Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Transitions 6

Going to the movies is one way we can find entertainment. Just recently (about 2 years ago) a theater was built inside the large mall called,"Akropolis". The theater is called "Cinnamon". It has 6 screens but they are pretty small theatres compared to the large ones we have come to expect from our megaplexes in California. Movies come out here a few weeks to a few months after they are released in the States. All English made movies are viewed in English with Lithuanian subtitles (unless they are animated). It is a good way to watch and read Lithuanian at the same time to see how they are translating the phrases we often hear. Half the time we feel like we need to take in a pen and notebook paper to take notes while watching:)

The seating is assigned, so you get your ticket and look for your seat assignment, like "G6" or something, then begin hunting. One thing we have noticed about this is that no matter how little the theater is filled you will see all the people clumped into the middle of the theater without an open seat between them. It is rather outside of our comfort zone to be smashed in like sardines when it is not necessary, so we often will move to another row and stretch out. I need a seat for my bag you know:) Lithuanians don't seem to crave the same amount of personal space that we have become accustom to and practically demand and feel we deserve:)

Because the theater is located inside a mall they are not as hyper about you bringing in bags with you and we have not noticed any bans on outside food. But the menu items they have to offer are not entirely unreasonably priced. The fun items you find at the snack bar (and the same place where you purchase your theater ticket) are nachos with cheese sauce(as close as you get to Mexican food in this country), traditional movie theater popcorn, candy bars, soda and of course beer. Yep, you read right, beer! What would a movie be without a beer to enjoy it with:)


Anonymous said...

Dear Gillilands: very interesting movie adventure, hope the movie itself was worth seeing. Yep, in the States do things different, it would take me a long time to adjust living outside the good old U.S.A.

Bethany said...

I'm not sure if you remember me but I'm one of your old students, Bethany Grigsby, who grew up in Chile as an MK.

I hope that your family is doing well and that you, your wife, and kids and are adjusting back to life in Lithuania! I am sure that God is using you in the lives of others just as he did at APU.

I did L.A. Term this past spring and it was AMAZING. I also just got back from spending seven weeks in Argentina, in which I was mostly hanging out with some awesome kids and teachers at two rural community schools. I'm back in Chile for the summer (er, South American WINTER) with my parents, who are actually going to move back to the States in December, so that the family can be together again. Oh...and when I get back to school, I'm declaring a minor in sociology, which I'm pretty stoked about =).

Sophi, I don't know you but I think you're the one that writes more of these blogs...and I just want to let you know that some of the entries I read through tonight were really a challenge and encouragement to me. Thanks for your honest words and vulnerability.

Much love,