I always wanted to go to the Baltics, a region consisting of countries such as Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Part of it was the allure of the area. During the time it was part of the Soviet Union, not much was known about the area. But inside the Soviet Union it was known as one of the most productive areas of the country. It’s one thing to live or visit Russia or Ukraine, but it was completely another to visit the Baltics.
The Baltics are different. Unlike the Slavic languages such as Russian, Ukrainian or Belorussian, the languages spoken in the Baltics do not come from the same language family. Lithuanian and Latvian are related but not mutually incomprehensible. On the other hand, Estonian is closely related to Finish.
Lithuania, along with Latvia and Estonia, is one of the three Baltic nations perched in the Northeast of Europe near the border with Russia.
Lithuania is a relatively small country with a population of only 2.8 M people. The capital and the biggest city is Vilnius, with a population of only about 500,000 inhabitants or so.
I spent about two years living in Vilnius. I also traveled around the country quite a bit, so I feel I have a good grasp on the mentality of the people.
In that period of time, I dated several Lithuanian women and had one serious girlfriend with whom I spent a good portion of time living.
Lithuania has a turbulent history. The country’s main issue was its geography: it was always sandwiched between two major powers: Germany and Russia.
This meant that, for most of its history, the bigger powers used the small nation as a buffer to either preempt attacks or a staging ground for an offensive campaign.
At one point, Poland absorbed Lithuania into its empire. Then it was the newly formed Soviet Union, then it was the Germans during WWII. Then it was the Soviets again.
Finally, in 1991, Lithuania became independent. And, in 2004, it joined the European Union.
While one may argue that Lithuania is now fully independent, as a member of the EU, it still needs to answer to another boss—the bureaucrats residing in Brussels.
Nevertheless, today Lithuania is quickly becoming an easy country to live and to do business. One of the best things about Lithuania is its super-fast Internet that you can get for a very low price. When I lived there, I enjoyed a 100Mb Internet for only something like $10/month.
It’s also a country that’s cleaner, has less corruption and much more organized than pretty much all the other Soviet Union republics except its Baltic siblings: Estonia and Latvia.
In terms of the mentality of the people, I always thought that Lithuania was closer to its Slavic countries such as Ukraine instead of its Western neighbors. But I had the wrong perception. Lithuania (and the rest of the Baltic countries) is definitely closer to countries like Germany and Scandinavia.
Lithuania’s language is Lithuanian. It’s somewhat distantly related to Latvian and also to the-now-extinct Old Prussian.
Since it doesn’t relate to other languages, it’s a fairly difficult language to grasp. I would rate it closer to Hungarian or Finnish in terms of difficulty.
Unlike other European languages, most words bear no resemblance to their English equivalents.
So, if you really want to learn it, you must dive head first and start from the beginning.
The good news is that a good chunk of the population speaks Russian, a legacy of its Soviet past. This is only applicable to those who’re 35+.
This is even more so in Vilnius, where almost everyone over 25 years old can at least understand basic Russian.
When I lived there, I spoke Russian to the older people and English to the younger ones.
The first thing you notice about Lithuanian women is that they’re extremely beautiful. The best way to describe them would be to say that they’re some kind of a cross between Ukrainian and Russian with a touch of Scandinavian mixed in.
They have this “Northern” look to it. High cheekbones, light blue eyes, white skin.
There were times when I literally thought that almost every woman could be a supermodel. They are also extremely feminine and know how to dress when going out, etc.
They’re also tall. Extremely tall. I believe Lithuanians are some of the tallest people in Europe. It wasn’t uncommon to be surrounded by women who are all at least 5’10 and above. So, if you’re a guy who’s on a shorter scale (below 5’8), you’ll definitely feel it: people will be hovering above you.
But something kept bothering me throughout my stay. I was in Eastern Europe, but the women didn’t act Eastern European: they didn’t act like the women in the other Eastern European countries like Romania, Ukraine, and Russia. For a long time, I couldn’t figure out why. Everything was lining up: I was in Eastern Europe, in a former Soviet Union country; some of these women even spoke Russian, yet they didn’t act Eastern European.
I finally realized the problem after talking to a Russian guy who had been living in Lithuania for a while. His impression was that Russian and Ukrainian women are more “gentle” and “feminine.” He had some difficulty describing his experience, but I knew exactly what he was talking about. Russian and Ukrainian women are a bit more feminine; Lithuanian women are a bit more Westernized. The difference isn’t huge, but if you’ve spent some time in Russian and Ukraine, you’ll definitely notice it.
The culprit can be climate. Lithuania is located all the way in northern Europe so it’s brutally cold most of the year. The summers are nice and pleasant but short. Understandably, the people adapt and become more reserved, compared to say the chatty Italians or Spaniards.
Nevertheless, there hasn’t been another country where I’ve seen so many beautiful women in one place. I could literally be walking on the street and thinking to myself, that girl can easily be a model, or that girl, or that girl. They are that beautiful. But they’re also a bit more Westernized than their Eastern counterparts. Now, whether you consider that as an advantage or a disadvantage is completely up to you.
What kind of men do they prefer?
Lithuanian women aren’t like Russian or Ukrainian women who’re known to go crazy over foreigners (or used). Moreover, Lithuania isn’t a popular destination for foreign men who’re seeking out a wife, like the aforementioned Slavic countries.
From what I noticed when I was living there, Lithuanian women love their own men. I’ve almost never seen a couple that was different race or nationality. Just Lithuanians with other Lithuanians.
I do know that some Lithuanian girls love traveling abroad, primarily to Spain (some also go to Italy, but not as much). When I lived in Barcelona a few years ago, I noticed a lot of Lithuanian women with their Spanish boyfriends.
Lithuanians have also immigrated to places such as Denmark and England; in London, there are entire Lithuanian communities of people who chose England over their own country.
Although, I don’t believe women immigrated there specifically because of English men; it was mostly to have a better life in a richer country.
Although Lithuania (and other Baltic countries) aren’t huge friends with Russia—at least when it comes to politics—I did see Russian and Lithuanian couples. One of my friends is a Lithuanian guy who married a Russian woman.
Thus, unlike Polish women who’re crazy about anything Spanish, it’s really hard to pinpoint a specific type of guy who is destined to win Lithuanian girls’ heart.
Meeting women during the day
When I lived in Lithuania, I had a rule where I would approach at least two women every single day (or whenever I stepped outside). Thanks to this habit, I honed in my approaching skills and understood exactly what works and what doesn’t when it came to meeting women during the day.
The first thing you have to know is that Lithuanian women aren’t used to being cold approached. Nobody does it in Lithuania, so they would be very suspicious if a random person stopped them and started asking for directions. It just doesn’t happen in the country.
Therefore, you have to be prepared to give her additional “warm-up” time after your approach. Otherwise, she may be taken completely off-guard and run away.
After you felt that she has warmed up, feel free to ask her what you wanted to ask her such as directions to a store or if there’s a cool coffee shop nearby. If she shows interest, keep talking and then tell her that you’re a foreigner who’s here on a quick visit or if you live here as well.
Where to meet women during the day
Just about anywhere, but if I can make a quick suggestion: I wouldn’t recommend meeting them out on the street while they’re in a rush somewhere. Instead, you’re much better off meeting them when they’re relaxing in a coffee shop or browsing in some clothing store.
One of my favorite approaches—and one where I picked the most numbers—was actually in a Zara on Gedimino Prospectus, the main street in Vilnius. (I also had decent luck at the H&M nearby).
The women were super relaxed and often open to approaches unlike those who were running to some destination.
Another great place for approaching is a bookstore or a library. Lithuanian women love to read, so you could pick up easy numbers while browsing a large or small bookstore or inside the library.
Meeting women at night
Lithuania has decent nightlife. The problem is that the cities are just too small to give you a wide variety of different venues and clubs. Nevertheless, the capital, Vilnius, has a number of bars with a good, friendly vibe.
There are also a bunch of clubs there as well.
In the summer, a really good option is the seaside town of Palanga. That’s where most of Lithuania goes to cool off.
There’s always stuff happening both during the day and at night. At night, there are some really happening clubs.
Meeting women online
While the nightlife isn’t the greatest, I was surprised at how easy it was to meet women online. Although I had decent success with Tinder, by far, the best success I had when I used a site called Lithuanian Cupid to meet women. In fact, this is the site I wholeheartedly recommend when you're trying to meet women in Lithuania.
A lot of women I matched were Russian and Ukrainian women residing in the country, but I also matched plenty of beautiful Lithuania women as well.
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Where to stay in Lithuania
Lithuania is a relatively small country with only two major cities: Vilnius and Kaunas.
Both cities are pretty small. Vilnius has only about 500,000 inhabitants; Kaunas has only about 300,000. Vilnius definitely feels more cosmopolitan of the two with its beautiful old town and a nice, modern “new town” part of the city.
Kaunas, on the other hand, feels like a small city, which of course it is. It’s like Vilnius on a smaller scale, with an old town as well. Kaunas also feels much more run down than Vilnius, with its old buses and rusty buildings.
For that reason alone, I definitely preferred Vilnius over Kaunas.
As I mentioned above, in the summer, you can also stay in the seaside towns such as Palanga where all the major parties are happening. They even fly into town famous DJ’s for big concerts.
When to visit
Let’s be honest: Lithuania is outright depressing in the winter. Since it’s so northern, the days are brutally short and there’s no sun at all during the winter months. Not too mention tons of snow and cold temperature.
I spent two whole winters in Vilnius. I typically live alone, but this time I was living with my Lithuania girlfriend. I honestly don’t know how I could’ve survived if I was living alone. It was really that bad.
Thus, I would definitely recommend visiting in the spring or summer if you can. Unlike most of Eastern Europe (e.g., Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania), Lithuania doesn’t really get very hot in the summer. In fact, the temperature was usually hovering around 25 C or so. I only remember a few days when the temperature was uncomfortably hot.
My experience with Lithuanian food was lots of dough, lots of meat and very little fruits and vegetables. It was the only country where I met lots of people who absolutely hated salads.
As a big meat eater, I wasn’t really impressed with the country’s cuisine. It was too plain for my palette. Like other Eastern European countries, it wasn’t spicy. But unlike Ukrainian food, with its multitude of different dishes owing to its rather diverse culture, Lithuanian food was relatively plain and uneventful.
The good news is that if you’re not huge of Lithuanian food, you’ll be happy to know that Vilnius is brimming with lots of great international cuisine. In fact, when I lived there I enjoyed amazing Indian food and really good Mexican food (opened by a young Mexican guy from Mexico City).
They even had great burgers and steaks.
So, there you have it. The complete guide to Lithuania and the beautiful women who inhabit this Baltic country.
Lithuania may not be a large country, but it’s certainly far from boring. Out of all the cities, I can definitely recommend the capital, Vilnius as a base for getting to know this interesting country.
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