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    For those of you who don’t know, I was born In Vilnius, and I’ve been living in Vilnius for my whole life. Vilnius, the capital of a country, called Lithuania, got it’s perks. And there are sure certain believes about people from Vilnius. But let me start at the beginning.

    One Friday evening I was sitting with my SO and my friend talking about travelling when one mentioned that I’ve been living in the same city for my whole life. I like to think of myself being pretty smart, but sometimes I am surprised by the obvious things I do not take time to figure out (like the time back in 2012 when I suddenly realised that Titanic is actually reference to Titans from Greek mythology). Then craziest thought just popped in my head – I should move somewhere. Same week, on Sunday, I packed my bags and was moving to Kaunas.

    Pretty sure that most of Vilnius citizens would call me crazy, because the common misbelieves (or just believes) about Kaunas (aka second biggest city of Lithuania). I am not here to break those certain believes, because even in Kaunas I spend most of my time in Vilnius street, and I sure understand the irony of it. I am not even trying to prove any point apart from me being able to live in other city.

    As soon as I moved,  I realised that living comfortably in my apartment got me lazy, so moving out for some time is actually doing me good, since I am getting out of my comfort zone. I am discovering all the different coffee places in Kaunas, waking up early and working in a different environment. At the same time I quite enjoy the wandering and the chances of randomly meeting someone and getting distracted dropping significantly.

    Lastly, I got asked many times, how do I feel about my spontaneous decision and on a scale from “getting a drunk misspelled tattoo” to Brexit, I have to say that I feel good, even if I can’t stop myself from playing “Englishman in New York” at least once in a day.

     

    Augustina Glinskyte,

    2017 Mar 24