KTU student from Egypt loves “kibinai” and Lithuanian lifestyle

Important | 2023-08-28

“Lithuania is truly a great place to start your future, and if you have the right people around you – it is a gem,” says Lian Moussa, a 21-year-old girl from Egypt studying Renewable Energy Engineering at Kaunas University of Technology in an article published on Study in Lithuania.

While Lian was still living in Egypt, she remembers her dad talking a lot about how much he loved Lithuania and sharing his stories with the family. Moreover, when the time came to decide where Lian would be studying, her brother had already been looking and living in Lithuania for two years, which had a massive influence on her final decision.

Besides, Lian says that Lithuania was the only European country that offered her desired course at an affordable price.

From medicine to engineering

Lian has always wanted to study something that could help the world. One of her preferences for studies after high school was medicine, as she loved biology and thought that becoming a doctor was the only way she could contribute to the improvement of the world.

However, Lian soon understood that there is more than one way to help the world and decided to switch her desired major to the field of renewable energy. After the second year of her studies, Lian is looking forward to getting more in-depth knowledge of the field. She is hoping for the best in the upcoming semesters as she is immensely enjoying Lithuania as a country.

“I love it in Lithuania; it’s so therapeutic with all its beautiful nature and beautiful, kind people everywhere,” says Moussa.

One of the things Lian expected from Lithuania before arriving here was the cold, and she says she got to experience it for sure. Yet, something the student from Egypt did not expect was that, as she mostly noticed, many people do not enjoy the sun. It surprised her, as back home everyone loves the sun.

“Even though we look like a burnt chicken nugget after staying in the sun for too long, we still love it very much,” says Lian with a smile.

Nature, food and locals’ fitness regime characterises Lithuania best

Kaunas // Andrius Aleksandravicius photo, Lithuania.lt

Before Lian arrived in Lithuania, she had the expectation of Lithuanian people being more social. However, the majority of locals she met were rather shy and not talkative.

“As an Egyptian, I love to talk, make new friends, and meet people, so it really hurt me when I felt that not everyone here feels the same,” she says.

However, these experiences did not spoil Lian’s image of her new study country, as there are many aspects of Lithuania she finds incredibly fascinating. For example, for Lian, Lithuanian food is delicious, and she could have her favourite Lithuanian dish, kibinas, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The nature in Lithuania is also one of the things Lian adores. She finds it absolutely stunning, especially in spring when all the flowers start blossoming, and the weather feels exceptionally refreshing.

Also, Lian loves how people in Lithuania love to take care of themselves, their fitness goals, mental, and physical health.

“I will never get over being beaten during a run by an older lady, and her not even breaking a sweat,” says KTU Renewable Energy Engineering student from Egypt.