Everyday of EVS life

EVS life is unique experience and sometimes crazy things happen… So I wanted to capture those funny moments that we had (and we had A LOT!), so you could laugh with us (or from us…) So, first dose of our weirdness!

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‘Let’s go hiking tomorrow’, said Lenka.

‘At 5am’, she added, and my motivation suddenly went 10 feet down. Still, not low enough, because when Lenka woke me up in the morning, I managed to roll out of bed, throw random stuff into my backpack and pretend I am ready.

This is where the troubles started.

We had 10 minutes to run from home to train station, and in the end Lisa didn’t made it to the train and me and Lenka had to leave without her 😦 so it was very sad!

The second part of the troubles, from where we arrived with a train we had to hitchhike a couple of kilometers to the place where we could start our hiking. We stopped a car quite fast, it took maybe 5 mins to get to the place where we needed to go. Driver wasn’t talking to us, but it didn’t seem strange, when we arrived we said thank you and stepped out of the car. Driver immediatly started shouting and showing money sign. We said our lovely phrase “we are volunteers, we have no money”, the driver was shouting at us even more and calling us idiots, so it really wasn’t nice. Of course we gave him a little bit of money and left, but it really wasn’t nice that he didn’t say anything in the begining about the money (after all, we hitchhike so it would be cheaper and also we could meet nice people, and to pay for a couple of km and get shouted at…then it’s better to take the train!)

So after this not very lucky experience (which, fortunately, doesn’t happen often) we finally arrived. Now I will speak less and show more, because view was really amazing!

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It was so nice to just walk in the mountains and fields, without meeting other people for hours, only cows, horses, even one goat… So it was so peaceful! Also I am vey proud of myself (and Lenka, but for Lenka it probably wasn’t hard, because she aways hikes and runs, so she is way more sporty than I am :D) because we walked more than 20km, did yoga on top of teh mountains and in the end still had enough energy to hitchike, go shopping for food…

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ATTENTION – If you want to do yoga as well, come to the youth center, every Thursday at 6 pm Lenka has yoga activity!

So, in the end we arrived to Lacul Rosu (which, in my opinion, wasn’t as impressive as mountains, but I was still excited)!

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So, this was our one day trip, the weather and the view was lovely and I feel like I have more muscles! 😀 I am sure I will miss Romania’s mountains when I wil go home!

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Pre-trip

Evening before the trip.

What normal people would do? Go to sleep, so they would get enough rest and ready for looong travel.

What do we do?

  • Have a fashion show.

Lenkaaaa, but tell me that I should take this scarf? It’s really useful, look, I can wear it on my head! And goes well with my blue lipstick…

Lisa, are you taking only short pants? You think we won’t freeze???

No no, don’t take two pairs of jeans, it’s not minimalist!

  • Decide to record ukulele songs. One for Muška, because she’s lazy to go outside to pee (so the song features words ‘poop’ and ‘pee’…masterpiece), and other about…palinka.
  • Go to sleep at 3am when the train is at 8am.

1 day

Let’s talks numbers:

  • How many people: 2 (me and Lisa)
  • How long: 13hrs (in a lovely train)
  • How long it took for me to fall asleep: 3mins (Lisa’s statistics. I can’t confirm or deny, since, you know, I was sleeping…)
  • How many movies did I watch: 3 (I hope no one saw that I got a bit teary while watching Lion. I strongly recommend it!)
  • How many new people we met: 1 (a lovely girl who invited us to visit her!)
  • How much food I consumed: 2 sandwitches (mmm, grilled eggplant) and 1 pack of waffers.

So, maybe the train trip wasn’t the most exciting part, but it wasn’t all boring as well!

So, we finally arrive to Budapest, happy and excited, first thing that we do – go to shop for food, to bring something to our host for breakfast. In the shop we meet a nice guy from Spain, who was traveling, came to Budapest and decided to stay, because he fell in love with the city. After a nice chat and short shopping we start looking for our host’s house. Two hours later (yes, we weren’t great with navigating the city…but who would be, after 13hrs in the train!) we finally met our lovely host (we found him though couchsurfing, if you don’t know what that is – stay tuned, there will definitely be a blog post about that). It was quite late and he had to work the next day, but stilll we managed to have a nice conversation about his travels before me and Lisa fell asleep.

2 day

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We woke up early, said thanks to our Hungarian host and went to meet Lenka. We decided that we should do something ‘touristic’ and use the short time we have to see as much as possible, so we went to city tour.

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It was great, honestly I am terrible in remembering historical facts (so maybe more about that in Lisa’s or Lenka’s blog post?), so I’ll mention only the things that were the most interesting for me and stuck in my head the most:

  • Apparently, ball-point pen, Rubik’s cube and safety matches are all invetions of Hungarians!
  • Statues of horses have interesting meaning – depending on the horse’s pose you can tell how his owner died. So if the horse is standing with all four legs firmly on the ground, his rider died a natural death. If one of his legs is in the air, it means his owner died from battle-related injuries, if both front legs of the horse are in the air, his rider died in the battle.
  • In Budapest there is a tree with a lot of locks. It’s not an unusual thing, a lot of European countries have bridges full of locks that lovers put on there and threw away the key, hoping that their love will be ‘locked’ forever. However, this particular tree in Budapest, whose fence is full of locks is different – apparently only couples that met through certain dating site put a lock there. Funny thing! And, a good advertisement for the dating website, because there are a lot of locks, so, it’s probably possible to find love even on the internet…

So, after sightseeing – the mandatory selfie (see, Lenka, I am wearing the scarf!)

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After the city tour, vegan lunch and unexpected meeting (in Budapest we ran into girls from Guyana that we first met in Romania…what a small world!) me and Lisa were prepared for our hitchike to Bratislava. We got to the perfect point for hitchiking, prepared our sign, smiled at the people and…nothing. Not even one car going to Slovakia! We decided to catch a car that would at least bring us further from the city. Guess who stopped – Romanian guy and Estonian girl! They said they are going to Zagreb and if we’re spontanious, we should join them, but this time we weren’t THAT spontanious…so we waited and waited, and it got dark, so we had to call Lenka and ask her to check if there is a bus to Bratislava.

‘Were you hitchiking on the right side? The one, that leads to Romania?’

Well duuuh, we were on the right side, but we got only offers to go to Balaton (tempting!), not to Bratislava. So, Lenka and her friend came to save us! We still had some time until the bus, so we had cucumber throwing competition (Lenka won!), night picnic in the park and I ate at least 6 different types of TuruRudi… So evening spent well. We got in our bus and I slept all the way, we got out at 2am, luckily my friend gave great directions to his place so this time we didn’t get lost and reached him succesfully. Me and Lisa had a tiny tiny matress and 3 hours to sleep, so we tried to rest as much as possible in such a short time…

3 day

We woke up and followed great directions of other friend, Gabriel, (maybe all Slovak people are good with directions?) on how to meet him and get in the part of the city from where we all can catch a ride to Vienna. It took us exactly 2mins (personal record!) to get a car, and after a short ride we arrived.

Again, we planned to start with touristic stuff, so we went for the city tour. Oh, I regreted it soooo much. There were maybe 50 people, tour guide was constantly advertising things (‘So, this museum is only 30 euros, with our card is only 29, and if you want to eat you should go to this restaurant…‘) I was looking for ways to escape and when I saw my friend is also not too interested in the tour, we left Lisa (sorry!) to enjoy the tour and skipped it… And went to the flea market. Too bad I didn’t take pictures, flea market was amazing, full of weirdest things you can possibly imagine: old letters, paintings, jewelry, creepy dolls and statues, there even was one huge box full of door knobs… Connected with flea market there also was a food market (hummus, grilled eggplants and falafels, you were beutiful, I won’t forget you).

But, talking about food I need to mention THE ice cream. Vegan ice cream which feels like pure happiness (or, as Gabriel said, boobs of an angel). I tried levander, lemon & melisa, poppy seeds, peanut butter, orange & safran and (my personal favorite) carrot cake… Yes, in this trip I ate a lot. But it was so worth it.

Of course, in Vienna there were more things to see, not only food. For example, this beautiful rose garden:

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But in general, I had this strange feeling about Vienna, that it is like huge museum, it can be admired, but not ‘touched’ – it felt like very touristic city, but lacking of life. So I am glad I had a good company and some fun things to do, but I can’t imagine living in Vienna!

After the long day exploring the city we hitchhiked back to Bratislava (this time it wasn’t so easy and took some time to get a car back, but apparently we drove with some local celebrity – the guy who stopped for us was some radio person).

Ach, and again about food…but I have to mention it. Imagine: kürtöskalács, inside it is nutella and strawberries, on top – ice cream and more strawberries… Heaven.

So after this lovely meal we needed to move a bit, so we went to a hill from where we could see the lights of Bratislava at night… What a nice view. And we even did some yoga on the top of the mountain (this was always on my bucket list)!

After this longlongong day me and Lisa just wanted to sleep, but my friend with who we were staying had plans for partying… So Gabriel offered to host us instead, shower, bed and  clean socks were pure heaven.

Day 4

Another morning starts with hitchhiking, this time waiting was less boring, because we had ukulele! So some weird random hitchhiking songs and we stopped a car, again – Romanians! And one of the sweetest moments from hitchhiking – radio started playing Ed Sheeran’s “Galway girl” (my personal favorite from his new album!) and we all in the back of the car started humming quietly, tapping our fingers/hands/feet in the rhytm, and the girl who was sitting next to driver laughed at us and turned music louder 🙂

Driver let us out maybe 5km before Vienna’s city center, but it was good because we discovered the weirdest thing – pet cemetery. So a lot of tiny (and not so tiny) gravestones for all the Fluffies, Luckies, Sparkles and other beloved animals… It was both sweet and weird, what an interesting place to visit.

After one more car we finally ended up in Vienna and split again – Lisa went to see the castle, me and my friend went to museums. Vienna for sure is THE city for museums – everyone should find something that they like, I enjoyed interesting photos, some great contemporary art and some “must-see” paintings.

We headed back to Bratislava a bit earlier, since Lisa wanted to explore the city. And what a nice person stopped for us, he told us that he was also a hitchhiker when he was younger (and had dreadlocks…:)), so now he feels that he has to “give back the favour” and take other hitchikers.

Unfortunately, when we reached Bratislava, the weather was terrible, so instead of walking around the city we bought stuff for my favorite lazy cake and headed home. We were so tired and cold after the rain, that we fell asleep and the cake never happened…

Day 5

The fun trip home. Me and Lisa said bye to my friend at around 8am and we headed for hitchhiking spot. The task was simple – to go through the fields to the petrol station.

We went…

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And  went…

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And realised, we chose the wrong way, so instead of 15mins of walking it was more than hour. Finally we reached the petrol station and we started hitchhiking, people were super friendly, smiling and waving at us, a lot of truck drivers were saying that they’re leaving to Budapest in the afternoon, so if no one stops they can take us there. BUT – Lenka was waiting for us in Budapest. And our bus back to Romania… So we couldn’t wait for the afternoon, we needed to get to Hungary as fast as possible.

After a couple of hours of waiting, a Bulgarian man stopped, he was going to Sofia and he took us. It was so funny, his first sentence was:

‘I hope you are not going to kill me’

So, we were his first hitchhikers! And he said, he was in the petrol station, then remembered he left something at his friend’s place, then he went back to Bratislava, then to the petrol station again, and we were still standing there… So he felt sorry for us, lucky us! And he was so nice, he wasn’t planning to go into Budapest, but for us he adjusted his route and took us exactly where we needed, it was so nice of him 🙂

In Budapest we met Lenka and her friend, we went to the park and Hungarian beach, so it felt like the official beginning of the summer. And a bit later we even met Muška’s baby and her owner!

After I filled my bag with Slovak sweets and Hungarian alcohol-free beer, we went to the bus, where I slept all the way until Miercurea Ciuc… And there – not such good news, our bus was veeery late, and we still neded to hitchhike back to Baile Tusnad… But in the end everything worked out well!

After the trip we were talking with Lisa and Lenka, what were the high-points of the trip, so my top three:

  1. Doing yoga late in the evening, staring at beautiful view of Bratislava;
  2. Getting lost in crop fields while trying to find our way to Budapest;
  3. Ice cream.

Also, we had a little challenge, to learn 5 phrases – Lenka in Hungarian, Lisa in Slovak and me in German. I learned only 3, but here they are:

Ist deine Zeit heilig für dich? / Is your time sacred for you?

Besser essen, besser leben. / Better eating, better living.

Wie man zusammenlebt / How to live together

I hope you are not sleeping after my post, and hopefully it was fun to read about our (tiny bit crazy) journey!

Recipe: tinginys (the lazy cake)

Last week I had an amazing time traveling in Slovakia (blog post about my adventures is coming soon!) and Lenka invited me to stay with her family. Among the other fun activities, there was a lot of cooking! Lenka’s mother made me halušky, and I decided to make Lithuanian šaltibarščiai (cold beetroot soup) and tinginys (the lazy cake). Today I am in the mood for sweets, so I thought I’ll share the cake recipe with you (and, people have been asking…)

So, why it’s called “The lazy cake”? It takes literally minutes to prepare it (though you have to be patient while it’s cooling down in the fridge) and it’s so delicious! Really, when Lisa tasted it she said she heard angels singing. So, did I convinced you to try to make it?

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Előző héten egy fantasztikus hetem volt, Szlovákiában utazva (az utazásról szóló bejegyzés hamarosan érkezik!) és Lenka meghívott a családjához. A különböző mókás tevékenységek között sok főzés is szerepelt. Lenka anyukája halusky-t* készített, és én úgy döntötte, készítek “šaltibarščiai”-t (hideg céklaleves) és “tinginys”-t (“lusta torta”). Ma eléggé “édességes” hangulatban vagyok, ezért úgy döntöttem megosztom veletek a sütemény receptjét (és néhányan már kértétek is…)

Szóval… Miért is hívják “lusta tortának”? Mert szó szerint perszek alatt elkészül (igaz elégé türelmesnek kell lenni, amíg lehül a hűtőben) és nagyon finom! De tényleg, mikor Lisa megkóstolta, azt mondta angyalokat hallott énekelni. 🙂 Na, meggyőztelek hogy kipróbáld?

*: a halusky lényegében egyfajta tejfölös nokedli, amit kicsi pörcintett szalonnával tálalnak. Ha minden igaz, lesz erről is recept, jó kis gyors, laktatós kaja. 🙂

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And, a short video about making vegan version with Lenka and her family:

És egy rövid videó a vegan verzió elkészítéséről Lenkával, és családjával:

EVS Easter

Hello, everyone! I hope you had a nice and relaxing Easter, ate a lot of chocolate eggs and had time to rest! Today I want to invite you to see how we were celebrating our EVS Easter:april_2017-04-18-18-48-57-120

All of us decorated Easter eggs and on the first day of Easter we had some Lithuanian traditions: fnding who chose the strongest egg, then whose egg will roll furthest… On the second day we had Hungarian traditions: we were waiting for the guests with buckets of water, but we got lucky and got only sprayed with water and heard nice poems 🙂

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Easter traditions in Lithuania

“So the women have to stay at home all day and cook for men, and when they eventualy come to visit they pour water on girls?”

Basically, this was my reaction when Anita told about Hungarian Easter traditions. It was very interesting to hear about the symbolics of that particular tradition (girl is like a flower that needs to be watered – that’s so sweet!) and also to see how Anita paints Easter eggs. During our conversation I discovered some similarities but also quite a lot of differences to Lithuanian Easter. So, I thought I will share some of Lithuanian traditions – maybe you’ll find them to be strange, but, hopefully, interesting nonetheless!

VERBŲ SEKMADIENIS

In Lithuania (as well as in most Christian countries) the celebration starts first Sunday before Easter. Although in most of the countries it is called Palm Sunday, in Lithuania we call it Verbų Sekmadienis (Sunday of Verbos).

Verba – it is a bunch of flowers and/or other plants. There are a lot of different types of verba, and it is considered to be a form of folk art.

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There are a lot of traditions surrounding verba, but one of the most common ones is to get up early in the morning and whip the sleeping relatives with verba , (it has to be consecrated in church) while saying a short poem: “It’s not me who whips you, it’s verba!”. Traditionaly for that small branch on juniper is used, but other types of verba can be used as well. It is believed that doing things brings health to the person, children will grow better, etc. Also a little branch of verba used to be put into bee hive, to keep the bees healthy, some branches kept at home to keep it safe from bad spirits.

VELYKOS

Easter in Lithuania has very old traditions, it was celebrated as awakening of the nature. Only later this celebration was meged with Christian Easter.

Velykos (Easter) – in Lithuanian this word has similarities with word vėlė (soul of someone who died), there was an old tradition to visit cemetery and leave Easter eggs on the graves, as a food for the souls.

Easter eggs. Easter egg symbolises life, awakening of the nature, fertility. It was considered that Easter eggs have magical powers, women used to keep a couple of them at home through all the year to protect house from the Thunderer (pagan god of thunder), men used to put some Easter eggs into the ground to make crops grow better.

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Coloring of the Easter eggs have a lot of symbolism. Each color represents different things: red – life, black- soil, blue – sky, gree – awakening of nature and plants, yellow – crops. There are a lot of different techniques for coloring Easter eggs, but the most common ones are wax, carving and coloring with natural dyes (onion husk, flowers, plants). The shapes that were painted also have meaning. Most common ones – sun motives (so plants and crops would have enough of the sun), stars (so fields would have enough light even at night), grass-snakes and snakes (symbolises the awakening of all life forms in spring), plant motives.

Velykė (The old lady of Easter). This is an old tradition, now it’s not very common. It was believed than on Easter old lady Vėlykė visits children and leaves two Easter eggs for them on the windowsill.

EASTER ACTIVITIES

Rolling of the eggs. This is a tradition that is still very common. It symbolism – eggs, rolling on the ground will wake all the plants and everything that is under. The game has some variations, but in general eggs are rolled and the person who rolls the egg furthest, wins. This game can be played both with normal and wooden/plastic eggs.

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Smashing of the eggs. One person holds the egg, other one tries to smash it with other egg. The one whose egg stays intact wins. The goal of the game is to find out who chose the strongest egg, it means that person all year will be lucky. In my family this tradition is still alive, and we do this by age – the oldest person has to start, the youngest is the last one to try to smash the egg. Usually we do this just before the Easter breakfast, and afterwards we eat the eggs whose shell was smashed during the game.

There are some other Easter traditions (like swinging on the swings, the higher you swing, the happier you will be, singing in the fields so the crops would grow better), but those are not very common anymore and we don’t have them in my family (well, we don’t have any crops, so that might be the reason…:)). One thing that we always do on the second day of Easter is going to visit friends and relatives and exchanging Easter eggs with them. Also, in my family we have a tradition that kids of the family get chocolate egg with a surprise inside 🙂

Thanks for reading and happy Easter for you all!

Best wishes,

Živilė

What to pack to EVS?

I know, I know, I’ve been here for quite some time, so why I am writing “what to pack” post now, you’ll ask me? Well, I think only after this time I realised what was useful and what I am missing the most, which things are absolutely necessary and which can be left at home. So if you’re planning to go to EVS (or if you’re just interested to hear what I would pack into my “perfect suitcase”) – this blog post is for you!

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So, first thing, about how I actually packed my suitcase for one year. The story is far from perfect – before going to Romania I spent one week in Ireland, so I packed my luggage one week in advance, when I came back home I had less than 5 hours until my flight, so I had to do very quick adjustments and, lets just say, not all of them were smart… So, now I learned from my mistakes and next time if I’ll be packing for an year abroad, I will do it like this:

First of all, I think that all stuff for one year should fit into one large suitcase. You might not agree with me, but that’s my approach – I like to keep it (relatively) minimal and save my back from dragging more than one suitcase and also keeping travel costs lower.

Super important:

  • Shoes. I can’t emphasize it more! I had packed a couple of pairs of shoes, but the last minute I thought “Oh, it’s only for an year, so I can buy a couple of cheap pairs in Romania”. So I took out the shoes and added some Lithuanian food instead. Bad idea. Apparently, in Romania my feet are considered to be giant, because in every shop I heard the same: “Whaat? 41? But they don’t even make this size for women!” So, this is how I ended up wearing shoes from men’s store all winter. So, if you want to avoid these kind of problems, pack smart and give the priority to comfy shoes.
  • Clothes. Well, in this area I didn’t do so bad – I packed mostly winter clothes and I think that was a good choice. Second hand shops in Romania are cheap, and buying summer/spring clothes is not a problem. I’d say while packing clothes pay most attention to comfort, it’s easy to find where to buy “fancy” clothes, but there’s a big chance that you won’t be needing a lot of those, so pack your comfiest outfits that you’ll feel great in everyday.
  • Laptop. I’m glad that I packed both my tablet and laptop because later one decided to stop working properly… But in general I think packing laptop is enough.
  • Earphones. I packed two pairs, managed to break them both in first couple of months. No one wants to annoy their roommates with loud music or weird tv shows (I think Lisa wouldn’t appreciate hearing Doctor Who spoilers!), so invest in some proper headphones set.
  • One book in your language. In general I prefer reading e-books while I am away from home, but one good friend told me this – book in your mother tongue while in EVS is a must. When you miss your language and your home reading a couple of pages can be very nice.
  • Something for your hobby. Ok, if your hobby is playing the piano I’m not suggesting to drag it with you, but find a way to bring something that you like to do – it will help you to adjust to new surroundings if you’ll know that you have your “comfort activity”. I brought my colouring book and it was very nice to unwind after an active day.
  • Photos. I didn’t took any and that was the first thing I asked my mum to send me. I know that not everyone gets to decorate their EVS apartment, we were the lucky ones, so now I have cute photo collage next to my bed.
  • Backpack. I made a mistake and took nice looking but not a very comfy bag, better take comfortable backpack because (hopefully) you’ll be traveling a lot.

Leave at home:

  • Devices. Mp3 player, tablet, e-reader, smartphone, smartwatch, etc.  Ok, this is my personal opinion, but I think laptop is completely enough for working, listening to music, watching tv series, reading e-books, etc. Anyways you’re in EVS to meet new people and have new experiences so don’t let your devices stop you from actually engaging with what’s around you. Ok, I learned it the hard way – my smartphone was stolen, but I noticed that now that I don’t have it and I don’t use it, I spend more quality time without constantly checking for messages, etc. So old style phone is definitely enough, and all other fancy devices can wait for you at home.
  • Notebooks, heavy books, etc. I am obsessed with notebooks, everyone who knows me, know that I have to have notebook for movies that I have watched, books that I have read, diary, daily planner, shopping list….and basically notebook for every purpose that you can imagine. But they weight quite a lot, so if possible only bring one and if you’ll need more, you can buy, but don’t put too many in your suitcase.
  • Food. I think it’s nice to take some of your local food for international evening, etc. but believe me when I say that you don’t need two huge loafs of bread (we, Lithuanians, love our black bread) or big cheese, or pasta (yes, Italians, I’m looking at you!) So save the space and take only a bit of food, not half of the suitcase.
  • Valuable things. If you have your grandmother’s medallion, your fancy Rolex watch or whatever, leave them at home. You’ll be travelling a lot and it’s better to avoid “oh where did I put it” moments, because you’re going to forget or lose some stuff along the way.

So, this list is obviously very subjective but I hope it was interesting or you to read about my mistakes and hopefully learn something from them, if your EVS expecience is due to start soon, have fun, it’s an amazing time!

Best wishes,

Živilė

 

 

Pantomime for kids

On 27th of March it was Theater day and we celebrated it in youth center, by having pantomime activity. 

What is it and why it is useful for children?

Pantomime is a form of theater, acting without words, telling the story through body and facial expressions.

When children come to theater activities, for me the most important thing is not to make them ‘perform’ by learning a lot of learned text and expressions, it is the opposite – to let them learn trough theater, pay more attention to what they are saying and how are they feeling.

Pantomime is a great way for children to learn how to express their emotions and also how to name them. Sometimes kids who have problems with expressing their emotions can be acting agressively (for example, kid is sad that someone else took his toy and he starts to scream,etc)  – pantomime teaches them how to recognise what they are feeling and act accordingly.

Here you can see a couple of photos of how pantomime activities looks like in the youth center:

If you want to learn more about theater, join us every Thursday from 15.30 in Szent Anna youth center!

Discover Lithuania

If you want to discover at least a little bit of Lithuania, you don’t have to book flight tickets just yet – I collected some websites that will let you get to know more about Lithuania without even leaving your home!

*2018 February 16th will be an important date to Lithuania – it marks 100 years since the restoration of the State of Lithuania. To celebrate this anniversary a website Lietuvai100 was created, in it you can find a lot of interesting facts about Lithuania, learn about country’s history and traditions.

* To keep up to date with current events you can watch Lithuania’s news in English.

* You can choose from various radio stations to suit your choice.

* Everything you need to know about ethnic art.

* Visit virtual exhibitions in National Museum of Lithuania. Though it only has Lithuanian version, you still can explore a lot of different artists’ creations.

* There’s a bit of everything for different tastes – folk music, and here you can choose your favourite genre (website requires registration, but it’s worth it!)

* Here you can find Lithuanian documentary.

* If you want to try out Lithuanian cuisine, this blog could be a great place to start!

And if this is still not enough, visit this place and discover more websites about Lithuania! Have fun!

Funny (and weird) Lithuanian sayings

It is said, that Lithuanian is one of the most difficult languages to learn and use. It might be because of difficult grammar or unusual pronunciation, but a big part of misunderstandings and complications in communication can be caused by Lithuanian sayings and expressions – they are so usual for native speakers, but so weird for foreigner’s ears.

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Today I want to present you some of the most common Lithuanian sayings and explain their meaning, so that the next time you’ll meet Lithuanian you won’t think that everything should be taken word by word!

‘Traukinys šikančių nelaukia.’ This saying, although, not a very pretty one, is one of the most commonly used. Translated litteraly it means ‘The train won’t wait for those who are shitting.’ Told you, not very nice! But the actual meaning has nothing to do with the toilet, the saying actually means that you have to hurry if you want to be on time. For example if me and my friends are preparing for a night out and one girl is taking too long with her hair and makeup, someone would say ‘The train won’t wait for those who are shitting’, meaning ‘Hurry up or we’ll leave without you.’

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Tired of listening to someone’s excuses? We have a saying for that! ‘Stop hanging pasta on my ears!’ It means ‘Stop lying to me!’ So the next time your friend is saying that he’s late because he got stuck in an elevator, you’ll know how to answer!

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Winter in Baile Tusnad can be quite challenging, especially, if you have slippery shoes. But don’t worry, if you slip on ice and fall down, Lithuanians won’t laugh at you, they’ll just say ‘Oh, you caught a rabbit?’

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Looking for your glasses, when they’re sitting on your nose? ‘Oh, you,donkey’s head!’ we would say. No, that’s not an insult, we’re just teasing you for being absent-minded!

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I hope you enjoyed these Lithuanian sayings, if you’d like to hear some more, please, let me know (because, believe me, we have plenty!)

And be careful when you’re outside, don’t catch a rabbit!