Vilnius

Trip Start May 08, 2006
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Trip End Mar 07, 2007


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Monday, August 14, 2006

Helo.

Me and Ciaran took a morning bus to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. It was a 4 hour bus ride where I fell asleep and woke up at the end with a massive headache and feeling like i was going to throw up. I had to sit at the bus station for a good 20 minutes before I could go into town. I was certain i was going to throw up, but somehow didnt. Dont take headache tablets without eating anything!!

We found a cool hostel called the Filaretai Hostel in a part of town that is known as the Independent Republic of Uzupis. I didnt really understand how it all worked but there was lots of grafitti and drunks around. I watched 2 drunks point and pray to some statue and laugh for a while. I should have taken a picture.

The first day there was spent wandering around going to the Frank Zappa statue which wasnt worth a picture, and going to yet more churches and a KGB prison which was pretty cool. It had all these interrogation techniques like to put people on small stands surrounded by icy water so they couldnt sleep and stuff. There was also a padded room with a straight jacket, which freaked me out so much i couldnt take a photo of it. There was also a execution room down in the basement. Had some lunch a vegeterian resturant (Balti Drambilia), ate a pizza, then had dinner at another place called Uzupio Picerija, where i had another pizza. The next day for lunch I would proceed to eat yet another Pizza. Its so nice to eat food that doesnt contain the herb Dil. Dil has been in every food i have had from Russia throughout the baltic countries. Never again to i want to eat Dil or instant noodles or instant potato or russian beef or goluash.

The hostel we stayed at was pretty cool because it had a mad setup, with your own personal space and light and all that stuff, most just have one big massive light where you have to crawl around in the dark. Ciaran wasnt in the mood for food the first night so i made my own way back to the hostel. I walked 1 k up the wrong street passing by all these dodgy people. It wasnt a good feeling to be lost round midnight in some dodgy independent area.

The second day in Vilnius it rained and rained. We met up with a group of people from our hostel 4 Belgiums, who were heading to a castle in a town called Trakia. 2 spoke English, one spoke part english and the other just french. I being a naive australian didnt know that in belgium different areas spoke different languages. I thought they all spoke Belgiumese!! Some speak french, some danish, some german. Bizarre. Isabelle and David were the 2 main english speakers. Crazy people. The castle wasnt that great since it was only rebuilt a little while ago, but walking around in our stupid ponchos, mine the Professional one i bought in Beijing, which i found out in Lithuania, didnt fit, and the buttons all broke off. You will have to see the pic later.

The Belgiums were cool, they did picnic lunch time, and hot chocolate time. I thought this is great, i could get used to this. Sadly they were all going a different direction. I meant to take more pictures of Vilnius, but i didnt take much beacause the rain made it almost impossible and all the good pictures are on other peoples cameras :(

Left Vilnius, after making some new friends and left on an overnight bus to Warsaw Poland. Which is where i am now.

P.S

To the boys... I won my footy tipping match!!!!!! without even picking my team!!! Go Hardens Heroes!!!!
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