Suderve, December 27, 2005 - Tuesday

Trip Start Dec 22, 2005
Trip End Jan 08, 2006

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

With every new day, winter increasingly tightened its grip. Today the temperature dropped to -6°C and it was all gradually turning into a winter that on my arrival I had been expecting with a healthy dose of apprehension. Which meant, grey and cold. And yet, Ruta and I decided to go for an excursion of Vilnius surroundings, regardless of weather. When you've had a good night's sleep and feel relatively rested, climate is not much of a reason to stay locked up.
On her suggestion we headed for Kernavė. But on our way there we first stopped over in a place going by the name of Sudervė. Sudervė is in fact a village located around fifteen kilometres away from Vilnius. It boasts the church of Holy Trinity and basically once there, you can't possibly miss it. They say that not far away from the village there is an open-air contemporary stone sculpture museum. I don't know whether Ruta and I would've gone on to visit museum if the weather had been different. Today, however, we were not in a mood for a detour on such a scale. We just settled for a charming and rather unique rotunda church at the edge of the village. This small neo-classicist Catholic sanctuary, from the beginning of the 19th century, is a small gem, indeed. It is true that we devoted a great deal of concentration to an effort not to slip and possibly end up with some broken limb. On a temperature plummeting this low, trodden snow had frozen solid and every path was a potential hazard. And where in a village like Sudervė would it be trodden if not around the church and towards the cemetery right next to it?
But we got away without any accidents. We were just being careful and everything went fine. In the quiet of Lithuanian forest, the noisiest thing were our steps crunching dry snow or trodden ice. Even the sound of our voices was muffled. We circled around the church, which, naturally, couldn't be entered on Tuesday afternoon. Also, we walked around the cemetery and Ruta made no secret of her desire to see fewer Polish and more Lithuanian names on gravestones. As everywhere in Lithuania, for that matter. But you just couldn't change history.
In front of the church there was a yard with a coloured statue of Holy Mother. And as far as we were concerned, that was it. As Sudervė went, of course. It was now time to sit back in the car and warm ourselves up a bit.
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