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And did those feet …. 25 years ago

DSC00066Walking to the end of Gedimino pr towards the cathedral you cross the road and the cathedral bell tower is on your right.DSC00323_copy

Look down and you will see this pair of footprints. They weren’t there last year so I asked the helpful staff from the National Museum who look after the bell-tower visitors what they represented.

They were put there to mark the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way, the 2 million strong human chain which stretched from Vilnius to Tallinn on August 23rd 1989.

Lithuania has come a long way in those 25 years and it started here.

I’ve blogged about the Baltic way before and my colleague has also done a piece about this too here.

And without giving too much away it’s not too far from the Stebuklas MiracleTile


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A Little Light Humour in Lithuania………..NOT!

NB This is NOT a news item!

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Ambushed, handcuffed and interrogated by the KGB: Welcome to the terrifying tourist attraction that transports you back to the USSR (but you’ll have to sign a waiver first)

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Being ambushed, blindfolded and interrogated isn’t exactly a normal tourist experience, but in Lithuania it is a hit with visitors.
The Eastern European country offers a chance for holidaymakers to experience what life was like under the control of the USSR – using real dogs, former KGB officers and taking place in a former Soviet bunker.
The terrifying experience starts with visitors being ‘ambushed’ by the Red Army in the middle of the forest, 25km from the capital Vilnius, before being transported down into the bunker for a three-hour Soviet experience.

Seeing red: The ‘captives’ are lined up before they are marched underground to take part in manual labour and be interrogated
Before taking part in the experience, which is called 1984:…

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Turkish Delight – memories of Summer School in Kaunas

Those 5 weeks I lived and studied in Kaunas were memorable for many reasons not least the diversity of the students, mostly on Erasmus programmes.

The two Turkish agricultural management students enlivened the International party with their dancing skills.

See also Memories of Summer School


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Our experience working in Lithuania since 2006

We’ve worked with many of the universities in Lithuania. Chiefly Mykolas Romeris and Vilnius, where we are visiting lecturers, but also with the ISM and Kaunas Technical University and VDU in Kaunas.DSCN1502

We’ve presented at a couple of conferences (for the ICF and Vilnius University) and a breakfast seminar for the British Chamber of Commerce in Vilnius.

We’ve also collaborated with PK, a consultancy in Kaunas.P1010202

If you’re interested in what we’ve done click on this link here: SGA-LithExp2014


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Fond memories of the Lithuanian language Summer school in Kaunas

This is a blast from the past.  I’ve just had an e-mail from Greg, a fellow student at the VDU Summer School with me in 2008 (there were just fourof us who had English as our native language). Greg is an American who later married a lovely Lithuaniuan lady and now lives in Kaunas (their story deserves a blog post in itself).

Anyway he’d dug out a video onYouTube that was made during our Summer School featuring trips to Druskininkai and Grutas Park and our wonderful International Party where we enjoyed food from all the countries represented on the course and some traditional Lithuanian dancing (I’m in there somewhere with my own video camera).

 


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The Grand Courtyard of Vilnius University and Church of St. Johns.

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Surely one of the most beautiful universities anywhere in the world. On my last visit to the university I took the opportunity to wander around and take some photos on what was a beautiful day.

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Tourists mixed with the students on the site and there was a real buzz around the place as the “freshers” were still getting used to the university.

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I saw a group of students dressed rather unusually in yellow t-shirts and with faces painted being led up Pilis gt by a number of other conventionally dressed students.

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My friend and colleague Renata informed me that this was “baptism” for new students to welcome them to the university (or I think that is what she said but I may have misinterpreted the word).

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Anyway, they seemed to be in a boisterous mood and fully entering into the tradition of the university ( a bit different from…

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Ah, the English………..such a confusing lot of people!

This might aid your understanding of us when we meet!

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I thought this would be useful for all my friends and colleagues who are not English. It will help explain how we communicate………….I think! I have re-titled it to the English as we are very different than the Scots, Welsh and Irish.

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