This post is dedicated to all my lovely Lithuanian girls I met in NYC.

When I first moved a couple of years ago to a model house in NYC, I met a lot of great people. Most of them were Lithuanian girls, who just like me, came to the United States to follow their dreams, explore the Big Apple and have an incredible time. Every single girl I met (and there were more than 15 Lithuanians over the years) was extremely nice bubbly, and heartwarming. Some of them spoke English very well, the others a bit less, but we always managed to communicate (Like “Winter, winter in my eyes” – as asking a cab driver to turn the AC on 🙂 ). Since then, I knew I would love to visit Lithuania one day, my neighbor country, and it finally happened.

I spend the last New Year’s Eve in Vilnius, Lithuania. It was a short weekend but left me with a huge appetite to come back one day, rent a car and take a road trip around this beautiful country. There are many great things I could say about Lithuania, and I am sure by the end of this post you will check Expedia’s website for the cheapest flights to the country of amazing basketball players and pink soup.

  1. The Old Town of Vilnius is a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage site that is also one of the largest surviving medieval towns in Northern Europe. The city features terracotta-roofed houses, pastel facades, church and castle spires, and meandering cobblestone streets which make it wonderful to explore on foot. A very charming city is great to explore not only during the summer but in the wintertime as well.
  2. Lithuanian is one of the oldest languages in the world today. This language is one of the oldest living Indo-European languages of Europe.
  3. Lithuanians are famous for their fondness for nature, and it’s not hard to see why. After all, around 40% of Lithuania is a forest
  4. Lithuanians love to eat food that is filling, hearty, and keeps you warm. Lithuanian dishes are mainly made of root vegetables (potatoes and beetroot), meat, and dairy products, all of which can be grown in Lithuania’s cold climate.
  5. Lithuanian people are reserved, but very nice. Almost every one of them speaks English, and they are very easy to communicate with.
  6. One of the surprising facts about Lithuania is that basketball is one of the most popular sports in this country with many Lithuanians going on to actually play in the NBA.
  7. Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, regularly ranks as one of the cheapest city breaks in Europe, with a pint likely to cost below €2.50. Here you go, you should definitely check those tickets now.

“Sena meilė nerūdyja.” – “An old love does not rust.”

Lithuania is a small country, so our contribution would not be that large. We are not afraid of our responsibility. We receive 25 percent of our national budget from the European Union. We understand the value of solidarity. Dalia Grybauskaitė

It grey louder. Louder. They were singing, singing at the top of their lungs. Andrius joined, and then my brother and the gray-haired man. And finally, the bald man joined in, singing out national anthem. ‘Lithuania, land of heroes… Rutha Sepetys

“Svetimi dūmai akis graužia.” – “Dry bread at home is better than roast meat abroad.”

“Nereikalauk nieko iš kito, jei pats nieko neduodi”” – “meaning that you have to be fair. – Don’t take something from someone, if you don’t give anything to them”

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