Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania. Even if it has 500 thousands inhabitants, it’s a scrub into the forests and it’s not by chance that in its original language is called Lietuva, that means “rainy land”. Basically, the whole country is as big as our Sicily.
Vilnius rises between two areas: one with many lakes, the other full of woods. It is so young as capital infact it got its independence from the Sovietic Union since 1991, after strong dominations by Poland, Russia and Germany.
Besides its history, who tells more than anyone of us could know about it, Vilnius is the perfect city you chould choose for your Erasmus or project abroad if you’re a student. Here, the reasons why.
1. Historical Centre
The historical centre has been choosen as UNESCO heritage; there are so many architectural and artistic varieties that it’s impossible to collect them up in an image only. The Old Town in Vilnius is something you can’t miss, at all. It’s a place which you can discover a new thing everyday in: one more pub, one more street, one more restaurant and so on. This part of the city is what we could definitely define charming. You’ll always stand up with your nose, looking at huge monuments, various churches and the wide choice of green spaces that the city has. The magical is that you can always find a place that will correspond your mood of the day!
As for parties, you can’t even imagine how simple is in a country like Lithuania, have a party and enjoy the night! It’s not true that it depends on your position; sure, if you sta in the centre, your life will eb easier; but that doesn’t mean that if you want to move, you cannot do it.
By the way, near to the Corner hotel, a lot of foreign Erasmus people will share with you unforgettable moments; if you get a really good mood, you’ll always find someone motivated to party with you.
The places to be are Pusku-Pusku, first of all, where alcohol is very very cheap, so don’t be unresponsible; drink safe, be saw! Then you should sure go to Tarantino where the entrance is free and they ask just 1litas for the cloakroom; one more, look for Salento, a club that stays open until tireless people stay! Then: Cocainn, Buddha, Seacret, Pantera, Berlin. In addictin, if you feel glam, you can rent a shimmering limousine which you can spend time on, partying inside, no limits.
3. Street of Literats
In the heart of old town there is a small street which could be a bit tricky to find. It is situated next to small markets in Pilies street and it’s one of the most characteristic of the Europe whole.
This small street is memorable as here you can see the most important writers in Lithuanian literature. As on the wall of the street, there are many of small art works made in memorable to all those who collaborated in order to maintain the lithuanian language and literature.
The majority were being thought in Lithuanian schools, so it is evident that these people made a big impact on their culture in general.
4. Fresh market
Tymo turgus is situated next to the artistic and famous republic in city: Uzupis, that we’ll see later. The market is famous for its farmers markets where you can buy all natural products, food. You should visit the market and experience for yourself the natural beauties that could be found in the still agricultural Lithuania.
Besides, the market is next some pretty beautiful mountains where the panoramic view is just spectacular.
5. Girls and boys
The question is clear: if you asked someone what’s the most beautiful thing in Vilnius, he will sure answer that they’re people: both girls and boys. When you go to drink in Lithuania, you’ll meet many beautiful women and men that are everywhere. Blonde, fairy, tall, slim: everything a Mediterranean person is not by nature. Try not to lose your mind, stay strong and be active: you could even go back home with a brand new relationship; who knows?
6. Republic of Uzupis
It’s not a country in Europe, but it’s a country, although. Even if you could name every one of those 47 countries in Europe by heart, you won’t never name Uzupis too: as for category, it is not one of them.
On 180 acres tucked away in the centre of Vilnius lies the independent, self-declared, sovereign state of Uzupis. A heaven for artists and bohemians, is so strange as a place, unlike the rest of the city. It celebrates its national holiday on April 1st – and it’s not a joke! I’m not kidding you: Uzupis has its own president, its own police force, its own currency and most importantly, its own constitution, written on its walls. This last is reproduced in 15 languages on mirrors. You can read it here:
1. Everyone has the right to live by the River Vilnelė, and the River Vilnelė has the right to flow by everyone.
2. Everyone has the right to hot water, heating in winter and a tiled roof.
3. Everyone has the right to die, but this is not an obligation.
4. Everyone has the right to make mistakes.
5. Everyone has the right to be unique.
6. Everyone has the right to love.
7. Everyone has the right not to be loved, but not necessarily.
8. Everyone has the right to be undistinguished and unknown.
9. Everyone has the right to be idle.
10. Everyone has the right to love and take care of a cat.
11. Everyone has the right to look after the dog until one of them dies.
12. A dog has the right to be a dog.
13. A cat is not obliged to love its owner, but must help in time of need.
14. Sometimes everyone has the right to be unaware of their duties.
15. Everyone has the right to be in doubt, but this is not an obligation.
16. Everyone has the right to be happy.
17. Everyone has the right to be unhappy.
18. Everyone has the right to be silent.
19. Everyone has the right to have faith.
20. No one has the right to violence.
21. Everyone has the right to appreciate their unimportance.
22. No one has the right to have a design on eternity.
23. Everyone has the right to understand.
24. Everyone has the right to understand nothing.
25. Everyone has the right to be of any nationality.
26. Everyone has the right to celebrate or not celebrate their birthday.
27. Everyone shall remember their name.
28. Everyone may share what they possess.
29. No one can share what they do not possess.
30. Everyone has the right to have brothers, sisters and parents.
31. Everyone may be independent.
32. Everyone is responsible for their freedom.
33. Everyone has the right to cry.
34. Everyone has the right to be misunderstood.
35. No one has the right to make another person guilty.
36. Everyone has the right to be individual.
37. Everyone has the right to have no rights.
38. Everyone has the right to not to be afraid.
39. Do not defeat
40. Do not fight back
41. Do not surrender