Mardi Gras and some good tips if you are thinking about going abroad

Well, To long since a wrote a post so this will be a long one! 🙂
At saturday 14/2, we celebrated Mardi Gras here in Vilnius. A tradition and celebration that the winter is over and spring is coming! I think it was a mix between the swedish easter and Halloween.
I Went out to the old Town and city central with some friends and their was a carnaval and tables were people were Selling home made products, traditional Lithuanian specialties and of course food!
Traditional Lithuanian food is thick panncakes, bean stew, a lot of meat, potatoes, union, beethrow with carrot etc. It is not the easy to be a vegan/vegetarian here because a lot of dishes are based on meat, especially the traditional food.

Later at the evening their were some fire shows at Lithuanian language so we didn’t understood anything but it was really cool. I presume it was a story about the sun defeating the dark and cold, probably the winter.
Over oll a really good day with some good food, nice experience and also a visit to the Cinema.

Well, I have been here in Lithunia over Three weeks now and I really enjoy my time. I live in dorm and share a small room with a girl. We all share bathroom and “kitchen”. It is important not to have any expectations otherwise you may will be disapointed. Now I’m jused to the way we are living here in the dorms but I remember when i first arrived here there were a lot of students who were “chocked” of the living conditions.
I have to say I like it and you get used to it. Even if you not Always want to talk with people, it is very nice to live in dorms because there is Always someone you can talk with if you want, otherwise you just have to smile, be polite and say hello when you see someone.

I’m not that person who likes to hang out with people 24 hours 7 Days a week, I get really exhausted. So a really good tip for you who are concern about living in dorm or go abroad: it is okay to not participate in Everything and just listen to you self. Today I actually were really tired, I had classes until 19:30 and when I came up to my floor there were about 70 persons screaming, dancing etc… Then it is okay to take care of ourself, try to find some minutes for yourself. If you are scared “you will miss something” relax, there will be A LOT of other activities. Here for an example there are every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday party on clubs until 4:30. Over that almost everyday there is something happening so there will be plenty of things to join if you want.

The sun hasn’t been shining since I came almost but now it has been shining for some Days and it is really Lovely, worth the waiting time! But it is SO COLD XD

Paintball drama

I have been in Newcastle for three months now, but I could not say I have done or seen too much during that time. One of the most surprising things for me here was the fact that our spring break lasts one whole month, and I am on it now. I have been resting from everything for the first two weeks and here I am, constantly seeking for nice places to visit around Newcastle, but I’ll talk more about it on my next post.

When I arrived at Newcastle, I soon discovered that there are over 60 student societies in Newcastle University, and I wanted to find myself there. I tried the art society’s tie-dye workshop and was looking for something else to do when I found a Lithuanian society. Following me roots, I contacted them and immediately signed up for..paintball.

The more ‘firsts’, the longer the memories remain. So, on 30th March I found myself in a misty forest, hiding behind a barrel with paint splattered all over the glass of my protective mask, covered in mud and barely able to see yet aiming a  gun at my target. It had been reining for four days before we went there, so the conditions on the field were extreme. We often fell due to very muddy and slippery ground but the adrenaline spiked to high we could not care less about that. Looking back, despite all the bruises and blue paint in my hair, it was one of the most extreme adventures I went through in my life.