Student Travel Column: Destination Lithuania

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Student Travel Column: Destination Lithuania

The side of the street on the way back from Palanga, Lithuania.

The side of the street on the way back from Palanga, Lithuania. "We stopped because it was just so pretty," said Danuteé. Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Danuté Scola

The side of the street on the way back from Palanga, Lithuania. "We stopped because it was just so pretty," said Danuteé. Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Danuté Scola

The side of the street on the way back from Palanga, Lithuania. "We stopped because it was just so pretty," said Danuteé. Photo credit: Courtesy Photo Danuté Scola

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Danuté Scola, a 20-year-old student majoring in Liberal Studies, talked to The Sundial about her trip to Lithuania.

On traveling from place to place:

“I went from Los Angeles to Lithuania, to Barcelona, to Pompeii, to Rome, to Florence and Pisa, to Cannes, to La Palma, to Barcelona again and…back to Lithuania. I adventured to a little bit of everywhere and I just wish I could have traveled to more places. I love to travel and I want to see the whole world one day.”

Q: Where did you travel?:

A: Lithuania.

Q: Who did you go with?

A: I went with my Mom for the first half of the trip and we met up with family friends and then I was there with friends.

Q: How long was your trip for?

A: My trip was 3 weeks. A week and a half then a break to travel in Europe and then another week and a half.

Q: What did you do?

A: I visited family while I was there for the first half traveling and seeing the country. Then the second half I stayed in the city and performed in a Lithuanian dance festival. The festival had over a 1000 dancers doing the same dance at the same time. The moves had several different shapes so while looking at it from the air it looks like a kaleidoscope.

Q: What was your favorite dish?

A: My favorite Lithuanian Dish is koldunai which is similar to meat dumplings.

Q: Mistake you’ve done or something you would have done differently?

A: I didn’t quite pack correctly for my trip. Lithuanian was just 3 weeks of my 2 month adventure. So I ended up not having all the clothes I needed for the weather and having too many I didn’t need.

Q: Do you have any tips for a student who wishes to travel?

A: One of my biggest tips is to keep a journal so you remember all your adventures and enjoy every moment of it because you will have those memories for a lifetime.

Q: Best travel quote?

A: “And then I realized adventures were the best way to learn.”

Q: Where would be your next trip?

A: My next trip will be somewhere in the states so I can save money to travel farther and I am venturing out to Baltimore and Washington D.C. I am meeting friends there and it should be a fun week trip.

Q: Have you ever traveled alone? Would you do it?

A: I have traveled alone, but they weren’t for extended periods of time. I have traveled to Canada alone but I met up with people after a day or two and I have also traveled through Barcelona alone for a day until I met up with my aunt. I love to travel but personally, I think, I prefer to at least meet up with people where I am going. Meeting new people is one of the most exciting things, but sometimes traveling in places so far from home can be a little unnerving. For me, personally, I think that the reason I would probably travel with someone is because I wouldn’t want to get lost in an area I’m not familiar with, as opposed to if I wasn’t alone I would at least know one person if I got lost.

Q: How would you describe what traveling means to you?

A: The World. I learned that every time I travel I find a little piece of me that I didn’t know was missing.