27% of participants met their future partners during their stay abroad and one third ended up with people of a different nationality.
I was on a Summer School in Lithuania with a group of them back in 2008 and they certainly knew how to enjoy themselves the students from Poland, Germany, Turkey, Czech Republic, Latvia, and some other EU countries.
European Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen said it was a “touching little figure” that showed the scheme “creates a lot of positive things”. “It is a great encouragement to young people to go and live abroad and open up to all the opportunities that exist if you are willing,” Hansen added. I couldn’t have put it better myself!
Pigeons waiting for the bus in Vilnius, Lithuania. Now I know pigeons are smarter than we think but this is just lazy!
In the capital city of Vilnius, which is generously endowed with trees, the locals have been showing their love for them.
This is not about tree hugging but knitting a woollen tree covering.
And while it’s clearly just a decorative and artistic initiative in Lithuania in India tree decoration has a more serious purpose.
100 folk artists are painting scenes from Hindu epics onto trees to save the environment. They hope that the deeply religious community will hesitate to cut down the trees to avoid incurring the wrath of the deities painted on them.
Trees are scarce in the district of Behar due to population pressures – it is India’s second most populous state and one of its poorest. The artists work for free as there is no official funding and plan to paint around 1,000 trees to save them from the loggers’ chainsaws.
In the UK a community in Leicester is using “yarn bombing” to make the area seem safer. Woollen pom-poms have been strung from trees and tree warmers knitted by a guerilla knitting group.
The trend seems to be spreading in the UK. A friend of mine spotted these trees trying to keep warm in Upper Mill near Oldham recently.
His response? “Tough – this is the best steak house in town and we’re only here one night!”
There’d be no such misunderstandings here!