Happy to write my first post from Istanbul, this year the heart of European culture and new home to some 1000 people from around 150 different countries all around the world!
Next two weeks I will be discovering two new cities to me, but not so-new to millions who have lived and visited Bucharest/Istanbul. I will update this blog with images/news from these wonderful places, of which first I will be just visiting (seeing), and in Istanbul I hope to do a bit more “building” work. I will be participating in a youth congress as a young activist (maybe soon to be real activist). susirupines.wordpress.com is the first “battlefield” where I explore this world of activities and issues, and I hope to discover even new ways to worry on, continue!
“Matmintinis” – a counting competition
It happens every year in Lithuania and every year interested boys and girls, their fathers and mothers give one day for counting numbers. (Not many, only those that advance through preliminaries..). All they have to know – basic addition/subtraction/multiplication/division. The questions are easy (sometimes even like: what is 0 + 0,4213), but ability to imagine the computation and the speed is very important in this game.
Had a chance to participate in an international initiative first started in Estonia back in 2007. The main idea is to gather in many different places in one country and clean them, everywhere at the same time!
I personally cleaned surroundings of a place closest to my home with other~50 volunteers:
It is sad that last year none of my country’s disabled&disadvantaged students did participate in student’s exchange programs. We have a few such people in our university, some really bright ones!
It was another early Saturday morning, another breakfast without eating any breakfast, another racing with time to make it to the train, another new adventure.. Yet unique and fascinating!
I went to the forest to rise the nesting-boxes for Pigmy Owls (Glaucidium passerinum), birds that above all, need our help!
Some popular science! No pictures, sorry!
A few hours ago I was sitting in a room unknown to me, many unknown people around me, only with somehow known voices in my head..
It was a lecture about an issue that science is not always trusted to answer. The issue: could planet Earth as we know it be destroyed on December 21, 2012?. Will it end in 2012, as some believe Maya calendar predicts?
Diana Krivcovaitė (Lithuanian Astronomers Union) gave an interesting and thought-provoking presentation full of pictures, facts and scientific knowledge.