It is a sunny day in Vilnius. I somewhat surprisingly woke up in the capital of Lithuania, one of those places I’ve always been curious to discover with my own eyes.

Vilnius has a lot of churches, cathedrals and ruins. It feels like I’ve explored them all today. The white tower of Kathedrale Sankt Stanislaus with the impressive sarcophagus of Saint Casimir. Walked through the darkness of the Gate of Dawn to gaze upon the miracle painting in the chapel above. Tried to count the red bricks of St Anne’s Church. Climbed up to Gediminas Tower on for an awesome view. Walked along the old crumbling city wall. Found the hidden statue of Frank Zappa.

Cathedral square The cathedral square features a tall belfry, the only remains of the old wall.

Having all that out of the way, I could focus on the bizarre stuff. A strange but fun discovery was the Republic of Užupis, a self-proclaimed independent state residing inside Vilnius, which reminded me of Christiania in Copenhagen. I found the golden angel who watches over them all.

Some places in Užupis were a bit dodgy to be exploring alone, but there are some advantages to being taller than Godzilla.

Užupio Republika Entering the republic of Užupis.

14 kilometers later, after all this culture and holiness, it ain’t exactly a long shot that I soon will land my buttocks somewhere for a piece of hearty food. Just don’t serve any more Zeppelins, that traditional Lithuanian dish was not really my favorite.

However, I once heard someone say, “Don’t tell me what you ate, tell me who you ate it with”, which rings true. But I’m eating alone, so I guess that says something about my journey.

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