I have arrived in Vilnius straight from Poland, just to immerse myself in a street fair. What could be a better way to experience a new city than jumping directly into crowd of families, navigate between stands looking what they offer, and eat some regional dish from a steaming pan while sitting on a bench? Well, it could go even better, but that came in the evening, so let’s put the story in some order.
First, few shots from the Nations’ Fair itself:
Variety of the things sold met my expectations, especially with handmade or regional products. I couldn’t resist getting few musical instruments, like a wooden flute, clay birds that make sound when filled up with water, a clay dragon-shaped whistle with mouthpiece in a very politically incorrect place in its back, and clay ocarina. Crazy, but for me musical instruments (the weirder the better) are the best souvenirs from a certain place.
There were also some Polish accents – mobile grilled steak station:
And “Gdansk Cultural Days in Vilnius”:
For the food side of the event, everywhere could be bought kibinai, traditional pastries filled with everything imaginable. I think the most popular version is meat, onion or vegetables, but I got few of different types (first struggles with Lithuanian language included in the process).
To continue in food-related direction, I will mention Šakotis, also traditional cake that is made on a roast over fire, from where its tree-like shape comes – parts of cake that are on the bottom during roasting form drops, and then pole gets turned, next part forms drops, and so until it is ready. Extremely tasty with a glass of milk, and highly recommended!
Great addition on the end of the first day in Vilnius was Autumn Equinox celebration, with fire, music and boats on the Vilnia river. Amazing show and atmosphere, as the boats and small canoes were passing by with lanterns lighten up, with enormous fire-sculpture in the background. Colours and shades playing on the river to the music played from speakers… definitely worth seeing.
For now that will be it – sort of a warm up after a break in writing. But new material is piling up and needs to be shared, so… soon!