Monday, January 9, 2012

Penpal of the Week #58

 

Today’s Penpal of the Week is a girl from Lithuania – a country that I don’t know very well… Let’s meet her!

 

Please tell us about you!

Hello pen pallers of the world, my name is Almantė, I am a student from Lithuania. I am 19 years old. I live with my father in the capital of Lithuania – Vilnius, my sister lives apart from us, with her husband, my mom lives in my village, she is taking care of my grandmother. It’s been 10 years since she moved, but I visit her every weekend, so I don’t find this situation sad.

 

Almante 1

Me.

 

There are my pets black cat Kuroneko (black cat, only in Japanese) and my dog, Rick. Also, farm animals, but they are like my pets. I love animals since I was small and since then I dream of having a horse.

 

I consider myself quiet, indoor person, who likes to read books or write novels. Even though I’m not fond of sports, I love cycling. My dream country is Japan and two years ago I started self-study Japanese language, now I see the progress and that inspires to continue.

 

I also have my own blog  and I like to read what other bloggers are writing about.

 

Almante 2

Me with my citrus tree.

 

Describe your personality in 10 words!

Quiet, reserved, shy, can be short-tempered at times, relaxed with friends, stubborn, willful.

 

How long have you been penpalling? How did you first start? Tell us about your first penpal!

I have been pen palling regularly for one year, but I had my first pen pal when I was 10-12 years, but soon lost contact with her. In 2007 I met one girl, who became my best friend soon after and I offered her to exchange letters, because we live on the opposite sides of our country. And we are snail mailing since 2008.

 

I call her my first pen pal though. Her name is Laurita, she is at the same age like me and a very creative and strong person, who I admired a lot. We started to exchange long letters and could tell everything there. That’s how my values in snail mailing formed.

 

Almante 3

With my first pen pal – best friend.

 

How many penpals do you have now and where are they from?

I have 15 pen pals who replies fastest and about 15 who usually take more time. There is a variety of countries too, because I would like to meet people from all kinds of places in the world. Now I have pals from Poland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, UK, Germany, USA, Japan, South Korea, Czech republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Moldova, one from Australia and China, but we haven’t kept in touch much in previous year.

 

I would like to mention some of them, who are like my closest friends: Louise, Tanja, Tiia, Lizzie, first real pen pals from abroad countries. We talk about everything, our disscusions and letters, as well, are long. Eve, Lily, Basia, Marta, who are naturally good at writing letters and their way of telling is very interesting, I always think how much I would love to be good like that. And of course, everyone else. All of them knows how much I love to discuss books, our daily lifes, other obsessions and even problems, between us.

 

Almante 4

Can you guess my favorite season?

 

What are your favorite topics to discuss in letters?

Books, movies, music, even serious topics, like situation in Africa or why people give up on their dreams. The more to discuss, the more fun reading their letters and replying. Many of my pen pals have traveled and keep travelling while I haven’t stepped a foot out of Lithuania, so I love to read about their travels, see pictures.

 

What are you looking for in a penpal?

Most importantly – real friend, to who I can entrust my secrets, share my joys and sorrows and here them out. When two people can trust each other, they can be friends, even if they haven’t met eye to eye.

 

Almante 5

With Lithuania’s longest river Nemunas.

 

What do you like the most about penpalling?

Just the feeling of writing is amazing. I write everyday, just the type of writing might be different, but seeing how words fill up page after page is amusing.

 

Also, the joy of waking up and checking mailbox first thing in the morning and finding a letter waiting, or, comming after a tiring day and finding letter, which brightens up the mood.

 

In what language(s) do you correspond?

I write in my native Lithuanian with my Lithuanian pen pal and in English with all the rest.

 

Almante 6

A sample of my handriting.

 

What are some of your habits in regards to letter writing?

I alwasy make a cup of tea when reading a letter and when replying and drink tea as long as I do that. Most comfortable is to write on the table in my room or library, but in warm weather I enjoy writing outside anywhere.

 

I always try to make letters longer, seeing as it takes time to travel, moreover it costs and of course, I enjoy longer letters too. But I never decide about the lenght, it comes naturally. If it’s shorter, I would feel bad about that, though.

 

I usually write during weekends so it depends on lenght, if it’s a longer one, I can spend whole day with few pauses only for it.

 

Almante 7

My mailbox.

 

Has anything strange/funny ever happened to you since you’ve been penpalling?

Luckily I haven’t received anything weird or experienced other strange things. There have been sad experiences with being dumped, but that’s all. And all the gifts I have got were chosen well.

 

Have you met any of your penpals?

Only my Lithuanian pen pal. But I would really like to meet others one day and I often talk about that with them. I’m sure I will make this come true.

 

Almante 8

I love to take pictures of the sky and this is my favorite shot.

 

Are you currently looking for more penpals?

There are still countries which I like and would like to meet people from there as well. It would be even more interesting to meet a male pen pal. If there are people sharing my hobbies and enjoying chatty letters from following countries, feel free to contact me: Australia, Canada, Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Japan, Switzerland. My email adress is a.atkociute@gmail.com.

 

Thank you for letting me join Pen pal of the week and for your time :)

 

My pleasure, Almantė. And thank YOU for the wonderful interview!

Posted under Penpal Interviews

3 Responses to “Penpal of the Week #58”

  1. Oh, it was so fun to read the first interview from a girl who lives in my country! Almante, you look like very interesting, beautiful and kind person, good luck to you! :)

  2. Karolina, thank you :)
    It feels exciting to see myself in this blog :)))

  3. I read actually nothing I wouldn’t know about you yet, Lisa-chan X3 It’s a good sign~!

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