It has been more than 6 months since I moved from Lithuania to Spain. The five years I lived in Lithuania were the most interesting of my life. If I had Alzheimer one day I hope not to forget these moments 🙂
Life in Spain is a little bit different. Weather is complex, it is cold in the morning but warm in the afternoon, it takes me a lot of time to decide what to wear. I still get electrocuted all the time, so it is not something Lithuanian, maybe it is me after all. Most of food has higher quality but I still cannot find a baguette as good as the 0,35 EUR Iki bread. And now finally I can find interesting magazines in a language I fully understand 😁
But there are many things I miss about Lithuania:
- Beeeeeer 🍺🍺🍺 I became a beer lover in Lithuania. I love all local brands with so many flavors. In Lithuania I spent a lot of time trying to decide which beer to buy, here in Spain I spend a lot of time in trying to find good beer.
- Exotic Pizza places 🍕 Not the best pizza in the world, but Čili Pica, Can Can, Pizza Jazz and Jurgis Ir Drakonas had one amazing luxury environment. Can Can had those carpets on the wall, those crazy ceilings, those huge sofas that made really good to spend some time with friends. Jurgis Ir Drakonas had one of the best pizzas and my favorite Lithuanian beer: Ungurio Kojos.
- Trolleys 🚎 It was an exotic way of travelling for me. I miss the non-stop voice speaking to us during our trip, the commodity of having a monthly pass and the funny moments when the electric cables went off and the driver has to go outside to fix them.
- Language 👅 It sounds so beautiful. Sometimes I engage in fake conversations with myself to remember it. Lithuanian language is still part of my daily vocabulary as I say phrases like:
- ….iiiiir viskas. – “And that it is”. I just love how saying this forces me to vibrate my tongue. Love it!
- Atsisprašau. – “Sorry”.
- OHO! – 😮
- Nzn! – “I don´t know”
- Į sveikatą! – Cheers 🍺
- Ačiū. – “Thanks”
- Nu tada gerai! – “Alrighty then!”
- Ta prasme! – “…” I don´t know exactly what it means, but lithuanians say this a lot. I just love how it sounds
- Kas čia?? – “What is this here?”
- Mano telefonas neveikia. Neveikia!!! – “My phone doesn´t work. It doesn´t work” I love sayng neveikia all the time, even when it is wrong used 🤪
- LIETUVAAAA !! LIETUVAAAA !! (in basketball games)
- Nature 🌳 Now that I am far away that I have noticed that cities in Lithuania are closer to nature than in the rest of the places I’ve been lately. I miss walking by the city river in Vilnius center and lakes around Šiauliai. I started enjoying walking by the woods with my girlfriend in my last year in Lithuania. This is something I miss so much, because since I left I was not able to have nice walks or bike rides as I had in Lithuania.
Šurelis – Some kind of curd cheese with chocolate. I jumped of happiness when my friend Evelina brought me some last week 😁
Kibinai, a lithuanian pastry. To eat one of these near the Trakai castle is something I should do each summer.
Cepelinai, the fried one from a narrow street in Klaipeda. AAAHH SO GOOD 😋
Kepta Duona, or fired bread, I recommend to have it with melted cheese and beer at a bar. Be careful when buying them in supermarkets.
Cheese finger from Klaipedos Senamiestis with that sauce !!!! AAAAAHHH
Šakotis, lithuanian cake. Oh taip!!
Sour cream 🍲 One of those things that you can find in a lot of dishes but are exotic in other places. It was really weird to see sour cream on soups, but now I miss it like hell.
Žemaičių blynai, yeeeeeees more of them
- Snow ⛄️ It was so beautiful walking on it, also the frozen lake in Šiauliai was quite an experience for me 😀
- My friends 🕺 This is the most painful part. We usually went outside the city, near the woods to make barbecue, drink beer, walk in the forest, go to sauna, jump in the lake, aaaaahhh I miss those things. Also watching football with my Spanish and Italian friends is something I miss a lot.
Lithuania is a beautiful country, full of things to offer. Only now that I have departed I feel sad for things that I didn’t do and would like to have some experiences once again. Every time I see Lithuania being reference in a book or magazine I jump of excitement as I am one of them. My family wants to visit Lithuania in their next European Trip and I would be super happy to be their guide into this exotic land.