Vilnius, the 'G-spot' of Europe

About six months ago I made my first Lithuanian friend. If you ask him, back then I didn't even know where this country is (to be honest, I knew it's one of those by Baltic, but I was never sure, which is which).
Somehow after that, more and more Lithuanians kept coming in my life and I realised not just that I like them a lot, but also that they mostly have an amazing sence of humor; or sarcasm, to be more precise.


After great times spent together and learning of my first Lithuanian words - ''Rižev trapučiai'' (yes, everyone agreed that's so very random, but at least, in the worst case scenario, I won't be hungry, right), it was time to properly test my own sarcasm skills and to finally see where all this awesome people are coming from.
Abandoned church that served as fruit storage
during Soviet times

Luckily I did not start this journey alone, but rather with another adventurous guy. Once we realised how close to city center the airport is and since we still have the whole day, that we can just take a slow long walk to get there. Until better idea crossed our minds: why walk, when we can hitchhike! As we were just sharing our stories about this before, we made ourselves two nice signs, pointing to our destination, and in less then 30 seconds, somebody picked us up and even gave us a little tour, before leaving us in center in front of majestic Gothic church of st. Anne.
Town hall square with town hall in the background

Adventure continued by hiking both most central high grounds, the hill of tree crosses and the central hill of upper castle with Gediminas' Tower; of course with all the luggage. Luckily my suitcase is a very small one, but still carrying it up all those stairs made me feel like a highly equipped person with a special equipment. The views were totally worth it. You could see that Vilnius is not very wide and very tall, but certainly very green city.
Most of the old town is an eye candy in my opinion anyway.

Literature street with artworks representing different literature workers





Perhaps the most memorable part of Vilnius is this creative district or more a self proclaimed republic on "the other side of the river", that turned from a street art corner of free expression to one of the most posh districts. Still, especially the area next to the river offers inspiring presentations of the artistic community. 
From numerous functioning and dysfunctional pianos, to unique murals and more interactive art pieces, every corner turns into a place to remember.
Besides it's own flag, currency, anthem, president, cabinet of ministers, and army of bit more than 10 men, Užupis also has it's own constitution, publicly displayed on street in different languages, with rules such as ''Everyone has right to be unique'' and ''to love'' or ''A cat is not obligated to love its owner''.

If preferring staying indoors, one of the places to visit is a money museum, right next to the main street. With it's free entry and many interactive spots it will take you to a journey trough not just Lithuanian, but also money of the European union. 
World record pyramid made of 1 million cents
And if you were ever eager to find out how much you'd be worth made of silver, platinum or gold, you can find it out right there.


As a lover of old spy movies, this made it to the list of must sees for me. From showcases with different parts of Lithuanian history during the Soviet union, to recruitment processes, probably the most interesting part are the original prison rooms located in the basement and backyard (and me almost getting locked in the execution room).




As lately more and more people in my life, from my brother to some of my closest friends, seem to involve in some political activity, I could certainly not avoid in some way becoming part of it as well. So there came the day when my amazing ''buddy'' took me with her to Lithuanian government. While she was sitting at the round table of ministers, I was observing the whole process from the seat of 'one of the most important people'. 
As presentations and closing ceremony were over, we were all given some nice pieces of cake, and more, a chance to sit by the desk of Lithuanian prime minister. The feeling of importance of looking over the room from that chair was certainly overwhelming, but the high state visit wasn't complete until my buddy challenged me to sing Vitas' Opera #2 into one of the (very functioning) microphones.



Main staircase of National Library of Lithuania

   

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