I arrived in Lithuania on the 21st of January 2017. Times flies and many things happened, the latter being having remembered I have let behind this blog and partly regreted having done so.
However, as Anderson .Paak says, “Let’s celebrate while we still can!”. During this year I tried badly to move forward with Lithuanian Language. Around the end of May 2017 I have received this fancy certificate and felt safe. Albeit knowing and using proficiently this language will be in my brain teasers list still for a while, I overcame the asking for directions/ordering a pizza level and I can have a totally basic conversation.
Lithuanian is damn hard but as I learned with French, there is everytime one and only one way to learn a language: trying it out repetitively, being outrageously curious and moreover humble. If you are afraid of doing mistake or looking clumsy, you will never know if you are able to make it (spoiler: you are, we all are, we all speak one language, so two is not a big deal!).
My journey in Lithuania won’t have been started without the job, the Company and the colleagues I work with since one year. Being responsible firstly for France, I ended up becoming a key point of contact for HRIS issues and accidentally discovered data analytics and many other interesting things (one being SQL language). I have learned there that I should stop pointing out how much I am messy (even though I am), since I saw what my tidy side can make. Last October I spent two weeks in Milan, meeting with HR local Team and learned plenty of things.
Another curious fact about this year is that I have learned Spanish without wanting it. It seems like my team has always been a wonderful and exotic family where Spanish was more like a second official language and as I joined the crew, sicne I have a crash for languages, it seemed to me natural to follow the trend and make the basic I mastered work (but no fancy certificate was released this time).
I have started the post willing to say a couple of things and told a million, so let’s come to what I originally wanted to say. This year would be another story without the incredible, continuous, fantastic support of my girl, Austeja. She was amazing alla along this year and she makes me express the best out of me everyday. I can say I have two families, one back in Italy and another in Kaunas and I could say I am happily part of the third one.
I was almost forgetting: soon we will leave for a short trip to England to visit our friends there, a couple of 3D wizards in London and a literature geek back in Cambridge (hurray!).
Last year was not easy, albeit watching back I see what I accomplished and I feel thankful for many things. My 2018 resolution would end up being a long list, one of the points being “Let’s try to make this blogging thing alive”. We all know how it ends with all 2018 resolutions, but a wishful thinking never killed anybody.