YES for all kinds of travels abroad.   Unfortunately, with the time I lost an interest for it …  Just as simple as that. Do not misunderstand, I still love the idea of seeing famous historical places, natural wonders of the world and so on. But I do not have a crush on it anymore.  What‘s making me feel uncertainty every time when I am planning a vocation or even a small trip. I am always seeking out for a reason which have to force me to go and explore. And here comes planes!

I do not know why and from where come love for being on a plane, but FLYING is something what I love to do for sure.  The hours above the clouds’ makes me feel more than happy. My first air trip was truly a memorable one. At that time, I was around 6 years old. All, I knew that there is only one condition to say for my parents if I see a plane in the sky and we will go for a fly. And, it happened one day! I was flying with The Antonov An-2 above my hometown. I cannot remember what I saw, but I still can feel what excitement of flying for the very first time.

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The greatness of being up in the sky;  having an opportunity to glimpse so much. This is what drives me crazy !  The longest mine non-stop flight ever till now was from Zürich to Istanbul with SWISS Int’l Air Lines, and it took almost 4 hours of joy.  Another one flight from Istanbul to Frankfurt am Main with Lufthansa German Airlines took the same time amount as I was flying from Riga to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines more than 3 hours.

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I am fascinated with my time, which I was able to spend in airports. Their a usual chaotic atmosphere and at the same time always in apple-pie order.  Many people sitting, sleeping, waiting and expecting.  For me airports are never going to be a time-wasting places rather the perfect ones.

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To be continued …

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

My adventure in Boryspil International Airport.

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