Scariest hostel ever and the Hill of Crosses

Trip Start May 07, 2006
Trip End Nov 10, 2006

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

So I got to the city of Siauliai ok, but it was too late for me to go to the Hill of Crosses, so I got a hostel just outside the city (this isn't even really a city). Its the cheapest hostel I have stayed in so far (15 Litas, which is about 5.5 US dollars). I had a room to myself which was cool, but the place was just freaky. The hostel lady was creepy and she spoke ten words of English (she could make a pretty good axe murderer). The place was old, the floors all creaked as did the doors, there was no toilet paper in the bathrooms, and everything was run down as hell. I literally saw 3 people the entire time I was at the hostel and none were travelers. At night I could hear doors opening and closing and people walking or running down the halls. It was also in this neighborhood that was a bit out there and a bit creepy. I seriously went to bed cuddling my flashlight and if I had a big knife, I would have definitely been spooning with that as well.

Anyway, I lived through the night. There isn't much in Siauliai, pretty much just the Hill of Crosses. Grabbed a bus that lets you off on the main road and then you walk 2km to the hill. It was pretty cool. Now they call it a hill, but its more like two humps of earth, but they are seriously littered in crosses of every kind and shape. There were huge ones covered in small ones. Really basic ones and really ornate ones. There were so many crosses that in certain spots there were literally waist high piles of crosses (it seriously looked like a they were garbage piles of just crosses). Anyway you can wander around the hill on little walk ways. I'm not religious, but during my 2km walk to the hill, I fashioned my own cross out of a stalk of wheat and some grass. I planted it in a nice spot away from the piles of crosses and said a few words wishing family and friends good luck and then took off.

Took a bus to Klaipedia, which is on the baltic sea (the west coast of Lithuania). From here I will take a 10 minute ferry to this long stretch of sand (I think the whole thing is 90km long, 50km belong to Lithuania) called the Curonian Spit. At the very end of the stretch that belongs to Lithuania is a town called Nida (about a 1 hour bus ride along the stretch of sand from the ferry). So the plan is to make it to Nida, chill out for a few days while checking out the Curonian Spit. Supposed to be nice beaches, dunes and pine forests.

Also met two really cool and cute Swiss girls, Eva and Regula. They are heading out to Nida tomorrow as well. It was cool chatting with them at the hostel, they were enjoying my strange Swiss-German accent (heavily americanized swiss-german) and laughing at it.
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