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Cluj Adventures!

That night I slept wonderful, not that i’m a bad sleeper or anything. But probably the combination of Țuică and being aware that I have almost arrived at my next project made it just wonderful. That morning I was fed with an amazing omelette, full of veggies, spinach, eggs and I have no idea what else was in that crazy omelette. I just remember it was amazing! with our bellies filled my garlic and silver bullets ready we started walking Cluj, check out whats the deal in this city. It started quite crowded, with lots of older people in the district Ioana was living. but after a short walk we came to a more silent nature like environment and a river flowing through Cluj. Near the river was a “Dutch” wooden shoe and a English phone booth, Both supposedly gifts due to the great co-operation between these countries and Cluj.

Our first Quest was to climb the nearest “mountain” to get a nice view of Cluj. Besides the stories goes that a dragon has made his lair there. I was fully prepared for an Vampire attack, but I didn’t really expected dragons to roam the Romanian landscape. Full with excitement I followed my guide her footsteps onward to the mountain! Between us and the mountain was a football stadium of the local club, it seems many trees died in the creation of this stadium. afterwards we just had to cross a park full of crazy old trees. But then it started, the climb! And adventurous it was! we encountered some wild humanoids, considering it was still day probably not Vampires, there were holes reaching to the earths core, definitely not something you would want to fall in. We passed some crazy sand/clay rocks and eventually made it to the dragons lair.  The dragon was no present at the moment, I was hoping to steal an egg to grow my own Pet dragon, Sadly there were no eggs either.

With the view of Cluj and knowing where what was, we went down and wandered the streets some more. The first thing I noticed when walking in the center of Cluj was the Students, Like seriously! Students everywhere, no 30+ person to be found. unlike the district we came from. besides all the students there were a lot of construction workers working the streets.Anyway there are 3 statues of Awesome Romanian kings (I believe they were kings) that we visited, basically every statue represents one of the Awesome kings of the old kingdom (Transylvania, Moldavia and Southern Romania) Sadly my memories is failing me bad on this history lesson, What I remember is that the most Awesome one wanted to combined all 3 regions to one big kingdom, As expected he got assassinated. One of them was somewhat racist and didn’t approve of foreigners that much. The details of the third one have gone to oblivion. We walked some more, found some Roman ruins. I was told that the whole city of Cluj is build upon Roman ruins, they tried building underground garages etc. but when they found out its full or ruins they realized it wouldn’t be such a good idea. We visited the gothic church of Saint George (the dragon slayer) and found a statue of him actually slaying a dragon. Obviously implying dragons are real!

Dragons!

Dragons!

There is also quite some graffiti going on in Cluj, Mostly tags but some pretty cool stencils too. One of the coolest was of course hypnotoad. But actually most of them were quite meaningful with an actual message, for example the Pontaur one, to explain: the prime minister of RO is named Ponta, and hes a gold digger. Basically he wanted to take down a mountain supposedly full of gold (Rosia montana) but the Romanian people protested like mad! as in seriously, the whole country was going into the streets for days, and keeping it up once a week after that for some time. And they did it! the mountain still lives and the people living there happily ever after! the fight still goes on though (FYI, they also protested against fracking heavily and scared the fracking company out of their country) the reason this stencil is so awesome in my opinion is because Taur means bull, and Aur means gold. this wordjoke combined with the dudes face sprayed in gold with horns explains it al!! the stencils were also part of the protest. Say what you want about Romania. At least the people have the guts to open their mouths and show when they don’t agree with the Government!

Pontaur Stencil

Pontaur Stencil

After checking the statues, learning everything about the stencils eating some Romanian cakes and getting crazy due to all the shit loads of students walking around we decided to check out Cluj Botanical Garden! The weather was perfect for this and the Botanical garden was pretty cool. They had quite the species in the greenhouses, from amazon plants to palms and everything crazy! I never realized bananas actually grow towards the sun :)) we spend quite some hours walking and chillin in the Botanical Garden. They also have one casualty of the Stadium laying there as a memorial of the slaughter that went on there back in the days. A Willow tree with a diameter bigger then I am! when the garden was about to close we headed home. That night I though Ioana and her roomates Shithead! hell yeah!!

No Vampire or Dragons were harmed that day!

 

 

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4 Days in Budapest

The couple I was Couchsurfing were named Marcus and Anita, they were quite busy at the time I stayed there, nonetheless they did everything in their power to make my experience of Budapest the best of the best. Thursday morning we had breakfast and discussed where I should go and what I should definitely see. Because there were living quite central everything was nearby and easy to reach by foot, they had to get going, so we decided to meet up for dinner later that day. With my to do-list I started wandering the city. First stop, Citadella!

The Citadella was located on a “mountain” next to the Donau, the walk was short but nice. I really took my time scouting this “mountain” the flowers and plants were starting to bloom and everything smelled so nice. I enjoyed the panorama of the city which was just lovely and climbed all the little stairs and paths I could find. On top of the “mountain”  was a huge statue of someone or something, honestly I never really got that much information about this statue, it looked quite cool though. slowly I started going down, for I had to follow the Donau north, towards a nice coffee shop and the oldest street of Budapest. On my way down I noticed that there were shit loads of maple trees growing here, sadly not the Sugar Maple which gives you Maple Syrup but regular Hungarian maple. I also made a lizard friend and chilled out with him for a bit.

Reaching the bottom I headed north into the castle which was located nearby. The castle is a museum these days but there are many parts you can walk without having to pay, which was exactly what I did, getting through the castle and walking the Donau I could see the Parlament, a fancy building indeed. Its been a few hours walking though and I felt like taking a little break. I headed to the recommended coffee shop, the reason this coffee shop was so awesome was not only because the original owner was still making the classic coffee but also because it was on the edge of two districts, a poor district and a more upper class district. I enjoyed some hot chocolate and started checking out the people. As Marcus told me, there were quite some different people walking in this area, from homeless, to hipsters, to just your ordinary dude to fancy buisznesz men with suitcases. Very amusing. When I felt like walking again I bought an ice cream (ow so delicious ice cream) and checked the oldest street in Budapest, not so special, but mainly very old! at this point I was very near to Margaret Island which is an small island in the Donau where every Budapestrian goes in the weekend when the sun shines, basically I went there to check it out and took a very nice nap under a maple tree.

Walking back to my couch to meet up with Anita and Marcus I took the opposite side of the river, passed the parlament and some more districts. Budapest is clearly divided in districts. I was staying in the most touristic part of town which was very obvious, around the “mountain” was your ordinary district, north of that a bit more upper class. Walking south on the opposite of the Donau I walked through the bankers district, full of fancy buildings, expensive cars, suitcase people, and lots of police just guarding buildings and even road crossings. I had to take a pee like crazy, but there was no bathroom to be found, not even a simple cafe or supermarket, it was just fancy buildings and banks and more fancy shit. I manged to get out of this horrible district and enjoyed my long awaited pee in a sushi restaurant!

That evening we went into the Hipster district to get some dinner at Frici Papa, which is a traditional Hungarian restaurant with nice prices. I felt like eating some meat and they recommended me the Gypsy dish, which basically involved fried potatoes with a bunch of meat thrown upon said fried potatoes and some sauce, It looked horrible. but was extremely delicious! Meanwhile having dinner, I threw all my charms at Marcus, for I really wanted to eat some desert, sadly Anita didn’t. I managed to seduce Marcus into sharing one with me! after dinner we met up with some other Hungarians and spend the evening tasting different beers and wines.

Friday

That morning talking to Marcus we decided I should check out the southern parts of the city which had the Gypsy district and the poorest district of Budapest, he recommended me some places to get lunch and some parks to check out. Anita and Marcus were very busy this day and not able to join me for dinner. I started wandering the southern part of Budapest, first stop Gypsy district! this district was weird to walk through, I had some trouble with Gypsies in Lithuania, nothing really bad happened back then but still I entered this district with some nervous thoughts. The houses were actually in very good shape and looked nice, but as expected it was full of Gypsies, maybe not on every corner but definitely encountered a few groups of obvious gypsy woman just chilling. Luckily they just minded their own business so after a while the nervous stereotype thoughts faded and I could comfortably walk this area. I was to pussy to make pictures of them though so you’ll have to visualize it by yourself.

After Gypsy district I went to scout the poorest district of Budapest which was very obvious, the buildings looked like crap, there were lots of homeless or poor looking people wandering the streets and in the parks just people chilling with their dogs and probably all their possessions. Somewhat weird though was that the metro entrances in this district were very fancy and nice looking and every one in a while you would encounter a Lidl in a building more maintained then I had ever seen. I didn’t stay long in both these districts It was cool to see but didn’t feel like hanging out there, so I headed back to check out some places up north I wasn’t able to find on Thursday

Due to my hosts inability to join me for the evening I met up with another CSer for I didn’t feel like wandering the streets alone that evening. Eva took me for dinner at another Hungarian restaurant. the restaurant looked cool and wasn’t to expensive. When checking the menu I noticed Dumplings, Again hoping for something similar like Lithuanian dumplings I ended up with a plate full of noodles, veggies and a chicken leg. So to make everything clear,
Dumplings in LT: Meat in dough fried or cooked,
Dumplings in CZ: Breadlike substance cooked,
Dumplings in H: Noodles :)))
Anyway the food was delicious! and Eva was a really interesting lady to get to know, to put her in a boxy nutshell, A Catholic Materialist working as a manger for a Television company, quite the combination if you ask me. But she has a very open mind to everything, and doesn’t necessary approve of all the “rules” her religion “forces” upon her, making her in my opinion a very awesome modern religious person. Talking to Eva was just amazing, we only knew each other for one hour but due to us both being very Open, we just spitted everything out, made shit loads of jokes and found the common line. No hard feelings, The laughter that evening was high. Especially when she started translating traditional Hungarian fairy tales but remixing then so that the princess who was sneaking out of the castle would walk through the diamond forest to a Dubstep party to get shitfaced and hook up with some handsome princes. I almost shit, peed and farted my pants, burped and spit the food I was currently consuming at once.

After dinner we walked for a some hours, chatting about anything you can possibly imagine, then she showed me Heroes square and told the story of each worthy dude who had influence on the history of Hungary and Budapest, the remade castle of one of the crazy dudes. In the garden of said crazy dude was a statue of a unknown writer, The story goes that if you touch the tip of his pencil you would get blessed, I think Anonymous is a pretty cool guy, so I touch his shiny pointy thing and got myself blessed by Anon. Row Row Fight Da Powah!

Y so Touristious?

Y so Touristious?

 

Saturday

Anita and Marcus invited me to come visit their project they have been so busy with the past few days and volunteering at. basically it was a special weekend where special buildings and places would be opened up for public so you could check it out. They were working at an regular flat, but its a very old flat with some very old inhabitants, they had this little Quest to find the pictures on the paper and answer all the questions by talking to the inhabitants of the flat. This really amused me and I believe I found them all! after I done my quest I visited some other places, who sadly were not so interesting as this house they were volunteering at.

Anita studies Psychology and languages and speaks quite some languages like Hungarian, English, Russian, Polish, Spanish and shes learning Icelandic. Marcus is a music producer. He creates music and beats on his computer, or mixes and samples songs. Then together with an actual instrument like a trumpet or a violin he preforms in bars and cafes, the stuff he does is very awesome. Saturday night he was playing and I had the honor to see his work in action. Sadly it wasn’t that crowded that evening, but I really enjoyed them playing and he got some money out of it. Nothing to complain illd say! Later on Anita joined us and we rode the bike back home. I really enjoyed the short 10 minutes ride, for I love riding the bike, especially in countries and cities I never biked before!

Sunday

Anita and Marcus had another very busy day but Hitchhiking on a Sunday is not the best thing to do for there is not so much traffic. I had a great time with Anita and Marcus but decided to spend the Sunday with Eva, for she was free and wanted to hang out. She was also able to offer me her couch for one night so I could leave the house with her on Monday early morning, Onward to Romania. We walked in her district, bought some very delicious Hungarian cakes and cookies, ate them in a park, We sat in silence and became aware of our surroundings, climbing some mountains and had some very interesting conversations about the ego, the mind and daily live. That evening she cooked me Delicious oven breads.

Crazy Eva + Delicious Oven Bread and her 2 smartphones

Crazy Eva + Delicious Oven Bread and her 2 Smartphones

My time in Budapest was amazing, and this only because Anita, Marcus and Eva are such awesome people, showing me everything I needed to see, and let me experience proper Hungarian cuisine. They were also  interested in my story and have quite the story themselves. I will return to Budapest sooner or later, maybe not for the city itself, but definitely to meet up again with newly made friends!

 

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Praha Adventures

When I got dropped of in the Center of the Center of Praha I started with a little walk towards the old town. One of the first things I noticed about Praha is the amazing architecture, it is really a very beautiful city! What I didn’t expect really was the fact that besides it beauty it is also very touristic, I almost felt like walking through Amsterdam, with a overpriced souvenir shop every few hundred meters, tour people, Tourists of course and exchange offices trying to suck you into exchanging at their place. But also very nice street musicians and pretty cool places to eat, like random stalls or cool looking restaurants. I was looking for a park to chill out, for I had to contact my CS hosts to let them know I arrived in Praha and see if they were able to host me.

After a short walk I reached the main square of the old town. I was quite amazed, for I had seen some videa of two dudes, one playing drum and the other piano covering popular electronic songs. Exactly the same dudes were playing that afternoon when I arrived at the square! you can check out a videa >Here< I enjoyed their jammin for some time when I just chose a random bench to sit and contacted my Hosts. Sadly one of them could not host me due to circumstances but replied very fast, the other one didn’t reply at all. It was not exactly a disappointment, but definitely to bad that I had no locals to hang out with and show me the real underground shizznit of da city. Anyway I found a very awesome hostel, dropped my pack and started wandering the streets of Praha.

Around dinner time I got da hungriez, So I started searching for what to eat, obviously I had to eat something Czech and drink their beers, I asked the lady at the hostel what she recommended and ended up in some fancy Traditional Czech food Restaurant. The menu looked quite interesting, and one of the foods included the word Dumplings and Traditional. I ordered said food which arrived almost instantly at my table (seriously it took them like 3 minutes to prepare said food)

I got a plate with some beef something, Dumplings in Lithuania usually involve meat in dough cooked or fried. but the stuff I got on my plate looked more like bread to me, then there was this weird looking brown sauce surrounding said meat and “dumplings looking like bread”. Next to that I got a little dish with cranberry sauce, some Cream and of course a Giant Czech dark beer! Even though I still, to this day have no idea what exactly I ate. It was Delicious! The sauce was delicious, the beef was so soft and tasty, and even the breadlike dumplings tasted really nice. Nothing wrong with the dark beer either, except for the fact that it was quite light of taste (LT dark beers are usually quite strong of taste) total cost? very fkn cheap!!! After dinner I walked some more, and found some artsy things.

At some point I wasn’t sure what to do, I didn’t feel like clubbing, nor sure where to grab a beer. I figured its around 20:00 lets go to the hostel and maybe write some stuff check my mail etc and go out later. On the way to the hostel against all odds I encountered Radu with his wife and the friends they were meeting. Actually if it wasn’t for them saying yo dude how are you I would probably have walked straight pass them. I sat down next to them when Radu offered me a beer, 5 minutes later when I told them about my CS Failure he invited me to join them for the evening! This was just Amazing really, for now I had someone familiar to socialize with! who just happens to be the one and only Radu & friends!

I finished my beer while introducing myself and getting to know the new faces. Radu likes Praha and has been here before, so he has a favorite place where he goes every time when he is in the city, This place is one of the oldest breweries still live and kicking in Praha, with the best beers and food according to Radu. U Fleků founded in 1499. that was our next destination! We walked across the Fancy bridge, into the old town, towards the brewery. When entering the brewery you get amazed by the looks of it, still in this quite old style. Big halls with big tables and big paintings. Live music (traditional Czech I suppose) and an good Atmosphere! We chose a nice table and started checking the menu, I ended up eating Duck, with some sauerkraut, Red beets, and potatoes. Drinking dark beers  and getting quite sweet liquor shots thrown at me whenever either of those glasses were empty. While having dinner we talked about so much things, practiced my Romanian a bit more and got to know Ioan and his wife better. I would have told you more details about them all, but the truth is that I didn’t write things down, with all the people meeting on the road its hard to keep track. Maybe I should just blame the Alcohol, for we drank quite lots of it that evening. At least I remember we Enjoyed delicious apple pie for dessert :) and these people are extremely friendly and open!

Radu & Friends @ U Fleků. A Wonderful Evening

Radu & Friends @ U Fleků. A Wonderful Evening

After dinner I said bye to Radu, but joined Ioan and his wife for another beer, their hotel and my hostel were quite close. chatting about Romanian culture, Traditional food, Gardening, Not so Dangerous Gypsies etc etc.  I will definitely meet these wonderful people again in the near future, Actually Radu lives quite close to where i’m currently staying so ill probably hitchhike there sooner or later. Anyway Due to Radu his openness My short time in Praha was Awesome, full of wonderful memories.

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Berlin Reunion

That afternoon (Friday the 9th of April) we arrived in Berlin, Even though Leifur had to go to the more outskirts of the city to meet his friends, he decided to get a haircut first, which was almost in the center of the center of Berlin, it took some time to find a parking spot but eventually we did, there we said our goodbye and our paths split.

I geared up and started walking, I recognized some buildings from my Berlin visit last year but I wasn’t sure where I actually was, I just felt like chilling in a park, Leifur recommended me one close by, I headed in that direction he pointed me to until I reached the park, James Simon Park to be exact. there I dropped my back, kicked back and relaxed. It was around mid-day, but still had a vew hours for Joel to finish working which was around 6. I had a nap, wrote some mentionable things down when eventually this very cool guy started playing some music. the time passed by as if it were just a few minutes.

Around 6 I reunited with Joel after which we took the U-bahn to his place, did some groceries and waited for Bart to arrive and join the Reunion. Seeing Bart and Joel after such a long period of time was awesome, Me n Bart used to play in Greyscales together with Theo, but for the past year due to my travels and him moving to Berlin, while Theo stayed in The Netherlands we didn’t really play or see each other at all. The night was good, We enjoyed delicious cheap ass wine and jamming out on da Guitars, for dinner we made our self’s a Patatje Oorlog.  Eventually we ended up listening to LPs and playing Shithead for the remainder of the night. Even though I made good friends back in LT, It was damn good to see some Good “old” faces again.

That Saturday we went to a park which was on some sort of “must visit” list of Berlin to kick back and drink some beers, this turned out to be a kids playground, making it somewhat funny, imagine 4 dudes hanging out at this kids playground, what would those parents have thought. Anyway some other friends joined us when we went to the James Simon park again. Another somewhat funny detail was that all those people that joined us later were All Dutch people, “Hey man, how was Berlin? yeah cool, didn’t speak to any German dude but besides that, Great!” The only German dude I did actually spoke to was the friend of the roommate of Joel…. Ah well. (soort zoekt soort eh) Somewhere in the afternoon when Joel left for some crazy Techno-ish Party, we sticked around the park and waited for Bart his Lady to finish working. when she finished her work we met nearby, “sadly” it started raining, so we headed to Bart his place. when we arrived, the rain was practically gone which made us come to the decision to load up our bags with some more beers and just wander around Berlin see what happens. We ended up walking for about 5 hours to random places until a bit after midnight when we met up at a bar in the center with another friend (which happened to be dutch, who had a friend who was also dutch…..:)

Sunday we did what most cool people do in Berlin, which is to visit Mauerpark. every Sunday Mauerpark turns into this festival basically, Musicians gather and play their cool shizzle, there is a market with loads of different things, there is an amphitheater where some performances are done.  people are chilling, having a BBQ and lots of entertainment. When we arrived there was this drum duo playing, they were very awesome and quite familiar around Berlin. We also checked some very cool lady writing her own songs. when everybody arrived at Mauerpark and the pact was complete we chilled some more and eventually went to the best Kebab place in Berlin for of course I had to try it out! After delicious Kebab it was time to say goodbye to da Bartels. for tomorrow my Journey would continue to Prague.

The weekend was really amazing, I had to adapt a bit to the crowded city life of Berlin, living for a year in silence away from the city it was really a slap in the face when I arrived here. but actually after the first day it was quite oke, Instead of disappearing in nature and being away from everything, you just disappear within the masses of the people living their daily city life, waiting for the traffic lights to hit green. Until we meet again!

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July da 4th Folklore Day

Its da 4th of July, at the time I didn’t realize this yet. but we took the car n headed to Vilnius to pick up a carpet and check the old town afterwards because Crayray didn’t see Vilnius yet. It was crazy nice weather and a perfect day to do this. We parked da car at Ausras. She had a Visitor, A Couch-surfer that Hitchhiked from France with his accordion, we chilled for a bit. Mathieu had a gig that night in Cafe de Paris and invited us to join.

But First things first, Me n Crayray headed to da Old town, on the way we bought some Kibinai, basically Crayray didn’t see or eat any of these things yet. so my quest was to introduce him to dem all. While eating Kibinai we headed towards the Cathedral Square, there was a big stage set up. with lots of dancing and singing. and lots of crazy clothes. It seemed it was Lithuanian Folklore day. And so Vilnius was crowded with People in Traditional Lithuanian clothes, food and thingssz!!.

BreadtableInfront of the Stage was a huge table, It had lots of Breadz on it and different notes. from what i have been told, the breads were from different regions of Lithuania, the smell around the table was amazing, and the breads were pretty fancy, not just a regular AH breadz you know. all these crazy shapes and decoration. colors and grainz

 

Spacebreadz Spiralbreadz

After checking dem Breadz we headed to the Gediminas castle hill whatever. in the park was a market, at first it seemed like an ordinary marked, but on closer inspection this market was the most amazing market I ever walked through. They sold the usual Freshly harvested honey, Home brewed alus, Lithuanian cheeshizzle, thee and lots of on the spot woven scarfs, clothes and Folklore things. But the most amazing thing about this market was the fact that there were also Woodworkers and blacksmiths selling there wares and showing their skillz. I really liked it.

after checking Gediminas castle we got little hungriez. We walked through Uzupis towards Artistai where we ate some Kepta douna awwwyeah! the parks we walked through were very crowded but very interesting. there were stages everywhere and people dancing and singing. All these Traditional Lithuanian clothes and crazy shizzle was going on everywhere. It was so awesome, I never saw so much people in Traditional clothes together.

One of our side quests of today was to check some used clothes shops and buy some stuff. I did small research before I left (actually Šarūnė advised me). but while walking through Vilnius we didn’t feel like searching for them, some company is also fun so I gave Luka a call. Although she didn’t had much time, she was up for some chillin and showin us the perfect places to check dem shizzle.

When she arrived it was completely crazy again. Die gekke Luka whaha helemaal leip is die chick. She started spamming us from the first moment and doing her Dutch jokes all da way. we walked around a bit. she showed us da shops, but mainly we had allot of fun, She was amazed how my Lithuanian got better, (I think I didn’t see her for about a month) and that I know the way around Vilnius city center even better then she did lol. funny thing was. While we wanted to check Vilnius for dem used clothes. She and basically all her friends go to Moletai if they need clothes, cuz its much cheaper and better quality…. u get da point, we nvm da clothes.

She was throwing this party that night and she invited us to come. She had to prepare some shizznit. Our plan was to go back home due to we had the car. But she didn’t like this idea and really insisted we would join dem. I told her maybe. but every time she would try even harder. We figured. you know what. if we have a Accordion gigz and a Lithuanian home party. dafuq yo. lets get fuckdup. I gave Ausra a call, although she already had a Couch-surfer me and Crayray could also sleep there. Now its on!

We walked back to Snisnipiskeszes (taip taip aš žinau) moved the car to a more secure place, grabbed our shizznit, and joined Ausra to the Barras alla Paris. we chilled some. Meanwhile me n Crayray got some dinner, when we came back after FR vs GER Mathieu started showing some skillz. it was awesome! he had very catchy accordion songs. he was singing with it in French and Spanish. he really tried to involve the crowd. Even lots of people walking by waited for a bit to watch. It started with a small crowd but later on more and more joined. it was really fun! In the end he played from 21:00 until something like 01:00.

Mathieu

around 23:00 me n Crayray decided to check out luka her chillinz. basically it was around the corner. Luka told us she would have lots to eat n to drink n to smoke, But somewhere that afternoon we bought some benedictinas (which is in my opinion delicious honey Liqor) for the party anywayz. In the end we were lucky we did. because when we arrived the truth was, there was not so much to eat, to drink and to smoke :)))) not even a beer. This resulted in me and Creyray getting loessoee on dem benedictinas. Nobody there liked it anywayz gheghe. shizz is crazy. you bring a present. then nobody likes it and you end up drinking it yourself….. where I come from. it doesn’t really matter what you bring. if its strong alcohol. it will be gone by the end of the night.

Besides that the chillin was chillin. There were allot of interesting conversations going on. we were nicknamed Da Dutchies after a bit the neighbour got all mad due to the sounds. so instead of talking very loud everybody started whispering :)))) I was rather amazed that this was actually possible. Because if I or anybody from my group of friends would throw a party at home and you would ask them to whisper. Shit would get even more crazy. Lithuanians though. there respectful people. and they simply whisper, Also luka her understanding of Dutch got better after she drank more. we spotted some UFO’s and some chineese candles. When people got hungriez we started raiding her fridge and cabinets. basically she told us, what you can find you can have. So I took some Delicious Jam made by her grandmother :)))) (don’t worry I did ask) and we ate some leftover pie. Later on dey started dancing, Dey be in like diz Dancin crew droppin dem moves yo. later that night when they were going to this DnB Party to drop some more moves. we Bailed, n joined Ausra back home.

Check it out, its dem Dancin crew. snap er niks van maar dit is gewoon die Litouwse Crib Walk jwz gheghe

 

The next morning we got to know Mathieus a bit more, He had some pretty amazing stories about his Hitchhiking. Basically he Hitchhiked through France and morocco in about 3 to 4 weeks. Without money and only his accordion and some clothes. He didn’t bring money on purpose, cuz the truth is. you don’t really need money. if you have something to offer (in this case songs from his accordion) people are kind and help you. also if you travel in the right time of the year there is lots of food to be found in the forests and nature around you. He really inspired me with his experiences. Basically his Vision on hitchhiking is. Stay happy, Stay clean And give as much as you can give. talk to people, and walk if necessary. Then everything is gonna be alright!

Also Ausra brought me some more Jams, way more then I expected but ah well. At least I have lots of different Jams to taste now And there all from parents or grandparents gardens, home made awesomenesss!! I cannot describe how delicious these Jams are. I’m probably never buying Supermarket Jam ever again. because these jams. These jams are heavenly!

Heavenly Jamz

Heavenly Jamz

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Žolynų šventė (Herbz Celebration)

Today is the 21 of June, another festival takes over Vilnius streetsz, This time its all about Herbsz n Spicez.

Afrikos būgnų would play again today, Gediminas invited me to come check them out. I Renevouz with Šarūnė at the gigz. I just woke up like 1 hour before the gig, It was a perfect waking up Concert!! Šarūnė didn’t see Afrikos būgnų that much yet, Yesterday she came to the park also but she had some food somewhere behind the crowd and didn’t experience much. this was her first time checking dem Front row seats!! She liked it very much!

Man Patinka Afrikos būgnų Lithuanian flag colours

MarketzAfter the gigz we went to chill with the group, figured they would go into Vilnius but they had another gig right after, like a private gigz. so instead Šarūnė n me went to find some breakfast, we passed through this market, Tasting all the free tea we could, and on the way we found some Trakai Kibinai, Apple Azijn this time. It was a very nice breakfast. I have been scouting Vilnius for a bit now and at first we didn’t know for sure what to do, but in the end Šarūnė had nice inspiration.

She took me to the University of Vilnius, (which is where she and Ausra studied) she told me they have this super awesome hall, which is still in the original style with paintings and all. It was Sunday but the University was open anywayz, she told me some tales about the hall, for example. the roof has Squares in it, and every square would represent a Season. it was one painter who painted the complete room, and he hid allot of things in it. he also painted the world tree (or atleast his impression of it) people in the Red would be working, and People in the green background would be having fun. Blue were season related, stuff like that

Can you imagine this is like a random hall/room in their university? for me its like wauw. in breaks students like chill here or work here and shizznit you know. its pretty amazing!

There was also this Sheep figure painted on one of the walls, Šarūnė explained me the meaning behind it. The sheep is to represent the Ruling El!te who try to herd the General population as sheeple. They see us as the herd of sheep they have to control. but this painter saw it the other way around and represented them as dem sheep. in which you get this hatted sheep.

Sheeple

Sheeple

After walking through the Universities courtyards and checking their gardens we ended up at the Bel tower, which rings his bells once in a while, its also conected to the University complex. The elevator was broken. but you could have this very nice Panorama view of Vilnius on top. Šarūnė is a sportzy girl, so we climbed some stairs Awww Yeah!!

ErthulumAfter climbing the first 2 stairs there was this Pendulum, I can describe what it does. but I made a picture of the Text Eh. so you can just read it yourself.
But in a nutshell:

An experiment to show that the Erth turns around his axis, The idea is that the Pendulum goes from left to right, the Erth underneath rotates, from which the pendulum goes North to West in midday, and East to West at night.

Erthulum

We headed to the top to check out the Panorama, It was very nice to see Vilnius from up high, I could recognize allot of buildings and locations, which was rather amusing for me. Also I haz dem new cameraz, with Panorama possibulatiez, Not a Pro yet though :( but good enough!

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Šarūnė

Šarūnė

My Guide for the day didn’t have anything in mind to do next, but it was not a problem. we went down the super tiny stairs, walked through the University a bit more. when we went outside we arrived at a Governmental building (the building where Napoleon slept) There was some sort of Artzies Expedition, it was free and Šarūnė never actually went inside the Garden. so we decided to check it out. We had to go through some security, checking for metal and u bagz. but nothings special. of course I beeped. I always do. but they were not threaten it seemed. and we could go in,

 

There were not much people inside, we encountered like 1 dude but he went out when we went in, it was very simple art, Clay art but also some stone, like this abstract thing or figure and with a little sign on it. we had a good chat and tried to Gues what the sculpture was before actually reading the Plate, this worked a vew times! Much funz were had!
After the Expedition we got hungriez again, we figured, Lets get a beer and a Kepta Duona. For some reason we ended up buying Pie and chocolat milk, and chilled in a park to enjoy this freshly baked sweetnesz! :)))) much funzies were had once again!

Composition Interia DNA Manipulation Delicious Cakez!!

After our Delicious Apple/Cherry pie lunch we headed home, Ausra was still shoppin with her family, Me n Šarūnė played a game of chess, introduced eachother to some new music, we found out while walking that we have a pretty common taste in music. The plan was to make some Kepta Duona and Šaltibarščiai. Finaly I will learn how to make these two Traditional Lithuanian recipes!!!

when Ausra came home she was not that hungry yet, but eventually we started on the dinner. It was very fun to make. Super EZ but most of all Super Delicious! If you would like me to explain the process of making Kepta Duona and Šaltibarščiai in detail: Check it out!

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Kultūros Naktis

Its da 20th of June today, Vilnius Culture night,

Afrikos būgnų will be playing again tonight, so of course I had to check dem out! Due to Ausra graduating and finaly recieving her Diploma, she also had time to join to the awesome Festival thingies. I woke up early and took the bus to Vilnius around 10. We planned to wander da streetz, buy some stuff, She is not the shopping kinda type, neither am I. I figured this will be perfect, due to not spending shit loads of time on nothing you feel me? But the weather wasn’t as perfect as expected, mostly rain. little sun. it went on like diz almost all day. so the Usual happened. we ended up on the Balcony chillin n talking about the last 2 weeks.

OmlettoluncieszAround the clock of 15:00 we started to get Hungriez, I expected to take a light lunch, a bread or something simple. I totally forgot that Lithuanians eat completely different, instead of taking a light lunch. Ausra made some Crazy  Omlet, with like Wild pig meat (which her uncle hunted himself and put in cans) pasta, veggies. and a Salad (all from fresh ingredients from her Parents garden). Later we would just add the Eggz to da pasta, add some Tomato sausce, n then eat it with dem salad. It was Very very delicious!!

Afrikos būgnų Wouldn’t play until 23:00, Ausra made plans with a classmate of her to check out some sort of Vilnius Tour. Everything today is free, there were lots of music events Tours and allot of things going on, she was interested in the tour because it was about Artist but one part of the tour had Graffiti related things. This was the main reason she wanted to check the tour. Da tour started @ 19:00 After the delicious Omelet it was time to head downtown to check it out.

To bad for me the tour was in Lithuanian. so I couldn’t understand shit. Ausra and her friendz would translate the most interesting or important parts for me, but in general I couldn’t follow the story. The tour was fun though. they had like assignments. for example you had to look around at places and whatever memorie would pop up you could write down. they asked us to Gues how many times it would rain through the tour and stuff like: when we would enter this Courtyard we had to find like a statue or a painting or something hidden. and whenever you found it yell it out loud! it was rather fun. Even though I could not understand anything. Due to the fact that Ausra likes Graffiti so much, I Decided to make pictures of the Graffiti instead. I had to make some picturez anyway, don’t wanna end up writing a chapter of my book without pictures!!!

DSC02849Recently there were Elections in Lithuania, there is this woman who was chosen last time, and won again this time. I got some information about her from the time I chilled with Agne. for example: she has like her own garden and grows her own food and really tries to live/help the people of the country. shes a very powerful woman within Lithuania. Cant imagine dutch political figures growing their own food lol.Of course there are allot of people who would not agree, and with the amount of artist and conspurazududes, you end up with this kind of stencil. Obviously it refers to the Puppet masters of this world today, and the influence she haz over Lithuania. so yeah. I like this kind of artzies. but i cannot judge because I don’t know any details eh. saw this atleast 3 times that day walking through Vilnius

 

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Zenmusixa bit further this artist start to talk about the history of Uzupis, the group could enter his home and check out the gallery. it was cool to see. while the group was still walking around we found these three playing some very relaxing interesting music. I really enjoyed seeing them play diz, the lady in the middle was completely in Trance. and it sounded very nice. our group continued with the tour so we couldn’t stay that long.

 

After chillin in some more Courtyards and unknown storiez, we had another assignment. they were telling about some group of people that were Ani The system/Rich people, they would make jokes about rich people and so on. I didn’t get much details,
the nice part about this was, that out of nothing Ausra recognized Gediminas his car due to his African pants laying on the side chair. she grabbed a chalk and started to Graffiti hisz car gheghe. of course this was rather awkward for the people around. but she don’t give a fuck and started yelling like. This is the car of a friend of mine bla bla im gonna Graffiti it or something similar. on one of the Tires I wrote, Groetjes uit Nederland. I’m there dutch Fanboy you know! I think I missed only 1 of their Gigz ever since I came to Lietuva

Dem Ausraz taggin Wheelyfiti

We were getting close to the Graffiti building, not much to tell here I suppose, Basically there is this door, which looks normal. but when you enter it, all the stairway is completely painted with Grafiti. ill just post the Graffiti stuff to give you an idea. Jwz maatje

so it was getting late, Its around 22:00 now, almost time for Afrikos būgnų. The tour still had 1 more thing to check it was somewhere on a mountain. our priorities were checking the gigz. We went for a beer in Uzupis, of course I wanted a Kepta Douna but the kitchen was closed. while drinking a beer Ausra her friend Jordana and a Spanish friend of her joined us. we went to check out Afrikos būgnų with the 4 of us. (yall don’t know Jordana yet, but she came to IzReal to chill with Chris about a Retreat plan they have) when we went for the park where the Gigz would be, things got crazy. Ausra started to yell to let them know we arrived at the gigz. very amusing. she did this all gig long all da timez. I’m amazed she still haz her voice.

The gigz was awesome once again. Gediminas had a friend of him who plays Saxon to join the gig. which made some interesting different feel in music. they also went of the stage to dance sum. I’m still amazed how they manage to entertain the crowd in different ways. no gig isz the same!

After the concert which took about 1 hour, we went to eat pizza at the place where we ate pizza before on the African drumz night, On the way to the pizza place, we encountered some Classical music ladies who were preforming. Me n Ausra chilled there for a little Due to the fact that Ausra likes Classical music allot. I was not bothered by this either. The rest of the group moved on, Eventually we went to the pizza place, and ordered some foodzies it was very fun once again. and the pizza’s there a very delicious! we chilled until early morning.

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Tomorrow I will chill with Ausra her new Room mate, Scout Vilnius a bit more. check out some Expositions. We will also make Kepta Douna our self, and Šaltibarščiai Check it out!!

Le Weekend: Potato Potato

After like 3 weeks at da Eco project, between al dem Senior’s I felt like checking out some Lithuanian nature, go somewhere. meet up with peepz. mix with some younge energiesz!

I’m very curious about Trakai, so I tried to find someone to join me to Trakai. but this was harder then expected (due to exam times here in LT), eventually Friday evening I got contact with Ruta, she was going to check some Asian Culture day/event in Vilnius city center with a friend of her. I figured, ah well. its not Trakai. its something new though. she asked her friend and I could join them,

Its da 7th of June, I arrived in Vilnius rather early, so I went to Visit Ausra first to secure a place to sleep, drop some stuff and say hi. we chilled for a vew hours, So much to talk about, Lots o shizzle happened, for example She haz a new roommate!! she still had to finish some stuff for her study though. So in the afternoon I went to meet up with Ruta n her friend Veronika,

They were pretty hung over from a crazy party the night before. I was expecting to walk around. check out dem culture day w/e. but they were verrrryyyyy lazzyyy and yawning all da time gheghe, they checked the Asia culture something and it wasn’t that special apparently. We ended up drinking a vew beers talking about random stuff.
around dinner time we went to grab some Traditional Lithuanian foodzies.

The place was very near, basically I’m writing this post because I want to share dem foodzies with ya all. but as usual I end up writing a full chapter due to. spammin pro you feel me bro? Anywayz We had Potato Pancakes, at first I was like, Pancakes!!??? out of Potatoooooo???? Dafuq???? I always though The Netherlands was Potato country. but this is BS Lithuania is Potato Country! Fo Real! They do so much more crazy things with potato, and they have so much more dishes its crazzyyy!!

Also, Kepta Douna!!!!!

bulvinių blynų with mushroom sausze/grease

bulvinių blynų with mushroom sausze/grease

It was very delicious, and very heavy also. so stuffed after dem pancakes. I was very confused though. No Veggies. No meats (except for the little grease) but you get the point. just potato pancakes you know. it seemed boring/not so vitaminny.

it seems that Lithuanians eat way different then what I’m used to in the Netherlands. they get much more vitamins at breakfast and lunch, so then just some Potato dish is not a problem in the evening, but does fill up da stomach easily!,

After dinner da Ladies got very tired, so they decided to go home and get some rest.

I went back to Ausra her place, while she finished her stuff. I chilled with some very nice Lithuanian Drum n bass music from her Mp3
She didn’t had dinner yet, so we went to the City Center to meet up with her “Ex” Room mate (the other Ruta) to get sum foodzies and some drinks. this was around 22:30, We ordered some Šaltibarščiai (cold beetroot soup) Ruta some vegetarian bread thingy,

Also Kepta Douna!!!!!!!!

Šaltibarščiai wif Kepta Douna n Veggiebreadie

Šaltibarščiai wif Kepta Douna n Veggiebreadie

This is the last picture I made with my camera, It died :( so lame, how can I keep on bloggin n show dem crazy things, if I haz no camera???

Wel Ausra is this very amazing Lady, She offered me to check if she can fix my camera somewhere for cheap. and in the Meantime I can borrow her camera. Whuuuuttt! Indeed. Shizz Crazyy! so now I can continue blogging! hopefully she will be able to find a place to fix my camera, and if not. The Apocalypse will be here, I tell you!

Besides my Camera’s death, I miss jammin, and making music, I figured: Ill buy a Djembe and leave it at da Eco Project, then I can make some beats whenever I like, you know. sooner or later we will make campfires here, then a Djembe is nice to!
Apparently Djembes are not so cheap here in Lietuva, Ausra used to play Djembe @ Vakarų Afrikos but due to her study n stuff she haz no time anymore, When I told her my idea about Djembe, she was so kind to offer me Her Djembe………….
yup. Ausra is Crazyly Amazing, Not only haz she allowed me a roof over my head when I’m in Vilnius ever since I arrived in Lietuva, We traded Jamz fo Dandelion Sirup, she offered me her Camera temporary, and I can use her Djembe until I Continue with my Journey or ofc if she needs it.

Da Djembe

Dem Djembe

I guess in the end, this post is not only Dedicated to the delicious food I ate this weekend. This post is also Dedicated fo my Gratitude To Ausra,

The day after GMD

The Day After GMD, Da 18th Of Mayz

Ausra can be a sleepyhead, I gues its mainly because the intense studying for hours n hours, and the lack of sleep here n there. but she asked me to wake her up in the morning. I usually rise to my senses more early in the morning. When I woke up I made shit loads of Noise using the bathroom and checking the kitchen for things. But this didn’t really seem to wake her up. so I decided to do some Groceries and wake her up after.

I realized I forgot to buy some meatzies for the lasagne yesterday, there was no breadz and no eggzz. I ventured towards the nearby supermarkt (4 min walk) to find myself the needed groceries, when I came back making shit loads of sound again (Doors here are not exactly quiet) Ausra was still alseep…. I opened her laptop put on my favourit songs of Bonobo but this didn’t wake her up either, When I broke the energy barrier of her room and opened the door she was instantly awake though.. hmmmm Interesting.

She made delicious breakfast again, we chilled for a vew hours and she showed how to Solve the Mystery of the Oven n told me that her roomate would probably be home later that day. Around the clock of 13:00 she went for the library and I were to meet up with Agne around 14:00. I met with Agne at the Statue of Gediminas at the Cathedral Square. The sun was shining bright, and I got thirsty from my walk there so we went to the Juice Room for some juice and da picture, there was still lots going on in Vilnius. We encountered these breakdancers and had a look for a while checking who would be most awesome, some of them were indeed very good The stage was free also. anybody could show some moves if they liked

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We walked around Vilnius for a vew hours, next to the Vilna and the crazy mountain I climed before, Because Agne works for the government I had to ask about some political things and get to know her point of view, I asked about whats the deal with The N@to to see if her information would be similar to the brother n sister that gave me a ride in Poland N we talked about Western/Russian/Ukraine buizness.

(To put it in a nutshell, when I left my country I didn’t like N@to at all. I heard crazy things about them n related them to the NW0 stuff like that. Ever since I left my country and got to know more about this from Polish n Lithuanian people the stories got very different. in short. most of the Eastern people I met until now are Very happy with the N@to presence, basically because its this pact of different countries who work together and protect them in case of crazy shit. also if I understood correctly some people here are scared of the Russian threat, with N@to presence showing they are here to help they feel more save) for the moment i have no opinion anymore, Yesterday there were Fighter Jets flying over and apparently the N@to had this showcase where they would drive with their tanks and shit through Vilnius, Military power doesn’t impress me though and i missed it due to the Djembe’s.

I will keep asking around though, Not that I will ever find the truth, learning more and more is always better then ignoring it completely. Besides I think its still Interesting to see the difference in stories and opinions in every country.

CIMG0867We moved on, we came through this street where they honor most famous artist (like art and poetry) on a wall, I didn’t know any of them. Agne knew a vew and told me some history, I liked this one because of the Sawblades gheghe, but everyone had a different thing. it was very amusing. She showed me the old parlament building if recall correct where she worked, we passed a Traditional Lithuanian store where I bought some Apple-cheese (yes indeed, very weird stuff but very delicious) we passed some awesome “used” books store, her current work and lots moar!!

around 16:00 she headed for her aunt, I figured ill chill in a park a bit n think what I would do for the rest of the day. I headed towards the White bridge, which was close to the Green bridge, Agne told me there was this nice platform with a great view. When I arrived I wanted to take a little nap, the sun was very high in the sky though, and I didn’t wanna burn my face. When I noticed this little Car-stall that sold these Delicious Trakai breadz, I figured: time for snack! I headed to the little Car-stall, it didn’t have English on the menu :( but there were some people in front of me, they spoke English. I asked in general to them all if this stall also sold the sweet breadz with Strawberry or cherries in it, but this was not the case. I was in doubt if I should take the Traditional lambs bread thingy, or something else, I went for something sweet instead. Suuuweeeett!

I got into a conversation with the dudes n a lady, The lady had Very nice Dreadz and she was walking Bare feet. Her name was Rasa, one of the dudes was a friend of her who was named Kazimieras, The other dude apparently was from India, his name was Suva and he played his gig yesterday at the bookstore Agne showed me.

Once again I have a nice example why I think Coincidence doesn’t exists. I told them about my Travelz and the idea behind it. When i got to the point of the “Eco Project” the most amazing thing ever happened, Kazimieras is planning on buying a plot of land 40KM from Vilnius with some friends, start his own Eco-ish project. But mainly, he wants to build Straw/Clay houses. they don’t have very much experience with this yet. But you can imagine why this was not a Coincidence, because they can learn all about that here at Izreal/from the Izreal website and they are welcome to come check out how we do whenever they feel like it. He was very Interested.

Rasa asked what I had for plans, I told her that I did not have any plans, except for walking around a bit n making that Lasagne when I got hungriez. Rasa invited Me to join Them! They were heading to the supermarket to buy some stuff and then head to Užupis (The place with the Constitution) which was the opposite direction of where I had to go, But nevertheless I joined them for a bit. We had some very nice chats about the Eco Projects. Rasa took us to her home for a cup of Tea, Here we shared contact information, blogz, stuff about Straw/clay building. Even Suva had most amazing information for me. In the future I might wanna head north to Scandinavia. he knew some nice places and Eco Projects that I can visit there. He also gave me the names of the most important and influential people that I should contact.
After the tea they were to take the Car to Užupis, Rasa didn’t agree at first. She wanted to walk Bare feet to Užupis. But Kazimieras told her she could sit Bare Feet in the car ghegheghe. much fun were had.

I walked back “Home” Ausra her roommate also named Ruta wasn’t home yet. so I just chilled a bit and used her laptop. Eventually I started with the Lasagne, when I put it in the Mystery Oven Ruta came home. We had a very interesting chat about stuff, For example. Ruta rather works 5 days a week from 8 till 5 and pay the rent for her flat, then having to pick weeds everyday or Cherry’s from Cherry trees all day and live on a big peace of land with allot of freedom. She had to do this when she was young and lived like this. Our opinions about freedom and life were very different, But luckily it are just opinions, and we had a great time chillin together. She loved my Lasagne, and so did Ausra when she came home late that night. I think it was one of the Best lasagnes i ever made, The ingredients here//the Magical Oven made it Perfect!

The next morning Ausra left for Trakai rather early, I was able to join her, but she had to do some stuff for her exams. So instead I Invited her to join me to Trakai after the exams.
Ruta also had stuff to do, but I was able to chill with her for a short time when I woke up.
Because I loved the jammies so much, and Ausra n Ruta eat like 2 pots a year. they told me I could bring some with me. Maybe if I’m lucky they will even get me more in the near future :D Delicious Jammiessss!! I will trade them for Dandelion Sirup which I will be making myself fo funz n tradez.

Note the middle one, Its Magical and floats in the air!

Note the middle one, Its Magical and floats in the air!

I sealed there apartment, hide the keys on a Secret location and started walking to the Rendezvous point where I shoulda meet Basz. On my way walking to the Rendezvous point, I suddenly hear all this honking and crazy sounds. Yup it was Basz who drove right next to me, he saw me walking and told me I was not exactly someone you would not notice, (apparently) this was nice, a 30 min walk to Rendezvous point became a 5 min walk until random Gangster Drive-by Pickup occurred.

It was an Amazing weekend once again, Vilnius is Awesome!

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Gatves Muzikos Diena

Vilnius Street Music Day (Gatves Muzikos Diena)
A perfect day for a dude like me to wanders the streets n check whats up.

I Arrived in Vilnius by bus around 11:30, Due to the fact that Ausra had to Study for her Exams nxt week she could not join me for the day, she was so Awesome enough to offer me the key of her apartment. This so I could just go and do my thang. N whenever I felt like going “Homez” i could just go back to her place to chill or do whatever.

As usual I walked from the Central bus/train station to her place. On the way got some of those delicious sweet breads. In the end she wasn’t so hungriez So i ate them both :))) She came back to Vilnius a vew days ago after Visiting Brussels for her study, We had a nice chat about her Travelz n my experiences at da “Eco Project” she showed me how the door works, n stuff like that. Later she went to the Library to study for the rest of the day/night, and I headed into Vilnius old town, Why? Because the Awesome Vakarų Afrikos būgnų mokykla were to play around 14:00 on the Town hall Square AwwwwYeahh!.

The way from “Homez” to the town hall was amazing, when I arrived in Vilnius this morning it didn’t really start yet. but on my way to the Town Hall allot of music was wandering the streets. To give you an idea: Erywhere n Anywhere were peepz. with dem instruments, playing music. Once you passed one and didn’t hear their sounds anymore, the next one would be vibrating your eardrumz, Sometimes even one sound went flawless into the other. Below Some random pictures of random bands I encountered,

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CIMG0848These dudes, they were amazing. When I headed to the Town Hall I checked them out a bit. they were rather smiley and making beats like crazy, they seemed rather enjoyed by everything that they were doing n what was going on.
the thing that amazed me the most, is that Later that day it started raining, but when i went back “Homez” around 22:00 they were still playing there on the same spot. In the rainz. while basically the rest of the bands stopped playing. +1 u dudes.

I recently found a movie, Check dem dudes out!!

I arrived at the Town hall a little bit early, I figured they would be there already preparing. This was not the case. At first i got a little worried I might be at the wrong location, or had the time confused. Luckily at 14:00 Gediminas arrived with car n Djembe’s, not much later I started seeing much more familiar faces. I think we waited for half an hour, the Lithuanian marching band passed by. Doing there National Anthem, when they marched on, it was time for sum Djembe Beatz!

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It was allot different then the evening at Artistai, what I mean with this is like: It was more a kind of Jam-session, fused with their songs. also Gediminas wasn’t singing any songs this time due to no mic n stuff. Due to this. the Communication between them was even more intense, also everybody was welcome to Grab a Djembe and join them, to bad though I found out at the end of the concert… that wasn’t a problem for me, I just felt like getting Zen again and trying to observe the sound waves shoot out above and around them. It was rather amazing. There was this stage with shit loads o Speakers on the Square, on the edges were bands playing. But when the Djembes started most of those sounds faded into the abyss and Djembe is all we could hear. They played for almost 2 hours straight, with maybe 1 or 2, 5 min breaks in between to switch setups.

Vakarų Afrikos būgnų mokykla
At first, I figured I could join the group again for the rest of the day, or at least Ruta or Kamile. But this time I was not so luckiez. Both didn’t have time, most of the group left right after the concert, only a little core remained: Me, Gediminas n his lady, Ruta, Kamile, Agne, and another person that I didn’t know. We headed to Artistai to get some drinks and some food, but dannnggzz. Due to the Festival it was rather crowded. They told us that we should wait at least 1 hour for food. maybe more. So instead we just ordered a drink.

with my failed idea to join the ladies for the rest of the day. I did some research and asked them what awesome bands I should see, they recommended me allot of things. I also asked what would be nice to get for dinner, all of the sudden I got really in da mood for Lasagne, Oh Yeah baby I love lasagne. When I asked for the Best Restaurant for some Delicious Lasagne they pretty much told me I should make a Lasagne myself, not only would this be cheaper. I had a empty home with awesome Kitchen at my disposal and with some luck I was able to make Ausra very happy with some food when she would come home late at night. There mind-tricks worked, my new plan was to do some groceries n make sum Lasagne later that night.

We left Artistai, Due to the fact that Basz would head to the Airport to pick Chris up at Monday midday, and I could stay at Ausra’s until then, I figured ill ask if someone wanna to join me the next day (Sunday), I didn’t feel like wandering the streets solo again on Sunday, u feel me brah? Ruta n Kamile were to busy, But luckily Agne was up for it! she planned on Visiting her Aunt Sunday afternoon, but until then she was cool.

I walked with Agne for a very little bit, exchanged contact info and started wandering da Streets of Vilnius again. But with a new Quest, Lasagne! on the way I encountered some bandsz again,

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Due to the Mind-tricks, I was not able to get some Lasagne at a restaurant, but it was 17:00 and I didn’t eat much all day, I was crazy hungriez. So I got myself a “in between snack” instead, Kebabas!!! While I ate my Kebabas (which this time was not so delicious as previous onces :(( ) I enjoyed these 2 dudes, making crazy beats.

CIMG0857With my snack all finished, I ventured forth, soon after I Encountered this Italian shop. where I bought me some special Lasagne saucze and the dough thingies for the layer buildup. I still needed all da Veggies n something for the top layer. I also got thirsty again, and the lady at the Italian shop recommended me some Juice bar very near.

The Juice bar was supposed to be in some kind of shopping mall, I was able to find the mall. but I didn’t find the Juice bar at first, instead I went to buy some Groceries. I found all the veggies I liked in da Lasagne, but I still needed this top layer. I’m used to bechamelsaus, from the Italian shop lady I got this paper with the Translation of this Saucze in Lithuanian: bešamelio padažas la Lasagne traditzionale. (she didn’t sell it)

While searching for thisz Saucze, I got rather confused again and soon after walking around the store twice, I chilled somewhere close to the Spices n Sauczes, when I Encountered two ladies acting rather decisive-less for an Ice cream (yes the fridges were next to the spices n Sauczes) I figured, lets give it a try. Labas, do you maybe know where I can find this?

At first they looked kinda in shock of me talking to them, but when they read the note, one of the ladies was so committed to assisting me with my Quest, She ran through the store, checked all the place it was possibly stored. I noticed pretty fast that she had no idea where dafuq it was. I told her to just let it be and give me my note back so I could ask someone from the store. She did not like that really, She was Way to committed to help me find the bešamelio padažas, she spoke to random people in the store in Lithuanian, then asked the store people. In the end, it was no were to be found.

In the meantime I got into a conversation with her, when I told her I hitchhiked from The Netherlands, she suddenly started talking crazy words like Woow super tof, Lasagne is lekker, leipe shit ouwe. Apparently she could understand Dutch rather well, and speak it also little-ish, and so I made a new friend, her name is Luka. I asked her if I could join her for a vew hours until I would head “home” to make sum Lasagne, she was glad to.

I was still thirsty, I was not able to find the bottles of water in this store. (not that i trust these bottles anymore, i don’t like bubbled water) but luckily Luka could show me to the Juice Bar I was originally searching for,

Behold, the juice bar!
CIMG0864oh lold I mean Juice room…

(Note, it was super crowded that moment, but since i left Artistai I didn’t really make much pictures. this picture is from Sunday when I returned for a picture to pimp my blog a bit)

While ordering some juice, I tried my best Lithuanian. When I tried to pronounce the most complicated of names of those juices, Luka was rather amused and was not shy of laughing at me in Da Face. I was able to slap(not actually) her back in the face, cuz a Fun Fact for yall to know

Lithuanians cannot pronounce the G or SCH like the dutch can
and with the rolling R they also have trouble now n then.
also there W doesn’t even Exists in their alphabet, so this can be funny also if you find the right words. I’m not sure if this was just Luka or if it is for Lithuanians in General but the UI was also something hilarious to see her try to pronounce, so if a Lithuanian if making fun of you about your speech, ask them to try this sentence.

Gekke Geiten melken op SCHiermonnikooG
(I bet there are better ones. ((Haters gonna Hate))

Most of the time they don’t even try, and be like. OOOHHH No wayyy That is Mission Impossible! The point of all the crazyness written above here is: I just met Luka, but it didn’t feel like I met someone new, it was Crazy fun from the moment she started talking dutch and I was glad to meet someone crazy again to chill with for the time being!

When we went outside of the mall, it was raining like mad, her friend in the Store ran off somewhere. but a new friend of her joined. They brought me to their Favorite chill spot (to smoke) Also a Fun Fact. Lithuanian ladies don’t like smoking and walking, so basically every time they wanna smoke they find a place to chill. They say Smoking and walking is for Buiznesz girls in a hurry or for hookers. lelz…. but mainly they think a Smoke is to enjoy, so you don’t do that while walking, you chillax.

As usual I told them my story with the help of my camera, meanwhile another friend of them joined, We had a very fun time teaching Dutch/Lithuanian, also a bit Russian, pronunciations, crazy jokes like. Dat is echt een Dijenkletser (this came from Luka her mouth) and lots more,

When the thunder and rain stopped we started wandering the streets again,
They felt like dancing. I should have movied it probably, but basically when these crazy drummer dudes made crazy beats, they started moving like crazy Aboriginals doing some Ritual. It was once again rather amusing for me to see.

CIMG0861Later that evening they had plans for some Crazy party in some club to do some more dancing, I didn’t really feel like clubbing, I still had a Lasagne to Summon from the Depths of LasagnaLand, so I headed back “home” to Ausra’s place so I could prepare the Summoning Ritual of da LasagnazZ, We passed Luka her home where our paths split, her 2 friends (although I remember their faces I cant recall their names), joined me for a bit, their bus stop was on the way I was heading. Due to the fact I still didn’t find dem bešamelio padažas one of them Recommended me Some Cheese, I joined them to another store to buy dem cheese. afterwards our paths split also, and I had a 20 min walk towards Ausra’s ahead of me

Arriving at Ausra’s I felt like inspector gadget, using all my Skillz to find the needed things. which was not so hard after all. When I opened her fridge I was Amazed really,
This is what Ausra her fridge looks like. In NL Most fridges have things from the Albert Heijn, but Ausra her fridge was filled with home made Awesomeness,

Let me Introduce to you, Ausra her Fridge

AusraFrigerator-On the top shelf, some pickles, but besides those mostly home mad Jammies n thingz-
-Below some more Jammies and some bought cheese-
-some mandarins and yoghurts-
-then some fruit/veggie things in some sort of saucze-
-and the drawer below was full of apples from her parents garden-

But back to the Summoning Ritual, I managed to gather all the needed things and was ready to say some chants to prepare the Ritual. but then I realized I skipped one of the most difficult parts of the Ritual.

I had to fire up her oven, because what is a Lasagne without being in the Oven for about 45 min on 180 degrees. well not a Lasagne indeed,

The oven was a Mystery, I tried to solve it, it had no button to show the Degrees, no timer (which is oke) only a button with a big and a small fire on it, I tried some Combinations, with some combinations I could hear gas coming from different parts of the oven, but this was not Constant, as if i didn’t enter the correct combination, after trying for a while, the smell of Gasz was to intense, I didn’t want to fail the Ritual and summon demons from the depths of the underworld, or maybe even blow up the entire building. I tried to find some Aid,

When I send her an sms to ask if she would be hungry and if she could give me some hints to solving the Oven mystery, she was rather Mysterious and didn’t really care to give me some hints on solving the mystery. I gues she wasn’t so hungry as i expected gheghe.

My Lasagne dinner surprise failed, the Ritual ended in Me eating all the chocolate bars I could find in her cupboard, and eating some breads with the Most delicious Jams I could ever imagine from the fridge. Around 00:00 Ausra arrived back home, she was rather amused with my explanation of trying to solve this Oven Mystery. We had a good laugh and chilled for a bit, but it was getting late, not much later ZzZzZzZZzzz,

The next day was also a very fun day,
Check it out!