Ill be heading towards Vilnius. Its an early one this time. I decided to take the train to Suwalki (a town very close to Lietuva borders) there were no highways in between Vilnius and Warszawa, for some reason I was not in the mood to try hitchhiking it. Also the train is unimaginable cheap so my laziness be like Fuck dat Shit. Train it!!! the train left at 07:20 and would arrive at Suwalki around 12:45, this train trip cost me 15 euroez.
The trip was amazing. I felt allot of emotions when the train left, the people in Warszawa were so kind to me. Slawek, Pio n Asia were such beautiful Spirits. leaving home was easier then leaving Warszawa. The first half an hour of the train trip i had a big smile on my face while leaving some tears of joy, it was a good thing. This emotion i didn’t feel in a long while. I was able to give them a place. this felt really good. After watching the train leave Warszawa, and seeing the area around, I slept for a bit. I was very tired of all the stuff that happened in the past vew days. After sleeping for about an hour, I was again amazed by the beauty of Poland. I crossed farmland, creeks, Rivers, Forrest, Hills, more forests. little villages, Forrest and eventually we got to Suwalki. (back then i wasn’t thinking about bloggzzin. so i didn’t picture it hopefully you will someday train/drive that part of Poland. its really amazing!)
Arriving at Suwalki was different then usual, to explain: Usually i know what road I am hitchhiking and where I Am going. Same when leaving Berlin I knew where I started hitching and where i was going. Due to no map of Suwalki, I tried the map at the bus stop, but I could not figure out what street I should go to and where to walk to cuz it had only bus stops, not much info about streets them self. Basically i oriented on north and started walking north. Of course this was not exactly going to the road I imagined ending up at, so at the nearest bus stop I tried to communicate with the locals.
In Warszawa locals speak English. Here in this little village they did not… eventually I met a hippie who spoke very lil English. He pointed out the way the bus would drive, told me what bus number to take to get to the road I needed to hitchhike north, told me how much bus stops i should wait before leaving it. and as usual, he bought me a ticket (i had polish money but he insisted buying the ticket for me)
Finally arriving at the right road to head north (about 6 bus stops later) i walked to the local market, got myself some Cardboard to write a new shield and started walking the road north. At a gasz station with a lil bank i changed my polish money to litas (which was around 10 euros. that got me 30 litas). then I started thumbing again.
I guess i waited for about 20 minutes when 2 sisters stopped Ugne (Fire) and Goedre. They didn’t cross the border but they were kind enough to drop me off at a gas station right before the border. It was a 15 min drive through amazing scenery. Ugne was a ballet dancer, I can remember this because my mother used to do the same. but i cant recall what Goedre was studying.
At the gas station i had to wait a bit longer. But eventually some Lithuanian dude who came from Poland going back home at the coast of Lietuva stopped and offered me a ride to Kaunas.
As usual My game plan when someone brings me over the border. I asked him to teach me Lithuanian after a short introduction of course. Lithuanian language is weird, they don’t have W or X. and their alphabet has 2x C n E n Z stuff like that they use ‘ on top of them to make them longer/different. My mind was all into Polish, this change was hard for me at first. but after a while i got really used to it.
we had a chat about Lietuva wildlife and wild foodzies that grow in the Forrest, he told me about the different laws about Lietuva, for example: its normal here to walk next to the road, and you can camp outside as long as it is not a protected nature area. We spend allot of time on the language and the pronunciation. Kaunas was a 2 hour drive ETA, he wanted to drop me off at a bus stop. It is very common here to hitchhike from the bus stop, he told me that would be my best chance rather then the Gasz stations. We couldn’t find the bus stop he wanted to drop me off, so he dropped me at a gasz station anyway.
There I was. For the first time solo in Lietuva. My game was the same as usual, I parked my pack with shield, this time it said Vilnius and started talking to peepz who came out of the shop. Labas Vakaras, do you speak English ? heading to Vilnius maybe? I don’t know if it was because its Friday, but my first impression of the Lithuanian locals was not so well. They were kind-ish, but also very distant. besides that. no one went to Vilnius. They all either went inside Kaunas or the usual excuses “ill take the next exit” after a while some dude who didn’t speak English very well tried to explain me there was a bus stop not so far from the gas station. He be like: go through Forrest, lil town n then bus stop. I figured I should try the bus stop, the gasz station didn’t bring me much luck so far. So I bought a hot dog and went scouting for the bus stop.
It was really close and seemed perfect. The highway was a 3 lane road and it had a merging lane which came from the gasz station. Now I had more chance finding a ride cuz i had the cars from the gas station and also the cars driving the highway, at least that’s what i thought. After a while some car stopped at the bus stop. I ran as fast as i could to the car, grabbed my pack from the grass on my way n ran a bit more. when i got to the car and opened the door. the lady was like:
I’m very sorry but i just had to stop to make a phone call. I’m not going to Vilnius, I’m sorry. I laughed and be like: dang you gotta be kidding (i didn’t actually said this) It really looked like she stopped for me. Maybe she changed her mind.
I kept trying, but no luck.
I think I stood there for about 3 hours. people smiled, waved, did weird sign language from their car. I think most of them took the next exit or went to Kaunas instead of Vilnius or had full cars. and they tried to explain this by sign language. this was much different then in Poland. where they did this less. i started to understand why Lietuva is supposed to be Hitchhiking Country. people are more used to it here.
Then I noticed some other dude starting to thumb in front of me. I was like. dafuq dude. you gonna try at the same spot as i am? in front of me. whuuuuuttt? not much later he walked to me, he was from Belarus. Didn’t speak English. I tried to tell him i stood there for about 3 hours. and had no luck at all. but he didn’t seem to understand.
Sun almost set, mentally I prepared to pitch my tent somewhere next to the highway and was scanning the area for a nice spot. while still waving my sign to the cars passing by on the highway. But with this crazy Belarussian there I figured it wouldn’t work today.
I decided to try one last time at the gasz station until sundown. If I couldn’t find a ride. I would find a place to pitch my tent.
Back at the gasz station I did my best to talk proper Lithuanian and put all my charm in it.
The first dude n lady I approached spoke very well English. At first they were like, whaha dude, we are indeed going to Vilnius but we cant take you our car is to small. I of course didn’t feel like sleeping next to the highway so didn’t take no for an answer Besides these were the first peepz going to Vilnius ever since I got there. So I be like: No problem I can take my pack on my lap, I’m a skinny dude. it’s all cool, I don’t mind. You know, I just gotta get to Vilnius tonight!!! eventually the dude, his lady friend and their friend fell for my charm and changed their mind. They let me join them in there rather small fancy sportscar. They were right. it was really small. I couldn’t sit straight. I’m a rather long dude compared to the peepz here, but it was comfy enough.
The chat was similar to the last dude i drove with. We spoke about the laws in Lietuva, they thought me more about Lithuanian language pronunciation and the alphabet, also the lady went to Holland for a bit for school. they knew some dutch words like Klootzak, I really liked them and i felt like they liked me. They told me some classic Lithuanian foods I should try. the sun set right before i joined them in the car. at first they would drop me of at the edge of Vilnius. but after getting to know me, they decided to drop of their friend first. and help me out a bit.
Via Bas(izreal) I found some hostels because I didn’t have a place to sleep that night. They were kind enough to call them and reserve a bed for me. They warned me walking alone at night close to the central train station wasn’t such a good idea. I figured ill manage. But they insisted on bringing me to the hostel and hop by a bank first so i could get some more money. Eventually they showed me the old town of Vilnius, the train station. and dropped me right in front of the Hostel they called for me which had exactly 1 bed left.
This was a very big relieve. I had in mind sleeping in a park or at the edge of the city in my fellow tentzel. But they really didn’t like that idea. They didn’t think it was save enough. I forgot their names :( I’m so bad with names, but i gave them my email. hopefully they will mail me. so i can tell them I started blogginz and Thank them one more time for there help. Thank you guys! you were very helpful. very kind. Without you. I would have slept next to the highway at Kaunas. With all this talk about gypsies, crazy junkies n pickpockets around the Central station at late hours I got a little scary first impression of Vilnius. But well. It was Friday night, I decided to scout a bit and find myself some food. I was so hungry, all I ate was a hotdog in between Suwalki and now (around 23:)
My first Impression of Vilnius was very nice, It was so lovely. allot of colors, much “sfeer” I didn’t notice anything of all the crazy peepz. This was probably cuz I was at the old town, and not wandering around the central station with my huge backpack. I found some Burger place and got myself something similar to a Mac Chicken. I didn’t feel like partying, so after eating something. I went to the hostel and took a good night sleep. This was my first night in a Hostel evah! It was comfy compared to my tent and i had nice peepz in my room. still i feel like hostels are not exactly my kinda thing.
Tomorrow ill tell you all about the Awesome day i had in Vilnius.!
you can check it Here.