It was a peaceful political demonstration that occurred on 23 August 1989. Approximately two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 675.5 kilometers (419.7 mi) across the three Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The protest was designed to draw global attention by demonstrating a desire for independence from Soviet Union and illustrated solidarity among the three nations.
Basketball is usually called in Lithuania a second religion and it is by far the most popular sport in the country. Popularity of sport grew during Soviet Union oppression as it was seen as a mean to fight for independence. Since then Lithuania became basketball powerhouse in the world with legendary NBA players like Arvydas Sabonis, Šarūnas Marčiulionis and current NBA superstars like Jonas Valančiūnas, Donatas Motiejūnas, Domantas Sabonis among many others.
Kept as a national bird and as a symbol. Whooping 8% of all white storks in the world breed in Lithuania making it the densest country for this species. This giant bird has somewhat warm and pleasant association to any Lithuanian. You can often see white storks in the countryside walking in the fields or on the rooftops of old houses. And of course, storks bring babies - that's a common knowledge, we all grow up knowing that, so watch out or a baby might fall into your lap.
It does sound a bit lame at first, but actually it is one of the coolest and most unique thing you can see in Lithuania. Every 4 years almost 2000 folk dancers from across Lithuania and abroad gather together to perform traditional folk dances. Every dancer receive special choreography instructions to form well coordinated massive human chains and ever changing shapes while dancing making it one of the kind event in the world. It is a part of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage for a reason... It's just amazing. Upcoming Folk Dance Festival will be in 2020.
Most of the places suggested in this guide is within walking distance. However, in case you want to go further away from the city center I would strongly advice to use Uber app. Uber drivers are more likely to speak well in English and you can be worry-free about the rates that you are being charged. Travelers hygiene rule number 1 - if you travel with a taxi, always ask before hand for the price estimation. 1km usually cost around 1-2 eur. Keep 10 - 15 Eur benchmark in mind, as you should be able to reach even the furthest places on this list for the amount. Worth noting that night rates are usually much higher so don't be surprised if you pay more coming out of the bar. Travelers hygiene rule number 2 - never take taxi straight from the airport, railway or bus station as you are sure that you will over pay.
There are three options that you could take - taxi (Uber), bus, train. Bus would be the cheapest option. My recommendation is to take Uber for the most convenience.
You can get very cheap tickets to Kaunas since Ryanair has a service center there for their planes. It is not uncommon to find a ticket from Copenhagen to Kaunas for 20 Eur. Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania and it is 100km away from Vilnius. Once you are in Kaunas airport you can take a taxi (Uber) to train station and get comfy train ride to Vilnius.
Lithuanians get very offensive if you call them Russians or think that Lithuanians speak Russian as a mother tongue. We tend to label that person in our minds as a blithering idiot and end conversation at the earliest convenience.
Ačiū- Thank you. If you want to make correct pronunciation imagine that you are sneezing with a long aaaciu (nose cleaning is not required afterwards)
Į sveikatą - Cheers
Labas - Hey
Mano vardas (Your name here)- My name is (Your name here)
Kiek kainuoja? - How much?
Taip - Yes
Ne - No
Man Patinka Lietuva - I like Lithuania
Tu man patinki - I like you