Hello, my name is Bulka. My home is the streets of Tbilisi, but usually you can find me near the restaurants in the old town. Here I often get some tasty snacks and pets from strangers.
Like all the street dogs I have my favorite people. I can smell them even from far and get ready to be a good girl. It isn’t hard to read humans. Especially one blond guy who passes the old town every day. He adores when I wag my tail and lower my ears. And I adore his hands and how elaborately he can use them to scratch my back, ears or belly. Ooof.
As some of the most beautiful holidays of the year are approaching, there is no avoidance of the Christmas rush and the thought of “How are we going to celebrate these holidays?”
Some of us are in a hurry to pull out the hidden Christmas decorations, others are constantly preoccupied with the list of gifts, and the third ones are making plans for the holiday. But how do those plans look like when you have to eat Christmas lunch a few hundred miles from your home and watch New Year’s fireworks in another country? “Erasmus +” students Alua Konuspay and Marion Moll are sharing their thoughts on what it is like to wait and celebrate holidays in other countries.
Time of golden colors and warm blankets; of friendly meetings with a cup of hot chocolate and foggy mornings; of pumpkin soup and melancholic movies; of dozens of umbrellas on the streets and days shorter than nights… Yes, this is about autumn, a season that challenges us with its controversy of brightness and greyness.
Have you ever thought of kindness as a tool for being happy? I had not until last semester when I took a course in ‘Positive Psychology’ in our lovely Vytautas Magnus University. Actually, this course changed me somehow. The main idea of it was to understand the phenomenon of a happy life and try fulfilling one’s personal life with this pleasant feeling. But what was more important, we had to do at least one good act during this course, no matter what that was. This self-teaching of kindness sharing lasted for three months.
If you talked to someone who has been abroad with “Erasmus+”, you would hear a bunch of exciting phrases, motivating you to do it too. I can say I am one of those people – after coming back from a semester in Cyprus I am still full of powerful experiences and reflections. One of many things it gave me is openness to foreigners here, in Lithuania. I know what it means to be in a place with no familiar faces, where everyone talks in a weird language, in such environment any friendly contact with the locals is important. This spring semester back in Kaunas I had an opposite situation, I became friends with Darko Malinovski – an “Erasmus+” student from North Macedonia. Since Darko is very easy-going and open to sharing his experiences, I decided that I want to share some of his thoughts with you.
I have come up with the word multilingualism quite recently, and actually, I have not paid attention to it immediately. But the point is that exactly this word has been related to my life since my childhood. So, when I started thinking more seriously about this topic, I realized that I want to share my impressions with you.
It is interesting to travel but sometimes it is even more curious to meet people from abroad in your own country. Vytautas Magnus University is known for its international atmosphere, in 2018 over 1200 international students studied here. This semester I am learning Spanish language with a French girl who agreed to tell me a little bit about her experience in Lithuania. Marie Morillon is an 18-year-old “Erasmus+“ student who came to Kaunas for the spring semester of 2019.
Marija RADIŠAUSKAITĖ | Ieva ZINOVIČIŪTĖ
Sofi Tukker is a New York-based musical duo consisting of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. They released an EP, Soft Animals on July 8, 2016. To date, they have released the works “Drinkee”, “Matadora” and “Hey Lion”.