New Year’s Revolutions

17 resolutions revolutions for 2017. Let’s go!

  1. Find a new educational path!
  2. Visit at least 5 new countries 🙂
  3. Learn a new language (preferably a Scandinavian one!)
  4. Drastically improve my Spanish!
  5. Go to Santiago de Compostela on foot! 100km as the minimum walking requirement.
  6. Have one fun weekend with the Ganda team!
  7. Take my friends to Aveiro.
  8. Attend (at least) one music festival!
  9. Finally watch GoT!
  10. Embrace some youth/social project.
  11. Don’t give up on the gym membership!
  12. Learn 5 party tricks!
  13. Read 12 books
  14. Meet M. again!
  15. Procrastinate less.
  16. Continue to update this blog as often as possible!
  17. Be.

EVSers

Once I got back to Portugal, on the 5th of September, I had in mind that my EVS journey had finally come to an end. That was the case… well, kind of.

For the last 3 days, the city of Porto (carago!) welcomed me and other former EVS volunteers to the ultimate get-together. I was finally given the opportunity to meet and engage with other Portuguese who shared a very similar experience (I was in fact the only Lusitano in between 100+ volunteers while in Lithuania…).

It was heartwarming to hear each other’s experiences and adventures abroad (not only in Europe but also in South America and the North of Africa!). It gave me some peace and quiet to realise that I am not the only “crazy” one in a world full of normative rules expectations, one-way paths and social pressure…

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I still know a bit of Lithuanian!

Monday, the 5th, we had a (somewhat fancy) dinner to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the European Voluntary Service. I was also given a really nice book, of the last two decades of this EU programme, full of stories and EVS babies! 😛
This particular day also happens to be the International Volunteer Day. Coincidence? I think not…
Moreover, I also had the opportunity to meet some of the current EVSers who chose Portugal as their volunteering place. Interesting to hear their stories, the differences between countries and cultures and how they now get to call Portugal their home… it made me time-travel back to Plungė! 🙂

You can still check my adventures in Lithuania!
/taketheplunge.blog

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I have a future! I hope so…
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Porto is a truly magical city! It’s great that I’ll be back to this northern city for the New Year’s celebrations! 🙂
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Smells like Christmas already…
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A very photogenic city!

Once an EVSer, forever an EVSer.

Wanderlust

A couple of days ago, while at home surfing the web, I came up with an idea:

Why the hell not go on an hitchhiking adventure around Europe during the summer season?!

But then it hit me:

Going alone is not really an option, at least for now. Even though while in Lithuania I tried hitchhiking and alike, I am still pretty rookie…

Who would embark on this adventure in the blink of an eye?? My sister of course! 🙂

Once I got to her with this proposal, she got immediately excited. It didn’t took long for us to decide on a starting point – Genève in Switzerland. After, we would roam east to Austria, followed by Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia… The world is indeed our oyster!

Let’s not overthink about it! I thought to myself.

A thorough Google search led to the following:

TAP Portugal Flight 952
Departure: Lisbon | 08:30
Arrival: Geneve | 11:55
25th of July, 2017
Status: confirmed!