Saturday, July 21, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
We have also started doing some family style dinners with the Portuguese students that are staying in our hostel. Last night they cooked for us and it was really good. It was some sort of meat with sauce over rice. They told us after that it was not really a recipe they just threw it all together. Either way it was good. My only complaint is that the Portuguese eat really late. They had dinner ready to go at 10:30 p.m. whereas normally we are ready for dinner at 7 p.m. Tonight we are having American food and we decided that we were going to make tacos! I am fairly certain that no one other than the Americans had ever had a taco so we have had to explain what tacos and tortillas are to everyone. To finish it off next week we will have Ukrainian night. I hope I have made everyone sufficiently hungry. Bon Appetit!
Sunday, July 8, 2012
I am currently sitting in the airport in Riga, Latvia waiting to board a plane to go back to Vilnius after spending a weekend in Tallinn, Estonia. We arrived here early Friday afternoon. In the taxi ride from the airport to the hostel I almost felt that I could be somewhere in the United States. Tallinn felt much more western than Vilnius. The taxi was much nicer, the roads were wider, and the buildings newer. We determined that it may be because, as opposed to Vilnius, Tallinn is a port city which may make it more modernized. The first think that we did was go to Tallinn University to have a short lecture on the history of Estonia. At the lecture we were told just how old Estonia was and that there are a lot of buildings that are left from medieval times. Through the rest of the weekend I found it interesting that while driving through Tallinn you might see a medieval-looking tower and in the same block a very modern glass skyscraper.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Labas Rytas! Good Morning! To all of my American friends Happy Independence Day! I arrived in Lithuania three days ago and have loved it. Vilnius is such an old, beautiful city. The design and the architecture are so different than anything that I have ever seen in the States. The last two days before class a couple other girls and I have gotten up early to come to a small cafe in Old Town Vilnius near where the school is. I just love sitting outside at the cafe surrounded by all of these beautiful buildings.
The first day that I was here I went to an open air museum that is about 20 kilometers from the city that is the Monument of the Center of Europe with Carly and Anson (two students that also go to UNC) and our Ukrainian roommate Maryna. There are 70+ sculptures and works of art made by artists from around the globe. We had fun looking at all the different sculptures and there was one of them that was called "Mobile Games" that we enjoyed because it was pretty much a playground for adults. Unfortunately the woman at the gate informed us that if we wanted to take pictures we had to pay more for a special ticket so I have no pictures to show for our adventures.
Last night I walked around town after dinner with Maryna, Denise Jessica (the other two girls from UNC). We went to the main square with the Cathedral Basilica which you can see in the collage that I posted. We were just in awe of how massive the church was and also how absolutely beautiful. We also enjoyed going around looking at all the different shops. There was not enough time to go to all the places that looked interesting but we do still have two and a half more weeks.
I must be off to class now but I will fill you in on how the courses are going in the near future! Once again I hope that you all have a fun Independence Day! Enjoy!
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
- Where is Lithuania?
- What language to they speak there?
- Why, of all the places in the world did you choose Lithuania?
Lithuania is in North Eastern Europe. It is one of the three Baltic former Soviet states. For all of you visual learners here is a map of the area.
The last, and most important question is also the hardest to answer. The simple answer is just that this was the trip that I was offered. One minute I was talking to Dr. Reardon about some classes that I wanted to take in the fall and the next he is offering me a scholarship to go to Lithuania. I am still amazed that I am actually going but yet I still am trying to figure out why I am going. My mother tells me there are no coincidences in life, only God's plan and I know that it is true because there is no other way this trip could have come together as perfectly as it already has.