Lithuania, Beer & Zeppelins
First off all let me dispel the myth that working overseas is glamorous – it’s not, well at least I’m not at 3:45am, with no makeup on waiting for a taxi.
Having arrived in Vilnius at 2pm (local time) I was met by Vaida Berulytė, International Relations Co-ordinator at our sister College in Vilnius, who took me to my hotel and made sure I settled in.
When we met up again early evening it was raining so I felt very at home. Vaida was joined by Ulrika, one of teachers from the Vilnius Co-operative College, and I was taken on a tour of the old city. It was not as I expected. The old city is beautiful, the architecture stunning and each building has an interesting history. For example the Cathedral Basilica (pictured) was an art gallery under soviet rule, whilst another church was turned into a Museum of Atheism.
After admiring so many beautiful building it was time to eat. And thank goodness as the plane food was not great. I was taken to a traditional Lithuania restaurant and was introduced to Cepelinai or Zeppelins (a potato dumpling with meat in the centre) Ulrika said that this was traditional food that they had when it was cold and rainy outside ‘Comfort food’ I said. True to their name the Zeppelins were HUGE as well as delicious, especially when accompanied by beer.
After a final walk to see the Presidential Palace I am now back at the hotel and ready for bed.
Tomorrow I am meeting Directors from the Lithuanian Co-operative Union and then visiting the College – can’t wait!
Published On: April 25, 2012
Written By: Emma
Filed Under: Blog Category