Take the Plunge | 22.03.2016
In the Spotlight with… Magdalena Fink!

In 3 sentences try to convince me to visit your country.
We have mountains, snow, beautiful cities and landscapes and stunning views. The Alps should be already enough reason to come to AUSTRIA! Oh and then you have to come and visit me in Tirol, so I am another important reason! 😀

Being home, without being at home.

Being with Magdalena without being with Magdalena.

Climbing up the Tyrolean Everest (aka Glanderspitze) without climbing up THE Everest.

Being on Sound of Music without being on Sound of Music.

Sound of Music
Who wore it better? #SoundOfMusic
Magdalena's Family
Our Austrian family!

Aačiū! Dankeschön! Obrigado! 🙂



Everyday I receive on my inbox a handful of newsletters from various services that I signed up to. Sometimes I don’t even bother paying attention to them.

The one I got today was different. The header photo, a perfectly taken snapshot of Trakai Castle, an hour away from Vilnius, immediately drew my attention. Memories of my 10-month-stay in Lithuania came as fast as they went…

LufthansaLufthansa is testing me, for sure!
Lietuva ❤

Lietuvos šeima

I gotta admit, I had to use my good ol’ friend Google to get the title, which simply translates to Lithuanian Family. The cases of this Baltic language are horrid, so I needed to be sure that I had Lietuvos written correctly.

Skype 1

Thank God that the Skype call ran in English, which was universally understandable. Despite not seeing them daily anymore, the bond between Lietuva and Portugal is still strong! 🙂

How Lithuanians see Europe

How we (Lithuanians) see the rest of Europe

Internet never seizes to amaze me.

A couple of weeks ago I came across a 9gag post which showed Europe through the eyes of Lithuanians… The nicknames given can vary from author to author, but one that is transversal to all is Portugal.

Vilnius, what?!

Well, the 9gag community, in the comment section then provided with an explanation:

I’m from Lithuania and i can confirm that only 30% of this is true, the rest of it is complete bullshit and some of them doesn’t even make sense. And why the hell Portugal is named as Vilnius? Never heard or seen anywhere that any Lithuanian ever would call Portugal as Vilnius in any reference.
@user 2
no but Vilnius is called Portugal. That’s because Vilnius is on the very side of Lithuania just like Portugal is on the very side of Europe so many people from other cities in Lithuania call Vilnius people Portuguese. Although I have never been called that and I’ve been living here my whole life :’)

Totally unexpected, I would say… Have to confirm this with some Lithuanian folks!

On the 11th of March, 1990, Lithuania became the first country to proclaim itself independent from de Soviet Union, granting the country its second (and hopefully last) independence.

Happy 27th birthday! 🙂