1) For one thing, it reminds me of Washington (which is always a good thing, and probably one of the top ways to get on my good side)
2) It rains a lot here. Might as well decide I like it, and avoid being miserable for the next month.
3) Vilnius just looks beautiful in the rain.
4) I've developed a hypothesis - when everyone is soaking wet and equally miserable, they seem to be nicer to each other. What's the point of being reserved when you look just as much like a wet dog as the lonely old guy sitting next to you?
5) When it rains, that just means I get to bring out my trust $2 umbrella. That thing is hearty.
This morning did start out eventful though, because we were approved for our VISA! Normally, you can only stay in a European union country for 90 days unless you get a special VISA, which we got today. Now my passport has a shiny brand new VISA in there, complete with grumpy picture. Hurrah.
After we all left the passport office, Dima had some free time and wanted to do something with us, so we ended up driving over to...
1) An Oreo milkshake thingy. Sometimes, when you're away from America too long, you just need Oreos. You do.
2) A yummy (and refillable) cup of hot chocolate. Yes, I'm aware I got ice cream and hot chocolate. Yes, I know that makes no sense whatsoever.
3) A saucy wink from one of the KFC employees. He was tall, fairly attractive and had all his teeth, so therefore I appreciated the gesture instead of labeling him as creepy.
We even made Dima try some Oreo goodness! He's never had Oreos before (they don't have them over here, in case you haven't figured out), but seemed to like it! Mission accomplished.
After KFC-ing it up, Dima dropped us off at our apartment where we made plans for the day. On the way home, he even blasted 70's music and laughed as we all sang along to "It's Raining Men". Good moment.
Eventually, Elise and I ventured over to the Vilnius National Museum, planning to meet up with the other girls at the National Gallery at 4pm.
|The front of the Vilnius National Museum|
Overall, it's been a great (albeit rainy) day.
For highlights today, I decided to take some time and talk about Alysa. I was actually hoping to save her profile for a less busy day, because that girl requires a full 2 page blog post just to list off her stories. I'll try to shorten it up though, and do the best I can :)
|Alysa and I (with the ever present photo-bomber, Artur)|
1) First off, Alysa's real name isn't actually Alysa. It's Nikol. Well, actually it's Николь since that's how you say Nikol in Russian, but that's beside the point. The point is, this girl is hilarious. She was watching an American movie one day where the main character's name was Alyssa. She decided she loved it so much, that she declared herself "Alysa" from that day forth.
Since she signs her name as "Alice" (how you pronounce "Alyssa" in Lithuanian) and all the kids at ILP call her that, I never even considered that people outside of our little school may not know her as that. This being the case, one day in primary, little Miss Nikol/Alysa signed her name as "Alice" on a picture she drew. Brigita (the primary president) had a mini panic attack, thinking she had been calling her the wrong name for the past year! Areil reassured her that Nikol really was her name - ILP just does weird things to kids and make them spontaneously change their name. That's all.
2) On that note, Alysa is a FANTASTIC artist! Dima has a secret penchant for artwork, and actually graduated in such from school. Alysa definitely picked up this talent from him, and is constantly drawing all the time.
|She's also a good little sculptor, as you can tell from her green unicorn :) (complete with pile of sticks next to it - apparently, that's food)|
4) Did I mention that she won a Jujutsu competition when she was 5? Against all boys? Because she did.
5) Did I also mention that she once put Janese in a headlock in class? They were talking about being strong when Alysa waltzes into the middle of the room, and gestures for Janese to come stand by here. Janese was confused why, but walked over, and even bent down when Alysa gestured for her to do so. Once she was in range, Alysa grabbed her in a headlock and held her there for about 15 seconds before she finally let go. The kids thought it was hilarious :)
6) While we're on the Alysa-is-a-beast roll, she also did 110 push ups yesterday. She beat Dima.
7) We're not sure where she picked this up from, but Alysa also does a mean Gollum impersonation. you know this creepy thing he does?
8) Alysa loves squirrels. I'm really not sure why since I've really only seen 1 squirrel in Lithuania the whole time I've been here, but she has an obsession with them.
|Look how happy she is with her beanie baby rodent.|
|I'll admit though -those beanie babies are cute.|
10) She loves to snuggle. When we're getting her snack, eating dinner at her house or whatever, she'll always climb up on our laps and snuggle.
11) She gets SUPER into the activities we do in class. For example:
|It's hilarious. Really.|
13) Did I mention she LOVES "My Little Pony"? A lot?
|Thanks to her, I know can name off about 8 different ponies. Rainbow Dash is her favorite. Personally, I like Apple Jack. Though Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie are pretty great too.|
|Also, together, they form an unbeatable team when it comes to fruit ninja. Trust me. I've tried to beat their record. I can't.|
|She loves Artur :)|
|Making a Unicorn. The things "My Little Pony" does to children. Sigh.|