Lithuania vs USA

I was born and raised in Lithuania, and I lived there for 18 years. I spent the best years of my life there. Six years ago I moved to Unites States of America. Both of these countries mean a lot to me. There are a lot of similarities and differences between Lithuania and U.S.
Lithuania is a part of the economic region, known as a Baltic Republics, extending along the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Lithuania’s area is 65,200 sq. km. Liithuania borders are on Latvia in the north, on Byelorussia in the east, and south on Poland, and the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation in the southwest. Vilnius is the largest city and it is also the capital of Lithuania. The climate of Lithuania is transitional between maritime and continental. From the point of view of suitability for human health and economic activities the climate can be considered to be among the favorable ones. It is characterized by seasonal chhanges of temperature four times a year, by moderate heat in summer and by adequate humidity and a sufficient number of bright days. The negative features include long autumns and winters. There are 722 rivers of 10 kilometers and longer in Lithuania. Ri

ivers and lakes in Lithuania have been long used as waterways although, with the exception of the Nemunas, they are not very suitable for navigation. There are over 3 thousand lakes in Lithuania. They take up 1.5 per cent of Lithuania’s territory. Lithuania is part of the East European Plain. Woodlands cover 28 per cent of Lithuania’s territory.
According to the data provided by the Department of Statistics the population of Lithuania was 3,751,000. More then 80 per cent of the total population are Lithuanians, but we have people living from other counties too. Mostly Russians, Byelorussians, Ukrainians, Jews and people from Poland. The Lithuanian language is the state language of the Republic of Lithuania. It is the oldest of the living Baltic tongues and belongs too the family of Indo-European languages. Lithuanian is spoken by some three million people in Lithuania and by about a million people living in other countries.
We are free country for 17 years now but before that, we were a part of Russia. Almost everyone lived poor life. Even though my parents are both teachers and worked full time it was really hard for them to take care of our family. We saved every single cent, because everything was very expensive and sa
alaries were just funny. They spent almost everything on food and lived paycheck to paycheck. Clothes were very expensive too. You couldn’t buy what ever you wanted. I had one pair of jeans, one coat, one pair of winter boots, which I had to make them last for at least 2 cold winters. Luckily my grandparents lived in the village and they had a farm, so we used to get a lot of support from them starting with milk, eggs, potatoes, pork, chicken, vegetables and more. Every single person dreamed of the USA. Life in Lithuania is getting better and better every day. If you have an education, you can definitely live a good life there and you don’t have to struggle any more.

I remember when I first landed to NY in 2001; I couldn’t believe what I saw. I could never imagine that there is such a place in the world. Everything was so different and so beautiful starting with cities, buildings, cars, people and so much more. I’ll never forget when I saw a black person for the first time; I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. I loved everything about him, especially the color. I was so je
ealous and I thought to myself: “lucky he, he doesn’t have to go tanning”. Everything about US impressed me, that’s when I knew that I wanted to live here. Later traveling from state to state I started noticing not only differences of these two counties, but also similarities.
The Unites States of America is in North America. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and lies between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska to the west of Canada and Hawaii in the Central Pacific Ocean became states in 1959. The area of USA is 9,826,630 sq. km. There are 50 US states and one district. Washington DC is the capital and NY is USA’s largest city. The climate of US is very various; it is tropical in the states of Florida and Hawaii with arctic conditions in Alaska. It is semiarid in the Great Plains, and arid in the Great Basin. Various parts of the US are prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and forest fires. The terrain of the US includes mountains, forests, grasslands, deserts, lakes, rivers and coastline. Mississippi is the USA’s longest river. The US has a very large central plain and is mountainous in the west an
nd east. The Grand Canyon, a gorge, created by the Colorado River, is one of the most spectacular sights in the US. The varied landscape and weather conditions produce many different types of flora. Animals include bears, moose, deer, raccoons, chipmunks and alligators. USA is the world’s third-largest country by size and by population. The population of the USA was estimated at 298,444,215 in 2006. The majority of the population is white. Around twelve and a half percent is black and the Native American makes up less than one per cent of the population. English is the official language. I came to the USA as an Au-pair and I use to get $140 a week. It sounds funny now, but then I couldn’t believe that you can earn that much money just taking care of kids. My salary was bigger then my both parents’ added together. I knew that I could by whatever I want, do whatever I want. I felt so free. I even helped my parents out a little bit by sending some money.

Life in Lithuania changed a lot since I left. My parents don’t struggle financially any more. I’m happy to have an opportunity to live in these countries. I can always come back to Lithuania to see my family, relax from this busy life and come back here. Even though my country is 150 times smaller than the USA, I can see a lot of similarities after living here for a while, not only the differences. I can’t tell which one I like better, because they both have their pluses and minuses and I love them both.

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