Baltic housekeeping at its best!
One of the defining features of both Latvia and Lithuania is the impressive level of general 'housekeeping', with no tolerance for untidiness or litter in cities or towns. Clearly people consider this a priority and tidy up after themselves (and others) out of a sense of pride and civic duty - a lesson that many other countries (especially my own) would do well to learn from.
On the Curonian spit, the Baltic obsession with tidiness is raised to an art form. Horse-drawn traps to transport tourists from the Klaipeda ferry to the aquarium at Smiltyne come with their own poo bucket as standard equipment and all offending waste products are scooped up with such efficiently that it’s debatable whether they even touch the ground first!
I ussually leave 7-10 percent from the bill. Even in daytime when having lunch. If I have a lunch for 15 litas, I will leave 2 litas. If I eat for 45 litas, I will leave 4 or 5 litas... But tips are not must. If I don't like the service of waitress (I never mix waitress and kitchen work), I don't give any tips.
Taking of your shoes
Ussually when comming to somebody's home, we take shoes away. I know, that acording etiquet, it is not needed to do, but in LIthuania it is acording to the owner of house. It is polite to take shoes of. But if owner tells you "don't take of your shoes", then it means, that you just walk in with shoes. But is can be unpolite just to walk inside of rooms without trial to take shoes of.
We don't keep our legs on the table
we DON't keep our legs on the table, next chair or somwere else. You can lay down at home, when you need to relax your legs, or you can lay down on the grass in the town, but we are sitting legs down in restaurants and hotel halls and visiting friends at their homes...
caps away in restaurants...
If you respect the place ( restaurant, privat houses, etc) and if you respect the owners of the house, you should take of your cap. The really low culture people stay with cap even sitting by table ! It means, you don't respect the place and food and anythig... Really not nice...
Ladies can stay in hats, if they wear one, but for man no one kind of cap is good (except religious things).
Lithuanian Currency: Litas
Although Lithuania joined the European Union (EU) on the 1st of May 2004, they don't have the Euro as currency. Lithuania's currency is still the Litas. 1 Litas is divided into 100 Centai.
You can get your money with your credit or debit card from cash points or just by exchanging your local money at one of the bureaux de change.
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Beer from Klaipeda: Svyturys
Klaipeda is home to Lithuania's oldest brewery: Svyturys. It was established in 1784 and produces various sorts of beer like wheat beer (Baltas), dark beer (Baltijos) and of course lager beer (Ekstra).
Nowadays Svyturys is owned by Baltic Beverages Holding which is controlled by the Carlsberg breweries.
On my trip through Lithuania I tried a few Lithuanian beers and I must admit that Svyturys Ekstra was among my favourites.
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Not much left from old Memel
Unfortunately the town is in this respect not comparable to Vilnius and Kaunas. Most of the older buildings have been destroyed at the end of WW2, the most remarkable relieving one is the post office built around 1890.
Summer - time for festivals
The most important Klaipeda's festival is "Juros svente" (Sea festival). The date varies every year but usually it starts at the end of July or beginning of August - whole weekend dedicated for music, dances, markets, concerts, drinking beer, swimming and sailing.. What else can you want?:)
In 2004 the Sea festival will start on July 23rd! COME!
I admired the colorful stained...
I admired the colorful stained glass I saw in many churches. It was explained to me that the stained windows often told a story.
Because many people during the middle ages were illiterate, the church had to use pictures to tell their story.
all people like to sea
KLAIPEDA IS DIFFRENT CITY OF LITHUANIA BEFORE ALL SOVVIET PRESIDENT COME THERE AND POPULER CITY BUT NOW NOBODIES KNOW JEWEL
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