Anastasiia (Ukraine): My first impression of Lithuania

DSC 2387Lithuania met me with cloudy weather and a slight drizzle. For the first time in my life, I was feeling myself like “an Englishmen in New York” or an alien in the foreign country. However, my first feelings were wrong and far from reality. That I understood after meeting the teachers and students at the gymnasia. We had talked for a while and then I realized that I was feeling myself so calm and safe like I was at my parents’ house. Meeting other teachers and students I was surrounded by so caring and polite people. They asked about my country – Ukraine – and expressed words of admiration for the strength of my country and Ukrainians. From that moment, I realized how supportive and generous Lithuanians are.
I explore new places and sights every day and each time they impress me with their magnificence. The students really won my heart. I was lucky to teach them English after a week in Marijampole. First day was a little bit difficult and tense. The students were shy and I think sometimes even scared to ask anything or to communicate. My personal stories and jokes helped me to find the right approach to the students and the ice was broken. I am happy to do my job with so intelligent and interesting youngsters.

Nikolaj V. Lassen ( Danija)

January
It has been good coming back to Lithuania, and in general Suduva, after the Christmas break.
January has been filled with snow and excitement as well as rain and boredom.
But the most exciting thing I can write about, is what happened last week.
The entire last week, Suduvos Gymnasium had other Erasmus students come visit. People from Turkey, Romania and Macedonia arrived and were welcomed to the school. We did a lot of different activities during the week. Workshops about what to do better in school as well as sightseeing around in Lithuania. We visited the culture center in Vilnius where we learned about Lithuanian history, and later on we also traveled to Kaunas to see old castles and the city.
It's been a fun journey so far, and it’s first now I actually realize that 5 months have passed, as well as half my time here in Lithuania.
A lot of things have happened already, and it still feels like yesterday when I arrived at
Kaunas airport.
I’m excited to see what the rest of the 5 months has to offer

Holidays in Denmark(Nikolaj V.Lassen)

nicIt has been good coming back to Denmark after being in Lithuania for 4 months. After traveling for about 10 hours, I arrived at my great aunt. The entire family was there. My own close as well as my dads’ cousins and their children. It was a nice feeling. It was the 23rd of December. The warmth of the house, the smell of leverpostej and æbleskiver, the sounds of Danish radio. It was a very nice feeling and I still remember every bit of it even today. The next day, the 24th, was a bit more hectic. We celebrated Christmas at my uncle’s, so we had to prepare a lot of stuff. We ate some roasted duck, potatoes, either melted in sugar or just normal, and for dessert we got a rice pudding called Risalamande. The next few days me and my family just spent time together. On new years eve me and some friends celebrated together. We drank, we ate, we did other stuff we would regret in the morning, but in the moment it was amazing. Next few days we just watched movies and spent time together, and the 7th of January my little brother turned 18 years old, so the family got together one more time.
It has been amazing being back and I can’t wait to go back to Denmark in February.