“To Lithuania – for start”. As a Belarusian communications officer he became an IT person and left for Vilnius.
October 25, 2017 at 8:00.
A year and a half ago Minsk citizen Alexander sat down on his new VW and left for Vilnius & mdash; live and work. The man took his wife and two children with him. & laquo; Lithuania & mdash; this is freedom! Although here I will not stay, but I will not return to Belarus & raquo ;, & mdash; he says. Alexander told AUTO.TUT.BY how he lives in the Lithuanian capital and drives a car with Belarusian numbers, why he is not stopped by the traffic police and why among Lithuanians an expensive car & mdash; Not an indicator of human well-being.
From communication engineers to programmers.
We met with Alexander in a small coffee shop of the shopping center “Acropolis & raquo; in Vilnius. The man on the move refused to be photographed, throwing jokingly: “I’m superstitious, I’m afraid that they’ll jinx my life’s successfully developing” & raquo ;.
Alexander is 33 years old, of whom he has been working in the IT sphere for only three years, one and a half of them & mdash; in a private Lithuanian firm. And the guy does not have a profile education, only the special secondary, after the college of communication, so he had to get his own skills independently.
& mdash; From 18 to almost 30 years I worked as a telecommunications engineer, but I was always drawn to system administration and the web. When I was about 30, I decided to change my occupation and become a programmer, & mdash; said Alexander.
At that time in life, Sasha had everything stable: earnings plus part-earnings brought no less than a thousand dollars in income, which was enough to keep the apartment, the old Citroen Xantia and to provide everyone with the necessary wife and a three-year-old daughter. In fact, many people would be completely satisfied with what was achieved and did not seek to change anything, but Alexander did otherwise.
& mdash; I bought a laptop and after work began to study another direction & mdash; web development. Of course, I had minimal knowledge, but not such as to settle into a serious firm.
For a year Alexander so & laquo; raced & raquo; himself, that he was hired to one of the leading Minsk IT companies. The beginner’s salary was only $ 600 & mdash; less than before, but the guy was not scared. Alexander worked in the new position for a little over a year, and then, feeling confident, decided to quit and find a new job, but not in Belarus.
& mdash; I know that many Belarusians dream of the IT profession, but they think that it is something out of the category of unfulfilled. Nothing of the kind: if there is a desire, then a person can achieve everything himself. If you give training three hours a day, then in a year you can get a job in an IT company.
For a while, Alexander worked for a Lithuanian company remotely, and then, on the recommendation of a friend, found a web developer in a company in Vilnius, which was ready to take him to the state.
& mdash; Vilnius approached me: close to home, besides there is no language barrier. Then I already had two children: my daughter & mdash; almost five years, my son just turned a year old, his wife on maternity leave. I did not want to leave my family, so I had to transport them to Lithuania.
Alexander began to pack his bags, when suddenly it was possible to replace the 17-year-old Citroen with a new car, but for this it was necessary to go to Russia.
& mdash; In 2016, when the ruble exchange rate ran in Russia, I thought: we should take advantage of the moment and buy a new car. In Moscow, I bought a Volkswagen Jetta, which now, in terms of dollars, costs more than 70 percent.
To Lithuania & mdash; for start.
On a new car with Belarusian numbers, Alexander went to Vilnius, where he rented a couple of dollars for almost 400 euros in a new house, where he later moved his family.
& mdash; I am very satisfied with my income in the new workplace. Money is enough to live a decent family of four people. We can allow ourselves more than in Belarus. At the same time, we have about the same expenses for food and clothing as in Minsk. More goes to the communal: in addition to paying for rent, another 80 euros & mdash; utility bills, in winter they are slightly larger.
To live in Vilnius Alexander likes, says that only there he felt himself a completely free person.
& mdash; But I’m not going to take root in Lithuania, although it was possible to take a mortgage for housing at a small percentage. In my plans & mdash; get more experience and move to a more prosperous country, at least to Germany.
This year, Alexander’s daughter went to the first class of the Vilnius school. Wife does not work & mdash; He looks after his son and is engaged in housekeeping.
& mdash; The wife and children had to travel by train from Lithuania to Belarus and vice versa: visa formalities must be observed. She does not drive a car, so she uses public transport.
But Alexander himself, who received the Lithuanian permanent residence, did not return to his homeland even once: the work did not let go.
& laquo; And for ten years the police do not stop the car & raquo;
In the Lithuanian capital, Alexander exploits his VW constantly, races about 50 km daily.
& mdash; For all time I was never stopped by traffic police! Yes, and police cars in Vilnius is not visible. Local motorists said that if you drive and do not violate the traffic rules, then you and ten years, no one on the road will not stop, except in the evenings on Friday and Saturday & mdash; raids are being held these days. After Belarus, for me it’s amazing: we have police at every step, and the traffic police stops drivers, even if they do not violate anything. I confess, it was very pressing on me in Minsk.
But to meet with the traffic police, Alexander once had to do it: a car crashed into his car and damaged the bumper.
& mdash; I have a & laquo; green card & raquo ;, bought in Lithuania. By the way, it costs much cheaper than the Belarusian: for foreign cars only 20 euros per month against the Belarusian for 30 euros for two weeks. I did not know how to behave in the event of an accident, and just in case called the police. The inspector did not even look at my rights, asked if there was insurance, and said to fill out the declaration & mdash; document such as the Belarusian Euro-protocol.
Repaired VW Alexander in the dealer center & mdash; his car is still under warranty. Replaced the bumper for a week, the insurance company it cost 1,500 euros, and no delay with payment has arisen.
& mdash; It is interesting that some services in the company car center are cheaper than, for example, in the city center. Take at least a sink: the dealer I have my car for 6 euros, and at the sink near the TC Ozas the same service will cost already 15 euros.
Alexander is already easy to navigate Vilnius junctions and roads.
& mdash; This at first glance they seem complicated. But a couple of times it’s worth to drive & mdash; and it becomes clear that everything is very reasonably and understandably done. I drive every day: I take my daughter to school, I go to work, shopping.
The Belarusian noted that the Lithuanian drivers are some kind of calm and courteous, not in their rules to cut and “learn” & raquo; neighbor on the strip.
& mdash; I do not know, maybe this is due to the fact that the car is in Belarusian numbers (everybody thinks that the visitor is and should be forgiven): drivers miss, even if I ignore ignorance from the wrong lane, no one hysterically signals. Even in a dense stream, it is possible to rebuild.
Expensive parking lots and large pits.
Noting the positive moments, Alexander stopped and on the negative: he is surprised by the state of Vilnius roads.
& mdash; Often I see big holes that need to go around. And do not repair them for several weeks. This can be seen only when you drive the same road all the time. Notice the deep and large pit & mdash; you go around. A week later you go to the same place & mdash; and the pit as it was, it remained. After Minsk, where the roads are being repaired more quickly, this cuts the eye very much.
Almost all roadside parking in Vilnius are paid. Parked cars in the courtyard of the apartment house freeloader can not & mdash; almost all entrances are closed there.
& mdash; And in Vilnius, almost all parking is paid, they are expensive & mdash; up to 2.5 euros per hour. Minsk is still coming to this, but this is the norm here. Even underground parking in residential buildings & mdash; paid, costs about 30 euros per month. But the resident of the house is guaranteed to find a place to park his car.
Alexander periodically drives a car-racing car or calls a car through the Uber (here he is one and a half times more expensive than Minsk).
& mdash; In some cases, these services are cheaper than going by car, and then paying for parking.
The cost of this Fiat from the card & mdash; 6 euro per hour.
& mdash; But I always calculate on what to go: if on the roads of the cork, then I prefer Uber. And if there are no traffic jams and the distance from point to point I will pass quickly, then I use the carding & mdash; it costs here from 6 to 8 euros per hour.
But the taxi & laquo; from the board & raquo; Alexander never takes: carriers greatly inflate prices.
& mdash; Meeting my wife at the railway station, I see all the same taxi drivers who offer to take to the airport for 10 euros, although this trip to Uber will cost 3 euros. Therefore, fellow countrymen planning to travel in Vilnius by taxi, I advise you to call the car by phone or through the application & mdash; then surely no one will deceive.
Some parking lots in Vilnius courtyards look like this. And just like in Minsk, & mdash; under the windshield phone number of the driver.
& laquo; Wife gets rights & mdash; buy her a car & raquo;
In the near future, Alexander’s wife plans to go on training courses for drivers of category B, after which her husband will buy her a new car.
& mdash; Of course, I do not know how she will get the rights, & mdash; It is more difficult to pass exams here than in Belarus. The requirements for testing future drivers are significantly different.
Alexander admitted that he himself had recently changed the Belarusian rights to the Lithuanian, which caused him to suffer a little.
& mdash; Here, when exchanging rights, you must also take the exam! I took the driving only at the third attempt! & mdash; laughs Sasha. & mdash; The first time the speed exceeded, the second time was traveling, on the contrary, too slow (here it is considered a violation for experienced drivers). And the third time I did everything right.
& mdash; Now we are looking at which brand and model to stop. I thought, maybe take an electric car & mdash; for their owners a lot of benefits: free parking and refueling, allowed to move along the lane for public transport. We also tested other cars, on internal combustion engines, as well as hybrid ones. But the question remains open.
Our hero said that the new car in Lithuania has long been surprising: almost any working person can afford a D-class car.
& mdash; The opportunity to buy cars from the salon of people here thanks to leasing from 1.5% per annum & mdash; you will not refrain from buying a normal car.
Therefore, in Vilnius, you can often see how an out-of-the-way car comes out of a person completely unpresentable appearance, in stretched exercises. It may well be that he works, for example, as a seller in a supermarket.