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Lithuanian girl dreams to live in Georgia
04 July, 2018
It is not a secret that a lot of visitors of Georgia often stay loyal to this country during their whole life. Viktoria Valentaite, who lives in one of the most beautiful cities of Lithuania, Kaunas, is one of them. Her mother, who visited Georgia 29 years ago and fell in love with the country, used to tell her stories about Georgia in her childhood.
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Since then, Viktoria has always tried to explore this country,, to get familiar with its culture,
traditions, cuisine and to learn quite difficult Georgian language.

Viktoria first heard about Georgian language was in 2008. One Georgian girl came to her country and ended up in musical project. There she sang half Georgian - half Lithuanian song ”War”. The sound of language put a spell on her. She found alphabet with Latin transliteration, found lyrics of Georgian song ,,Suliko'' and transliterated it to Latin. It was enough to recognize letters. In university she learnt Georgian language a bit deeper. Eventually, she came to Georgia as an exchange student.
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“The plane landed in Tbilisi at night. While sitting in taxi I saw “Andza" (Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower) and my heart started beating faster – “Hey, that's Mtatsminda!'' - was the idea in my head. The next day I was already wandering around Tbilisi. It was my first visit in the city and I got lost several times, but it felt like I knew all the place. Impression was wonderful, I cannot find better word. I felt that I came in a familiar place- I felt I came home.”

The key reason why Viktoria loves Georgia so much is that people have free and more open relations.
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“We, Lithuanians, are not that close with our relatives or friends as Georgians are. I get insane every time I see how Georgians communicate with relatives, neighbors, friends and just anyone. Human relationships are very important for me, I guess that's what I miss the most in my country and what I found in Georgia.”

Viktoria is a huge fan not only of Georgian people, but also its cuisine, Khinkali in particular. Despite the distance from Georgia to Lithuania, she always tries recall its delicious flavor and cook it at home by herself.
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According to Viktoria, there are certain aspects that make Lithuanians and Georgians different. Georgians are much more open than Lithuanians. They don't make problems out of nowhere like in Lithuania – “We always find a reason to worry about something.” Plus, she noted that Lithuanians are more organized than Georgians. However, she is very pleased by the Georgians’ attitude towards their traditions, language and culture.

Despite the fact that Viktoria currently works in Lithuania, she plans to save enough money and fulfill her own dream - to move to Georgia and live where her heart belongs to.
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“Lithuaniais my homeland. Georgia is a homeland of my heart. I do not pretend to love Georgia more than someone or more than something. I just love both these countries, as two very special places for my life.”

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