Blogging came naturally to June Molloy Vladicka, a keen reader since childhood. She started MyFoodOdyssey.com, to share food tips, photos and stories of her family’s travels, writes Denise O'Donoghue.
She and her husband have lived sustainably in Lithuania for the past five years.
“In 2013, I took voluntary redundancy from my job and embarked on a three-month tour of Europe in a camper van, ending in my husband’s home country of Lithuania,” she said.
“Having lived in Dublin since leaving school, I was eager to get back to country life and so we bought a small house in our village and set about restoring it. The house purchase and renovation were featured on an episode of House Hunters International.
“We live as self-sufficiently as possible, growing most of our own vegetables and keeping some animals.”
June’s lifestyle led to the birth of a blog and, later, the publication of two books.
“I have a launched two books off the back of the blog. The first is a short memoir and cookbook about Lithuanian food. It includes nine of the most popular traditional Lithuanian recipes. Each recipe is introduced with a short story about my own experiences with the dish.
“The second book is a novel for older children called ‘Guardian of Giria’. It was inspired by my love of wildlife and by the animals I see when I’m out taking photos.”
Thank you so much to all who came to the launch of Guardian of Giria! I had a wonderful afternoon. I hope you're all enjoying your books!May 28, 2018
“The idea for ‘Guardian of Giria’ came to me while I was out taking photos and spotted a fox and a deer running across a field together. I immediately began to relate their adventure to my husband, who played along, encouraging the story.
“Eventually, it grew so large in my head that I had to get it down on paper, and the book was born.”
June enjoys connecting with people from home online and sharing her experiences with others.
“Sharing my experiences and interacting with other people is especially important as an expat in a non-English speaking country. I get to show people what’s special about this country and what I’ve been up to, and I get to see how people back home or around the world have similar experiences.”
June feels more connected to the Irish blogging community than to Lithuanian bloggers.
“It’s important to me to maintain my ties with Ireland as I envisage that we will eventually move back to Ireland.
“It’s also very difficult for me to be part of any blogging community here in Lithuania due to my limited ability to speak the language. This makes me lean even more towards bloggers back home.”