Panevezys, August 24, 2005 - Wednesday

Trip Start Aug 12, 2005
Trip End Aug 27, 2005

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Right after the breakfast in the "Ambassador" hotel I left Vilnius. At the very end I saw once more that black-haired girl who was just arriving at work around the time when I was leaving and that was all. I shall never know what - and if at all - was going on between us. The moment I got in the taxi, everything became history. I was now on my way to Rīga and that was my immediate future.
We had stop-overs on our way. And not only, as I had expected, on the border crossing, but also in Panevezys, the town which in terms of size takes the first next spot right after Siauliai. It was not for too long, though, and saying I was in Panevezys may almost be a lie. But to avoid really being a liar, I got off the bus when we stopped, just so I could set my foot on the soil of this town, which with its five hundred and few years was almost a youngster compared to the likes of Vilnius, Kaunas, Siauliai and other Lithuanian geezers. The city lies on the old plain of the Nevėžis river, and hence its name which literally means "along the Nevezys." Of course, we passengers had neither chance nor time to see the river, or anything of the town centre, for that matter. I knew there had once been a sizable Jewish community there, which was effectively wiped out during the German occupation and World War II. I also knew the Soviets had left their own mark, too, seeking to transform the city into a major industrial centre. They established several large-scale industrial companies and almost completely destroyed the old town, probably seeing it as redundant and obsolete. Only after a massive discontent of local people, total destruction of the old city centre was stopped. I don't know how much of it still remains today. I had no opportunity to check for myself.
I just took a few pictures around the bus terminal and then we moved on.
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