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Lithuania

Lithuania

Etymology

There have been several attempts to associate Lietuva with Celtic toponyms, and with Latin or Italian words, but these attempts all lack strong linguistic support. According to a widespread popular belief, the word Lietuva (Lithuania) originated from a Lithuanian word lyti (to rain) and lietus (rain). However, there is no serious scientific support for this theory. Since the word Lietuva has a suffix (-uva), the original word should have no suffix. A likely candidate is Lietā. Because many Baltic ethnonyms originated from hydronyms, linguists have searched for its origin among local hydronyms. Usually such names evolved through the following process: hydronym → toponym → ethnonym. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Confident Voices Vilnius – Are you afraid of speaking to more than two people at a time? Or, perhaps afraid of putting your audience to sleep when you speak? Would you like to learn to overcome nervousness, speak with conviction, improve your presentation skills, give effective feedback, shine at interviews and at the same time, make new friends and have a lot of fun!! [meetup]

Creative Class Vilnius – The Creative Class Club is one of the biggest groups for Designers and developers in London and now also in Vilnius. Its is run by Academy Class the Uks largest Adobe Authorised Training Centre and is available for both old friends and new friends We do hope you’ll be able to join us! [meetup]

Girls in Business Vilnius – This group welcomes women who run their businesses in any field and seek to build stronger network, share their experience and help others. We aim to: – get together once a month; – discuss achievements and struggles; – set goals; – ask questions; – share experience; – empower each other. [meetup]

Vilnius Cooking Meetup – Meetup and cook some new food every time. Socialize, learn new ways of cooking and/or making cocktails or other drinks. And of course get stuffed, I mean eat tasty food till you drop:D if that sounds like fun, join in and let’s organize something. [meetup]

Vilnius Rational Thinkers Meetup – Purpose of this group is pretty egoistic. Some people share some of the best ideas they have discovered to the rest of the group (in rational way), and group members are here to challenge and consume those ideas (if they want). We are here to share, contribute, understand, challenge and respect, but not to fight or compete. [meetup]

Vilnius Yoga Meetup – Mindfulness yoga and meditation is for people who want to improve and maintain their general physical and mental health, take control of your thoughts and emotions. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

DarniPora.lt – DarniPora (Harmonious Pair) is a Lithuanian dating website, while BalticDate is the English version of the same site. DarniPora started in 2006, and regularly sees around 120,000 live users a month. The site sets itself apart by using a compatibility test to match its members together. [visa hunter]

Draugas.lt – Draugas is Lithuania’s most popular dating site. Over 76,000 new members signed up in the week preceding my signup. Overall, the site needs a major visual rehaul. The design is pretty bland, ads are everywhere, and there are so many tabs that it’s difficult to see what is where. Once you get your bearings however, Draugas pulls through with quality profiles, plenty of options for finding good matches and solid communication features. [visa hunter]

Mamba.ru – Mamba.ru is big in Russia and Ukraine, but I would only use it in Lithuania after I’ve exhausted the options above. The good thing is that Mamba is 100% free. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Lithuanian Tours – Big part of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia is covered with forests, rivers and lakes. Unfortunately most of the foreign tourists visiting our countries can see local lanscape only from the window of tour bus. We prepared several tours to get acquainted with local nature visiting National parks in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Bird watchers can see most prominent Lithuanian bird watching site – Cape Vente and other places in the Western Lithuania. [lithuanian tours]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Amber Museum – In Vilnius’ Old Town, you can spot many amber shops eager to sell their wares, and there’s even the impressive Amber Museum-Gallery downtown. [the blonde abroad]

Artsy Times in Uzupis – The artistic neighborhood of Uzupis is a kind of bohemian state outside of Vilnius. After the Soviet Union left Lithuania, a handful of eccentrics decided to create their own independent country of 148 acres, 120 residents, and its own president, bishop, churches and four official flags. [the blonde abroad]

Beer & Beer Snacks in Vilnius Old Town – Lithuania might not be known for its beer (yet), but they sure know how to do beer snacks well. Most bars serve a hearty selection of užkandžiai prie alaus, or beer snacks. Probably the most ubiquitous of them all is kepta duona, deep-fried rye bread served with cheese sauce and grated garlic. There are pretzels, beer soup, calamari, salted and dried fish. I even had pig snouts on one occasion, which still had bits of hair attached to it—though I admit I didn’t get past a nibble. [the blonde abroad]

Gediminas Tower – There’s no scarcity of historical sites in Vilnius, but if you want to get the origins of town, stop by the Gediminas’ Tower, a symbol of national pride throughout Lithuania. The tower and its surrounding walls are all that remains of an old brick castle built here in the 15th century. [the blonde abroad]

Green Spaces – Lithuanians have a fondness for nature and its no wonder, with deep forests, lakes and a shoreline to make any European envious. One of the best places to sample local wilderness is Aukštaitija National Park. Located about 100 km from Vilnius, it contains 126 lakes, several islands and streams, and old traditional villages. In Stripeikiai you’ll find the one-of-a-kind Museum of Ancient Beekeeping. [the blonde abroad]

Hill of Crosses – Probably Lithuania’s most famous attraction is the Hill of Crosses. A modern site of pilgrimage, the hill is literally a green mound near the city of Šiauliai, that is stacked with more than 100,000 crosses from all over the world. [the blonde abroad]

Hill of Witches – Adding to the repertoire of famous hills is the Curonian Spit’s Hill of Witches. This is an old public trail that takes you though the woods past wooden statues of dragons, goddesses, and, most notoriously, devils. [the blonde abroad]

Kaunas’ Devil Museum – Even if museums aren’t your thing, Kaunas’ infamous Devil Museum is still a worthwhile stop. This building houses a unique collection of 260 devil sculptures (mostly wooden) belonging to painter Antanas Žmuidzinavičius. [the blonde abroad]

Trakai Island Castle – The fortress of Trakai, built in the 14th century, is a fun little day trip from Vilnius in both sunny summer or snowy winter. The castle is located on an island in Lake Galvé, accessible by footbridge or rowboat. The castle’s interior tells the story of Renaissance life and history of the area. Most stunning is the reconstructed chapel, with its reddened tapestries and Romanesque chandeliers. [the blonde abroad]

Visit the Curonian Spit – A treat in the summertime, the Spit is a long peninsula off Lithuania’s bright western coast. Go for a handful of days and treat yourself to languid bike rides, dense forests, white sand dunes and cute beach villages. Renting a campsite or room is relatively uncomplicated and cheap. The food is nothing special, but you can’t beat the view of beautiful sunsets every single day. [the blonde abroad]

Festivals

Festivals

Fishermen Festival- Palanga Smelt – Seventh time in Palanga you have the possibility to see traditional “Palanga smelt “ festival. Which allure you with fried, picled and smoked fish, will introduce the fishing traditions from Palanga Bridge. Fishermen festival „Palanga smelt ” will begin on Saturday, February 13th, the fourth time are organized smelt fishing competition from sea bridge, with traditional sam for fishermen and the guests. [visit lithuania]

Galapagai Rock Music Festival – The annual international rock festival “Rock Nights” has deep rock culture traditions and is also the biggest rock music festival in Lithuania. he first time “Rock Nights” was held in 2003, near Plateliai lake. Bands from Latvia, Poland and Lithuania performed then. [visit lithuania]

Hansa 2011 Kaunas – It is known for several years already that Kaunas has been entrusted to organise the festival of the New Hansa Union “Hansa Days” in 2011. It is great challenge both to the local government and to the townspeople. At that time, approximately 7 thousand spectators and participators of the event will gather together for a week, whom we will have to meet, accommodate, dine, coordinate and guarantee that they bring away best memories from the festival. [visit lithuania]

Hanseatic Festival in Kaunas – Since 1991, Kaunas is the sole Lithuanian town that belongs to the international towns’ union “The New Hansa”. Every year, Kaunas presents itself successfully at the annual event of the union “International Hansa Days” by introducing the heritage of cuisine, folk art, music, theatre, etc. Furthermore, since 2005, at the end of August, Kaunas draws crowds of people from the entire Lithuania, who can admire the unique Kaunas Old Town and lose themselves in the Middle Ages, i.e. try armour, play medieval games, taste the old European dishes, listen to the troubadours’ songs, wield a sward, enjoy watching the night’s sky coloured by amazing fireworks, and a lot more. [visit lithuania]

Tamsta Music Festival – The fourth Tamsta Music festival invites all people who enjoy spending time with their friends in the nature and listening to great live music. One of the famous Lithuanian bands and most perspective players will be performing from 20 till 22 of July in Varėna’s woods located in island in a lake “Dainų slėnis“ where you can hear different styles of music. [visit lithuania]

Vilnius Festival – The Vilnius Festival is one of the most prestigious, solid and versatile classical music events in Lithuania and a major summer destination for music-lovers during the hottest tourist season. With primary interest in presenting classical music, performed by the established soloists, ensembles and symphony orchestras from all over the world, the Vilnius Festival also continues to promote contemporary Lithuanian music by commissioning new large-scale works, and offers a platform for jazz and musical theatre. [visit lithuania]

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival – The colourful Vilnius Mama Jazz festival, which offers a variety of jazz styles, has been held in the capital since 2002. The musical line-ups have encompassed everything from all star projects to contemporary post-bop, live sound for silent cinema, and arrangements of Led Zeppelin music accompanied by cabbage soup flavour. Quality, originality, and relevance are the unifying factors defining the diversity of festival programmes. [visit lithuania]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Intercity buses – Almost every place has a bus station in Lithuania. From there go many buses to different places. From the smallest towns, you can have one or two departures per day, and conversely one or two arrivals per day. To travel from Vilnius to Klaipeda, Kaunas, Siauliai, Panevezys, Utena, Alytus, Marijampole or from these cities to Vilnius, there are many departures per day, the journey is really fast. [expat]

Intercity trains – Trains tend to run less frequently than buses in Lithuania. Note that in spite of a good network, not all towns and cities have train stations. [expat]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Coding Dojo Kaunas – Coding Dojo is programming workout for those who want to write better quality code and get priceless experience seeing unexpected, out-of-the box solutions being created by others. [meetup]

Data Science Vilnius – Please join us if you are interested in data science, machine learning, data analytics, big data, statistics, data engineering, etc. [meetup]

Docker Vilnius – Meet other developers and ops engineers using Docker. Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. [meetup]

HeadX Developers Club – As HeadX is expanding to a development centre in Vilnius we aim to grow the community within Ad Tech and both learn and share our experiences. A series of member based MeetUps where development and knowledge are in focus. Looking forward to see you! [meetup]

Lithuania Salesforce Group – Welcome to all developers, admins, users, implementation consultants and ISVs. Lithuania Salesforce Group connects Salesforce enthusiasts in a space to learn new technology, share knowledge, experience, best practises and lessons learned. [meetup]

ProductTank Vilnius – ProductTank provides an opportunity for Product Managers in Vilnius and Lithuania to exchange ideas and experiences about Product Design, Development and Management, Business Modelling, Metrics, User Experience and all the other things that get us excited. [meetup]

Startup Grind Vilnius – Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, & investors. [meetup]

Vilnius Android Developers Meetup – This is a group for anyone interested in Android Application development. You have to come if you find these words familiar: Dagger, Butterknife, Retrofit, RxJava, TDD, Kotlin. [meetup]

Vilnius Startup Founder 101 – Startup Founder 101 brings together aspiring and experienced tech entrepreneurs to discuss, meet, and collaborate to build great new startups, and to push the local startup ecosystem forward. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Hablamos Español en Vilnius – This is a group for all who speak or want to improve their Spanish, for foreigners and for Lithuanians. The idea is to create a meeting point for all the Spanish speakers residing in Vilnius, also for those who are planning to travel or move to Vilnius. We chat, we joke, we say jokes, we go to the concerts. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Association Lithuanian Gay League – Lithuanian Gay League is a national nonprofit, nongovernmental organization uniting homosexual, bisexual and transgender persons. A member of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) since 1994. [lgl]

Vilnius – miestas už LGBT lygybę – Vilnius City Councillors’ group “City for LGBT Equality” [facebook]

Resources

Resources

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