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?