Vilnius, Lithuania

2015-07-23 14.46.38
The owner of this restaurant made the background of every menu page a self-portrait. As ridiculous as it is, it’s definitely memorable for all the guests.
Fried bread is like french fries, except ten times better and fattier. It has plenty of garlic and then gets dipped in a creamy cheese sauce.
Fried bread is like french fries, except ten times better and fattier. It has plenty of garlic and then gets dipped in a creamy cheese sauce.
After being declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, buildings in the old town of Vilnius (including my hostel) were no longer allowed to modify anything, including doorways to the building.
After being declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, buildings in the old town of Vilnius (including my hostel) were no longer allowed to modify anything, including doorways to the building.
The basement of the former KGB museum was made up of jail cells for the political prisoners. Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn all had similar buildings that have been converted into museums showing what happened in those days. With the Russian threat very real for these countries, it also feels like a political move to warn people of what Russia did.
The basement of the former KGB museum was made up of jail cells for the political prisoners. Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn all had similar buildings that have been converted into museums showing what happened in those days. With the Russian threat very real for these countries, it also feels like a political move to warn people of what Russia did.
Many buildings look like this, which the locals would affectionately describe as
Many buildings look like this, which the locals would affectionately describe as “soviet-era”.
The Bernadine Park is a beautiful green space in the city--so much so that it was being used by at least 8 weddings during the time I was walking through.
The Bernadine Park is a beautiful green space in the city–so much so that it was being used by at least 8 weddings during the time I was walking through.
The city comically built 4 skyscrapers, which are partially surrounded by dilapidated 2-story houses. Virtually no other building in the city is greater than 4 stories.
The city comically built 4 skyscrapers, which are partially surrounded by dilapidated 2-story houses. Virtually no other building in the city is greater than 4 stories.
White Park is an awesome open area on the north end of the city. On the other side of the bridge I'm standing on are a skate park and basketball/volleyball courts, which are very popular among locals.
White Park is an awesome open area on the north end of the city. On the other side of the bridge I’m standing on are a skate park and basketball/volleyball courts, which are very popular among locals.
The city proudly posted this picture after President Bush's visit in 2002--only to realize afterwards that he had been delivering the same speech in every other country that had joined NATO that year.
The city proudly posted this picture after President Bush’s visit in 2002–only to realize afterwards that he had been delivering the same speech in every other country that was in the process of joining NATO.
The Republic of Užupis is a neighborhood largely made up of artists in the old town that in 2014 unilaterally declared itself an independent state. Here is its constitution, largely written by the drunk residents at a bar.
The Republic of Užupis is a neighborhood largely made up of artists in the old town that in 2014 unilaterally declared itself an independent state. Here is its constitution, largely written by the drunk residents at a bar.
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