Vilnius, Kaunas, Milan & Switzerland

Prolog

This week has been busy.

I’ve passed through Vilnius, Kaunas, Milan and now I’m resting comfortably at my grandmother and bonus grandfather’s house in Switzerland.

Thankfully! Since I’ve fallen ill with a nasty cold. Nothing near the severity of the food poisonings I have encountered in Spain; although my head feels like a balloon and I keep either sneezing or coughing.

Consequently its difficult to think very clearly, as I’m writing this week’s post. For this reason I will keep it short and instead try and make the photos and drawings do most of the storytelling.

 

Vilnius

 

I spend some nice days in Lithuania’s capital visiting art museums, restaurants and sketching and painting in some good cafés. As a new thing to me, they had electric scooters that I used to get around town. I also tried to dance in the techno club beneath my hostel, but I got too tired to dance very long and went to bed relatively early each night.

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Vilnius City Hall Square with Scooters

Here are some photos from art exitbitions:

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And here are some photos of restaurants and a cafés where I sketched and painted after a book with photographs I had found in my favorite book café in Vilnius: Mint Vinetu.

 

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Sketch made at Mint Vinetu
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Sketches made at Mint Vinetu
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Sketch made at Mint Vinetu
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Nice coffee shop where I sketched and painted a lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaunas

 

After a few days in Vilnius I went by train and bus to a fancy hotel in Kaunas called Monte Pacis, that I had treated myself to while there, seeing as it is soon the end of my art travels.

 

The hotel is in an ancient monastery near forest and a lake. It’s very scenic there and only about 30 min by public bus to the center of Kaunas. The first night I stayed near the hotel all day, feeling exhausted. Maybe the cold was already setting in then.

 

The next day I went to the center of Kaunas and an antique store I’ve visited countless times, in order to buy old photographs. They have a wonderful collection there and I bought a small stack. Then I went to a café I used to go to regularly. Here I had lunch as well as sketched after the new photos.

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Art made in Kaunas
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Art made in Kaunas
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Art made in Kaunas

 

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Art made in Kaunas
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Art made in Kaunas
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Art made in Kaunas

I continued to the old town where I went shopping in a wonderful vintage second hand store that I always return to.

 

Milan

On the day I had to travel to Milan, my cold had gotten a lot worse and I kept sneezing every other minute. I chose to take a taxi to the airport. When I sat down in my middle seat in the airplane, I warned both my seatmates that I might sneeze often, but I would do my very best to shelter them from it.

It was awkward and embarrassing. I got lucky later when a guy moved away from a window seat to join a friend further up the aisle, and so I quickly grabbed that seat and this way I was in less danger of annoying any seat mates. Once at the airport in Milan I had to find a train and then a metro and then walk quite a bit, so by the time I arrived at my hostel is was already evening.

My train to Switzerland was a morning one, so all I had time for was a quick walk around the area hear my hostel, which was not very central, but in a cool quite run down ethnic area. I had dinner at a Chinese restaurant called Mr. Car’s that has a funny décor with toy cars everywhere.

 

Switzerland

The next morning, still very sick and sneezing constantly, I managed to get up in time and catch my train.

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The train ride was beautiful, passing lakes and mountains almost all the time, except when we went through tunnels.

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Before I knew it, I was in Sion in Switzerland where my grandparents picked me up. Before we drove home to their place we had a stroll around Sion as well as a nice lunch.

Almost as soon as we arrived home at their place I went up for a nap. The cold really took over, possibly because I had finally arrived, and I knew I could ‘let go’ now.

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The facade of my grandparents house, facing a rock

It’s wonderful how they have taken care of me; making a hot water basin for me to inhale eucalyptus steam to help me breathe more easily – as well as feeding me and such; I’m so thankful. Compared to being ill alone in hostels in Spain this is like heaven.

 

Epilog

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View from my room

I’m sure that with my grandparents taking care of me, my cold will disappear before long and we can focus on enjoying our time together!

It’s bitter-sweet that this is the last week of my art travels. I’m exhausted after travelling so long, though. I’m eager to return home to K in Copenhagen, find a job and make a new everyday life function. It will be a new adventure for sure.

Well, the ongoing art travels aren’t completely over yet – I’ll write you all, dear readers,  from Switzerland next week!

 

Yours

Cille

 

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