So I spent the weekend in Kaunas, Lithuania. Kaunas has a very high student population and you can tell. There were more clubs and cool bars here than in Vilnius, and it went on into the early morning both nights. I understand that’s common in Europe, but there’s something about a little pizza place that serves just beer and pizza being open at 6 AM; elsewhere, it’s just clubs that stay open that late. Anyway, onto the pictures and stuff.
Kaunas is dominated by a few things: castle and church ruins, student pubs, and this one really, really long street named Laisves Aleja. It’s 1.7 km long and eventually turns into Vilniaus Gatve, which is another really long street that leads into old town. Laisves Aleja has a ton of trinkets that you can buy — no thanks! — and a pretty scenic center walkway between trees for the entire length. By the way, cars aren’t allowed on this street; it’s purely a pedestrian walkway.
On Friday, Fernando (who is a guy from Chile I hung out with on consecutive nights) and I went to a few cool places. One of them was called ‘G Loft’ where they had several different rooms to drink in. We were in one with a bunch of inspirational or thought provoking quotes painted on the walls, which also had a small bar with some local beers. Additionally, a local dentist was out with a group of friends and bought our table from us for the price of 4 beers. Our demands were zero beers and that he could have the table. They don’t know how to bargain in Lithuania.
The coolest place I visited in this town, however, was a laid-back, rooftop patio bar on top of an old abandoned warehouse that is now full of graffiti art, and is adorned with a great picture on the side of the building. The views from the top were awesome.
I stayed at the hostel named ‘Monk’s Bunk’ where the owner of the hostel is a 26 year old guy Lithuanian guy who is always at the hostel. On the last day, he took me and a few Aussies around town to some places we’d never go to on our own. Some abandoned churches, a castle, a local brewery, etc. Definitely the coolest hostel owner I’ve ever met; I’m leaving them a 100% on hostelworld