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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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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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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.

청계천 [Cheong-gye-cheon]

청계천 [Cheong-gye-cheon]

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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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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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!