Veisiejai Local Customs

  • ON  HIGHWAY  134  TO  VEISIEJAI
    ON HIGHWAY 134 TO VEISIEJAI
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  • GATE  TO  VEISIEJAI  REGIONAL  PARK
    GATE TO VEISIEJAI REGIONAL PARK
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  • NOTICE-BOARD  IN  VEISIEJAI
    NOTICE-BOARD IN VEISIEJAI
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    Notice-board, euroenthusiasts?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    NOTICE-BOARD  IN  VEISIEJAI

    Natives used to stick various advertisements and notices on this notice-board (bulletin board) on my picture. What about sticking VT label there? Well, next time..

    I was in Veisiejai just before the election to the European Parliament (13th June 2004), the first in which Lithuanians took part just after joining European Union on 1 May 2004. No wonder that I could see many election posters both in Veisiejai and in other cities and towns throughout Lithuania.

    Lithuanians elected 13 of 732 members of European Parliament and with the turnout of 48.2% they were more politicaly active than say Polish people with only 20.42%. Well, Lithuanians were the most enthusiastic for European Union of all new EU members - over 91% of them voted for joining EU, in Veisiejai as well - results here. Is Lithuania a country of euroenthusiasts? We will see... in a few years...

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    Native Americans in Lithuania?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jan 30, 2007

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    LITHUANIAN  TOTEM  POLE?

    I found this totem-like basis of statue in front of St. George's church in Veisiejai.

    Some Lithuanian chapels, statues looked similar (at least in high and thin shape) to tribal totem poles built by Native Americans of the Northwest America. Lithuanian influences in North America or opposite?

    Haha, not at all, although... who knows... Lithuania ---> Scandinavia (Vikings) ---> Greenland ---> North America and back. Hmm... maybe the idea of carving long tree trunks was born independently in both areas seperated by the Atlantic Ocean. I mean the idea might be created by tribes of both Native Americans and pagan Baltic people.

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    Turtles and snails

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 23, 2004

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    GATE  TO  VEISIEJAI  REGIONAL  PARK

    There was wooden entrance to Veisiejai Regional Park (or more exactly, its Administration) in city park.

    At first, it looked strange for me, that they always put a turtle as a logo of the park. I thought there were no turtles living there but some snails. Well, maybe travelling around was as slow and lazy as turtle's moving. Then, I got to know that there were pond turtles living in the park. I didn't know and I didn't meet them.

    Keep in mind that we say (in Slavic languages) about "a turtle's pave" instead of English "a snail's pace", "turtle's mail" instead of "snail mail" etc. Hmm... turtles are slower than snails, right? But they didn't live when and where English language was born.

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    It was not... the Netherlands

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 21, 2004

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    WINDOW

    Windows of local houses were always equipped with sheer curtains and always were curtained. Some patterned curtains looked like hand made.

    It was not the Netherlands... I can't forget windows of numerous houses in the Netherlands, say in Amsterdam. The windows, even on the ground floor, were never curtained. There was no closed shutters, no nets or sheer curtains in the windows. Hmm... didn't they like any privacy?

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    Old western European cars

    by matcrazy1 Written Jul 21, 2004

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    OLD,  VERY  OLD  GERMAN  AUDI

    They changed almost all cars in Lithuania from Zsiguli (Lada), Moskvich etc. to, mainly older western European (mostly German - Audi on my picture) and newer Japanese cars. There were luxary limousines as well but few and none in Veisiejai - it was not Moscow in any way.

    Since Lithuania joined European Union on 1 May 2004 there are no customs for cars imported from any EU member. I could see few (more soon, I am sure) older cars imported after that date from say Germany, Netherlands etc. They had characteristic temporary registration (license) plates: red numbers on white. Well, I could see more and more such cars in Poland, as well recently (July 2004).

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    Original Soviet Lada!

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 21, 2004

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    ORIGINAL  SOVIET  LADA  (ZSIGULI)

    It took me some time to find any original Soviet car in Veisiejai in 2004 but I found it parked close to city Town Hall: original, elephant-yellow Soviet Lada called Zsiguli in former Soviet Union in contrast to different, better (but still poor) quality Lada produced for export. I am enough old to remember Zsiguli's countries from 70' and 80': esp. the Soviet Union, Hungary and Bolgaria. Really, brilliant example of the best quality of powerful state of ever lasting happines which ruled over half of our globe.

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    Old :-( and new :-)

    by matcrazy1 Written Jul 21, 2004

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    BUS  STOP

    This is a bus stop in Veisiejai. Previously it was cement, monumental and ugly bus shelter typical in former Soviet Union. But, look, they added light, sloping roof above. Now, the shelter looked much better.

    Are they going to roof all Soviet style bus shelters in Lithuania? Great idea! And do not forget to paint them, please :-). Hmm... what about post-Soviet huge and ugly apartment buildings, numerous in cities and towns?

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    What do they do in a park?

    by matcrazy1 Written Jul 21, 2004

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    DOING  NOTHING :-)

    Hmm... I met only this one young woman, on my picture, in the city park and she was sitting between two wooden statues (hmm... their shapes reminded... auto-censored) and was... doing nothing.

    Just in case... I have a few ideas on what to do there. Do you want the whole list or top 5? OK, my top 5:
    1. NOTHING,
    2. Lying on a grass (sleeping - awaking - eating - drinking - sleeping again),
    3. Playing/training (football, badminton),
    4. Walking/hiking/jogging,
    5. Censored by VT (it's a family page :-).

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    American lifestyle in Veisiejai?

    by matcrazy1 Written Jul 21, 2004

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    VEISIEJAI  CITY  PARK

    In the USA a grass in public parks is just for walking/sitting/liying on it. It's a part of American lifestyle. Am I wrong ? Walking on grass is usually banned in Europe, except in especially disignated and marked areas haha.

    But, no worries, city park in Veisiejai was in "American style" :-). Although you are in the heart of Europe, do walk on the grass!

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    Not so easy to find in 2004

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    ON  HIGHWAY  134  TO  VEISIEJAI

    It's not at all local custom but... I met this mean of transportation, on my picture, when I was driving highway 134 from Lazdijai to Veisiejai. Haha, I would like them to survive fast economic progress of Lithuania but... I doubt.

    I could see a horse and cart only a few times in Lithuania (in 2004) and esp. in that area of southern Lithuania. Nowadays they are even more difficult to find in Poland but... they are. Hmm... maintaining of a horse is more and more expensive and cars (esp. older than any horse) are relatively cheaper and cheaper. So... in a few years... who knows?

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