Trip to Lithuania

16 Aug

I would like to share my impressions of a trip to Lithuania, located on the cost of Baltic sea. Although Lithuania is right next to my fatherland, I have never visited it’s capital before. Weird, right?

As my fiancé was on vacation, we decided to spend a nice time together and go on a road trip somewhere close. Why not Lithuania? Our main goal was to explore the capital city Vilnius. As the weather was great, and since we knew that Lithuanian beaches are very nice there we decided to spend some time on a beach as well.

Sometimes you don’t need to go very far to find a beautiful place. It could be just around the corner (or in our case just around the closest border). It is about spending a good time together with person or people you love and discovering new interesting places.

These are the things we saw and the things we did:

On the way we stopped by at The Hill of Crosses

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Walked above the water in Palanga

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Enjoyed the water

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Walked across Cathedral Square in Vilnius and saw the most important Catholic building in Lithuania – Cathedral-Basilica of St.Stanislaus &St.Ladislaus

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Overlooked Vilnius from above

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Admired the beauty of the St. Anne’s Church

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and St. Catherine’s Church

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Visited The Gates of Dawn – the only remaining gate from the city’s original defensive walls

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(An image of the Virgin Mary was placed above all gates to protect the city)

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We wandered around the neat narrow streets of Old town

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Ate a good meal at “Meat Lovers Pub” – place that serves good home-made hamburgers, steaks and soups. I like it for it’s interesting, fun interior and cozy atmosphere

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Climbed up the hill to see The Hill of Three Crosses…

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took a deep breath and admired view through the trees

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Had a nice meal at the best place in town for authentic Mexican food which is also Mexican-owned and calls “Tres Mexicanos”

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While sipping some Margaritas listened to the voices of restaurant owner’s singing and guitar play.

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I am thankful for the wonderful weather we had, for the great opportunity to see amazing architecture of Vilnius and it’s churches, and spend this trip together with the loved one 🙂

Have a good day!

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Adjuration to myself for myself

14 Aug

It is pretty difficult to live in harmony with yourself and others, and at the same time to try not to live by other people expectations. Lately, I have to deal with a lot of self-analysis. I will not lie to you – to me, this process is quite distressing. This led me to the idea to write a list of promises to myself, which I very much want to commit. And I hope that I can make it to happen, because I believe that it will make living so much easier. I assume that these 10 pledges, or “commandments” will not be the last ones. There are so many things I want to learn to change my thinking and encourage my progress. Although these 10 pledges are nothing new, but as we know, not so easy to execute. I think it must have come across many of us.
So, here they are:
1. Do not judge!
2. Do not ever think that you are a burden to someone or anyone!
3. Do not think of what other’s might think of your actions or decisions!
4. Do not imagine things that other’s might think of you and do not automatically take it as a truth! Because it could be completely different.
5. Criticize yourself, but never ever punish or belittle yourself!
6. “Pet on your shoulder” every so often!
7. Do not justify yourself!
8. Do not explain yourself, or your actions to people who don’t know you or don’t care about you!
9. Do not feel sorry for not pleasing someone or saying “No”!
10.Do something new every day, even those are small things!

Good luck! 🙂

Rome in photographs

21 Feb

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Delight. What is that?

13 Feb

A thought that I had lost my ability to get excited about things harassed me for some time, and no matter whether those are small or big things, items, events or new experience. It made me really upset.
Recently I came across this quote: “Enthusiasm is everything! Give to people all of earthly goods, but take away their ability to feel the excitement, and you curse them to eternal death”. Sounds scary, but I completely agree. Only one can be truly happy and feel the joy that retains the ability to get excited of the things that everyday life provides us with. I have always been kind of envious of the people, who are enthusiastic and able to admire. I want to get back my ability to admire!
Last week I was on a small two-day trip to Rome to meet my fiancé. I have always enjoyed visiting new places. I could wander through the streets of Rome for hours and for days. Every time, when I saw a new building, that appeared around the corner and it’s pillars were glowing in the sun light, it took my breath away. Isn’t that great? And, hey!? I was excited and delight 🙂 That was a great feeling. All the even more incredible made the fact, that I had a person next to me with whom to share this excitement. However, you must be able to admire things being alone and at the same time not feeling lonely, because those are the moments that promote creativity in us.
I am convinced that the excitement causes physical changes in the human’s mind and body, making healthier and providing with energy. And I believe, that the ability to transfer excitement to others and thus gives them the enthusiasm to move forward and become more active, is a real god’s gift. Would not it be wonderful with his enthusiasm and energy captivate the others and create a delight addiction…

Escalate your consciousness!

9 Feb

I created a list of qualities, that I admire in others and that I want to develop and train. While those, which I already have, I should not lose. This could also be seen as a kind of mission for the following year for me 🙂
I truly believe, that these personal qualities and capabilities make people’s lives easier and more successful.
I can only wish that everyone would have most of these abilities. And each should be sure of what they are truly thrilled about in life.

Characteristics to develop:

enthusiasm for the mission of my life

belief in one’s actions

its ability to develop

self-confidence and inner peace

self-possession

communication skills

personal attractiveness

ability to properly treat people

integrity and directness

its goal clarity

charm

ability to admire

pleased to make decisions

positive perception of life

ability not to compare.

Izveidoju sarakstu ar īpašībām, kuras es citos cilvēkos apbrīnoju un kuras vēlos sevī attīstīt un trenēt.  Savukārt tās, kuras man jau piemīt, jācenšas nepazaudēt. Šo varētu arī uzskatīt kā sava veida uzdevumu turpmākajam gadam 🙂 Es ticu, ka šīs personības īpašības un spējas atvieglo dzīvi un padara to veiksmīgāku. Varu tikai novēlēt, lai visiem piemistu lielākā daļa no šīm spējām, un katrs būtu pārliecināts par to, kas viņu dzīvē sajūsmina un valdzina.

Lietas, ko attīstīt sevī:

sajūsma par savu dzīves uzdevumu

ticība savai rīcībai

savu spēju attīstīšana

pašpārliecinātība un iekšējs miers

nosvērtība

komunikācijas prasme

personiskā pievilcība

spēja pareizi izturēties pret cilvēkiem

godprātīgums un tiešums

mērķa skaidrība

šarms

spēja sajūsmināties

prieks pieņemt lēmumus

pozitīva dzīves uztvere

nesalīdzināšana.

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