Surviving Winter in Lithuania

Friday, October 23, 2015



It has gotten COLD in Vilnius and in the words of Jon Snow "winter is coming." Last week I had to break down and turn on our heat. I also had to pick up one of those ridiculous looking snow outfits for Baby ISO because I won't give up our daily walks.

Lithuania is pretty cold and dark in the winter. The cold is reasonably tolerable but staying dark until about 9 am and getting dark around 3:30 pm really can get to you - at least it gets to me. Especially when there are multiple could days in a row of clouds and no sun. Last winter I remember solid weeks of clouds - ick. It can be a challenge. I've survived two winters and am headed into my third, so I feel prepared to share my tips to make it bearable and even enjoyable.

1) Get out the house. Go out for dinner, visit a cafe, hang out with friends. Cold, snowy days make me want to stay inside, but the best thing I can do is bundle up and get out. This is especially true if you work from home or on maternity leave like I am!

2) Think warm. Have the appropriate clothes to be prepared for the cold, especially if you go everywhere on foot like I do, which is why I love those Sperry Topsider winter boots (number 5). I have a similar pair from a few years ago and they've held up great! Right now I'm lusting after a new winter hat like the one from Zara below (to fulfill my desire to dress like Steve Zissou).



1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (I made this image using Polyvore. These are not affiliate links, they are just things I like.)

3) Creative Lithuania. I love getting out and finding the creative side of my adopted city. Last winter J and I took pottery classes and I learned that I'm terrible at pottery. This winter I'm thinking about baby yoga or mommy and me swimming class. I also wouldn't mind finding a glass blowing class, but perhaps that will have to wait until baby in search of is older!



4) Get away. If all else fails, go somewhere warm and sunny for vacation. Last year, J and I went to Paris. It wasn't so sunny or warm, but it was beautiful and of course helped to break up the cold and dark of Lithuanian winters. For this year's February vacation I'm dreaming of Portugal. Let's see if that happens!

5) Think cozy. Not so sure how much this will be happening with a small baby around, but normally I love to light a candle, drink a hot beverage, cuddle into a warm blanket, and read a book or catch up on blogs.



How do you stay happy in the winter?

6 comments:

  1. These are all tips I would say for winter in Iceland as well. Getting out of the house, even when it is cold and you just want to stay inside, really helps me.

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    1. Yes, getting out of the house is the best. I really need to find a winter activity for this year!

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  2. I love this list-- a good warm pair of boots is EVERYTHING! I invested in some Docs over 3 years ago and I'm so pleased they are still holding up after wearing about every day or every other day. I tend to hibernate during the winter too so it is nice to have a reminder to get out and about... even to a cozy cafe.

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    1. Warm boots and socks to go with them. Perfect! Yes, going out to a cozy cafe is a winter activity that I love, especially since CZ has such awesome cafes.

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  3. Great tips for getting out of the house and making the most of winter. We used to live in Alaska, talk about cold and dark. We made it a point to go for a walk every night after dinner, even if we had to take headlamps. And when we had a day off together, we'd head to the mountains for a hike. Making the most of it definitely helps you get through it, you're going to be more miserable if you stay at home.

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    1. I can't even imagine the dark, cold, and snow that you got used to in Alaska. Brining head lamps for a walk is a great idea! I never really thought about that. Hiking on the weekends - even in the cold is great. Did you do any winter sports too? I've never been skiing or snowboarding, but I'm sure that would be a good way to get out as well.

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