The name of Lithuania is not always recognizable for every foreigner living a little further than our neighbor countries. Some people know neither where is it located, nor what this country is like. Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda and many other Lithuanian cities, as well as the local people, are alluring by their attractions.
Lithuania can leave the very best memories, and if some ask me where to go and why, I would say – to Lithuania. And here are all the reasons why here is so good to be.
#1 Climate. It is possible to travel to Lithuania in all seasons, but the clothing should vary according to the time of а year because the climate in Lithuania can be described as typical European continental influenced climate with warm, dry summers and fairly severe winters. There are four seasons in Lithuania: winter, spring, summer, and autumn.
Coldest months are December January and February – when there is snow, and the temperature drops below zero. However, summer offers much warmer weather. Here the sun shines, you can sunbathe and swim, and the thermometer columns can rise up to 25 degrees.
#2 Safety. Lithuania is a very safe country. Lithuania is ranked 37 out of 163 countries in the Global Peace Index 2017. And according to Global terrorism index Lithuania was given a score of “0”, representing no impact from terrorism and a low likelihood of future attacks.
#3 Food. For centuries Lithuanians have created a unique palette of dishes influenced by the culture of different nations. Exclusive Lithuanian cuisine feature – potatoes dishes. The most famous of these are boiled Zeppelins with minced meat or curd filling.
The variety of dishes is gigantic starting with Traditional Lithuanian Potato Pudding Kugelis and ending with dumplings with mushrooms or berries fillings. Perhaps the most exotic Lithuanian dish is Potato Sausage (Vėdarai) – intestines stuffed with grated potatoes baked in a stove or oven.
If you haven’t eaten a Cold Beet Root Soup, you haven’t been in Lithuania. It is very simple for making and both delicious summer season soup based on kefir and vegetables. It is suitable for vegetarians too.
Suggested desserts: Lithuanian visiting card – “Šakotis“ cake, cucumber with honey, yeast cakes and buns with various fillings, “Kaplūnas“ (bread in the sweetened water) and many others. Lithuania will not be Lithuania without own beer and wine. Lithuania has a vibrant local beer industry, different to any other European country, and a tradition surrounding it that’s wholly unique.
Homebrewing is a core part of Lithuanian culture but there are plenty of commercial brewers to choose from too, with the Lithuanians being known for producing some of the best beers in the world.
#4 Lithuanian nature. Lithuania consists of forests, lakes, the Baltic Sea, forests and national parks. In any case, the nature of Lithuania and national parks (there are 5 of them here) do not leave indifferent. Aukštaitija National Park is the oldest national park in Lithuania. It is the land of lakes, where 126 lakes located. The surface of the territory was formed by glaciers, completely abandoned only 14 thousand years ago, making the terrain highly carved and diverse.
#5 oldtowns. Lithuanian capital Vilnius was added to the UNESCO world heritage lists in 1994. Vilnius Old City is the biggest in its territory in Eastern Europe. A lot of buildings, both sacral and dwelling, have been built in the medieval times, some were rebuilt into younger architectural styles. Kaunas has a nice old city, then comes Klaipeda and a number of small towns with a very nice pedestrian mall in the center.
#6 Local people.
- Lithuanians are very diligent, at that, they stand out. Diligence is probably the most appreciated feature.
- Lithuanians are crazy about basketball.
- Lithuanian humor is a little bit different from others, it is more like British, dry.
- Lithuanians are very hospitable and welcome guests to all they do or have.
- It is very important to make eye contact. Lithuanians consider it a sign of dishonesty if a person refuses to or is reluctant to make eye contact.
- Lithuanians, in general, will shake hands more often than others. It is a custom to shake hands when greeting each other, especially among men.
- Hugging and kissing are acceptable only among close friends. While talking, men and women generally do not touch, but someone patting you on the shoulder could happen.
- Lithuanians do not use a lot of gestures or facial expressions. That could vary from person to person.
- Lithuanian society is opening up. Young people tend to show affection more openly than older people. Anger is an emotion Lithuanians are comfortable with.Article by Lukas Kiguolis