A Cheeky Bunch!

Trip Start Mar 14, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, March 15, 2010

As we only have two nights in Vilnius we decided for an early start. We headed out exploring the city with Stephen, a fellow Trans-Mongolian we had met in Prague.

Vilnius is more like a big town rather than a capital city. Even with its cobbled streets and Baroque churches Vilnius has an undeniable quirky streak to it.

We took a free walking tour to see the alternative side of the city. We were taken to the Republic of Uzupis an official, unofficial breakaway state, full of artists, dreamers, squatters and drunks in the old Jewish quarter of town.
Uzupis even has its own constitution, some of our favourite rights are :

Everyone has the right to die, but it is not an obligation.
Everyone has the right to be undistinguished and unknown
Everyone has the right to idle.
Sometimes everyone has the right to be unaware of his duties.
Everyone has the right to appreciate his unimportance.

Our guide was brilliant, exactly what we have come to expect of Lithuanians, open, friendly and funny. We ended the tour arranging to meet up that night at a bar.

That night with others from the tour, a couple of Couch Surfers and hosts, we all met at a bar were we drank all sorts of flavoured beers and tried Kepta Duona (fried bread sticks, oozing garlic), which with beer are just stupendously addictive.

By the end of the night it felt like we had been friends forever, but hey that's just how Lithianians are. That night we probably had one of the best nights of our trip.
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