Why I love Lietuva so Much

Why I love Lietuva so Much
Labas visiem! My name is Esteban Scuzarello, by this time you may be thinking that my name is absolutely not Lithuanian. In fact, you are right. Definetely, Lithuania is not the country of my predecessors, and indeed, it’s not mine as well. But let me tell you something, I feel Lithuanian, my heart beats faster every time I listen ¨Trys Milijonai¨ and I would kill someone in order to eat some Cepelinai. Everything started two August ago. In a cold (for my Latin body) night to that cozy airport in Vilnius. I arrived knowing almost nothing about Lithuania, with a suitcase full of clothes and my head full of fears. I was facing the beginning of a long year living as an exchange student inVilnius, with a local family. I just knew two words in Lithuanian (labas and taip), I did not even know how to say no, or how to ask for food, or where the bathroom was. Of course it was hard. I was far away from¨home¨, with an unknown family, in a county where people seemed to be really shy and, like never before. I remember myself doing the queue for the plane, while my tears went down through my face, I remember a woman asking me what was going on…But I was not able to describe my own feelings. Technically, I was coming back ¨Home¨ and I was going to meet up with my family and friends. But what happened with my life right there in the city of the dreams? (That’s how I love to call Vilnius). I also had a family, a school that I loved to attend to (VVDG), friends, a city I like to walk through (I just love Vilnius). In fact, saying goodbye to Lithuania meant saying goodbye to a part of me… 8 months have passed since that morning. I still have (sometimes) that feeling of being ¨out of the water¨ (I guess that many of you will understand what I mean). I still talk with my Lithuanian mum regularly, and my desires of coming back have not gone at all, they are still there, in my heart. When I saw this project, I knew that I needed to tell my story. Yes I am not Lithuanian. My blood comes from Italy, Spain, Albania and a little bit from an aborigine tribe, not Lithuania. I can not lie about my Nationality (and certainly, I am proud of being Argentinean). Have you ever felt the pride for the Geltona, Zalia ir Raudona nation? Have you ever talked hours about Lithuanian culture and history? Have you ever discussed with a Polish person about Lietuvos Didzioji Kunigaikstyste? Have you suffered with the last Eurobasket final against Spain? Or have you enjoyed a sunset in Nida? Well, I can proudly say YES, I HAVE. Myliu Lietuva, visada. Estebaniukas. Bandera

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