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Vilnius CS Host
They are Egle, Vytautas and Mindaugas (from left to right) and 1 cat 1 dog (although it looks like a kangaroo) in the picture.
They are my CS Host in Vilnius and they are all Lithuanians. Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and it is my last stop in the Baltics countries. I will head to Warsaw next.
Egle is a social worker. Vytautas who sits next to her works full time and they are couple.
Egle and Mindaugas are childhood friends. Mindaugas is a college student and he’s gay. 3 of them and 2 cats 1 dog live together.
The home in Vilnius is around 800 square feet. Egle and Vytautas have one room and Mindaugas has his own room. I sleep in the living room.
I was shocked when I stepped into their home and want to leave immediately. The building they are living is under repairing and dust are literately flying in the air. 3 of them are smokers and they smoke like breathing at home. My sofa bed in the living room are covered with cat and dog hair. I can’t breathe because of my allergic rhinitis.
I was really depressed in the first night. I was coughing and running nose the whole night plus there are 2 cats fighting all night. I can’t really sleep and considering to leave earlier than scheduled.
Egle invited me to pick mushrooms in the woods the next day. The air was fresh and the weather is fine and it’s feel good. She saw me clam down and start explaining. There was a party at night before the day I arrived. Wine bottles, cigarettes and drugs are all over the place. Everybody has to rush to office the next day so no time for cleaning. She promised to keep one cat at her room at night so no cat can fight and I would have a peaceful environment to sleep.
I appreciated Egle thoughtfulness and the cats didn’t fight at night and my nose were gradually adapted. I felt much better.
Living condition was never a problem but the human are always the crucial key. A brush can deal with the cat and dog hair. Living room became a temporary non-smoking zone solved the problem. I was in a foreign country and moved by their thoughtfulness.
Although there are no mushrooms to pick in the woods but Egle and I have a nice chat. I found Egle’s weed story very interesting. Egle is slightly fat. She would feel starve after using weed. The consequence of eating too much is a slightly fat body. She said the weed react differently on different people. Her own illusions was hard to describe. Her five senses were both connected and disconnected like green grass became colorful and wind tasted sweet. She was in a dream and she was not in a dream.
Egle was clam and open when she talked of her weed experience. Her casual attitude on weed was very different of the impression I had in Hong Kong. Weed had a very bad impression in the mainstream impression in Hong Kong. I have never heard a positive saying on weed in Hong Kong. And traveling is to open the horizons. Something no body talked about in Hong Kong are actually very casual in foreign countries. The truth are not always just one if different sayings can be heard.
Egle and I went to a little greenhouse to see butterflies. We had a walk in the downtown Vilnius. We even dine in a restaurant (very unusual for a lone traveller). I greatly appreciated Egle company. Egle was very good in observing people as a social worker and she is full of empathy (she knew I didn’t sleep well because of the cats) and would compromised (to keep a cat in her room).
I found myself like to be accommodated by other people. When I looked back to my ‘bad’ experience in Tallinn, I knew Kadir (my Tallinn host) is a strong person. I didn’t get along with her because we both didn’t compromise. I hope I can be strong with tender on my own stand point and thinking of other people angles and face life with both pride and humble in the future.