Sunday, January 30, 2011

I Saw The Sun! - Jackie from Westmont

SPRING 2011
January 27th. The sun has finally decided to make an appearance. We have had a few days where the sun came out for about a half hour or so, but today is a blessing. I had the pleasure of waking up to the sun and in mid-afternoon the brightness of the day has not yet faded. It's funny how you can see the changes in people when the sun comes out. As I was walking to school the other day and we had about a half hour of sun there was this little old lady, standing on the bridge I was crossing, staring at the sun like she was trying very hard to ingrain the visual of the sun in her brain cause she knew she wouldn't have the joy of seeing light for a few more days. To the little old Lithuanian lady, I say 'enjoy.'
 
When you think about it, it's a good metaphor for God. So many times the Bible calls God a light. In the darkness of the world we need a light to guide us and to bring us joy. In the same way people need the sun. People get depressed when it's dark. God's light is a wonderful blessing that brings joy in the darkness and hope for the future. So good.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Today - Sean from APU

SPRING 2012
I am incredibly deliberate in celebrating the today the Lord has blessed me with. I went on a solo-walk along the streets to just take in everything, stand underneath the expansive blue sky, feel the numbness graze along my face. And then a "holy moly, I'm actually living this right now" moment came over me. It was beautiful, and undoubtedly such a gift.


Amidst the exhilarating chaos of being in the unfamiliar, you find that living in today is both necessary and enriching. In a little over three months, when I fly back across the Atlantic, I want to believe—with full confidence—that I experienced life in Lithuania to the fullest. Whether it's being a purposeful student in the classroom or sharing conversations over dinner with foreign friends, I seek to celebrate the today in which God has called me to live.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Unseen Lithuania

Explore the unknown land from the bird’s view!


See Lithuania from the above. “More than 50 flights using various aircrafts, tens of thousands of travelled kilometers and amazing shots” taken by Marius Jovaiša, portrays a small country in the middle of Europe.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Out of the Box - Jackie from Westmont


SPRING 2011
I have never experienced anything like Lithuania before. From the weather to the food to the people, it is so different here. You know what though? Different is beautiful. When I decided to come to LCC I did it because I wanted to experience something different than what I was used to. This semester at LCC has already challenged me and helped me grow as a person and it's only the beginning of the third week! It has taken me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to new limits. I could not ask for a better experience. 

I thoroughly enjoy this cultural experience that I am getting and I love the people that I am surrounded by as I go on this journey. It is humbling and wonderful to be around so many people from so many places. Everyone brings a different perspective and  everyone views life and love on a different level. It really is beautiful.


Last Sunday I went to a church that was in Lithuanian but they had headsets for translation. I was amazed that there were so many people in one building from so many backgrounds worshiping the same God. It was such a cool 'every tongue from every nation' worship experience. It's just as cool to go to school and hear all of the different languages being spoken around you. Even though everything is taught in my native tongue I am constantly hearing the sounds of other nations coming out of the other students' mouths. God created it all. Cool.

That's all from me for now. Until next time. =)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Let the adventure begin - Sean from APU

SPRING 2011
It's the second week, of what feels like months, of my Lithuanian expedition. This entire experience has been incredible, from the study abroad orientation in Vilnius (the capital) to actually arriving at and taking classes at LCC. I wish I could go into detail of everything we've done (walking across a frozen lake to a castle, jumping into the Baltic Sea, devouring various delicious traditional Lithuanian foods, you know, the usual...), but that would take forever, and as a college student, I know your time is valuable. Even if you're on Facebook.

Anyway, I will try my best to keep you, the prospective LCC study abroad student, updated and present you with an opportunity to vicariously preview this amazing place though me. In regards to Lithuania as a whole, I would suggest you brush up on the multi-faceted past of this country. It'll make you addicted to knowing more about it, and then you'll end up experiencing it for yourself. It's the best.

In seeing the expansive history of this small country, I feel guilty for kinda writing Lithuania off as just a place in Eastern Europe. It has a diverse past that ranges from prosperous growth to war-torn hopelessness, which is why being in Lithuania at this moment, where hope is evident and independence is strengthening, is such a gift.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

History – Alyssa from APU

SPRING 2011
Something that has been a constant thought though my mind this week is: history. History, history, history. I have not always been a fan of the subject and have plenty of teachers to prove that I am not the greatest history student. But being in eastern Europe it is nearly impossible to not acknowledge the tremendous amount of history here. Don't get me wrong, the United States has an interesting amount of history behind it too. But honestly, it doesn't compare to the entire millenium of war, dynasties, art, architecture, kingdoms, castles, food, clothing, and people that Lithuania has.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Welcome

Welcome to the first official Study Abroad Lithuania blog post!  This blog will feature students participating in the program as well as Study Abroad staff.  Join us on a journey of new discoveries, reflections and profound moments.