After arriving to Vilnius at the end of Day 2, my coworker (who has lived in the city for quite some time) took me out to dinner to show me the hospitality of the town.
Needless to say, Day 3 started, well, slow...
Once I got up and rolling, the biggest relief was not needing to be on the run to catch planes, trains, automobiles, or other forms of transportation. I finally have a comfortably long stay in one place.
As one does the first morning in a European town - I looked up the nearest bakery for breakfast: Crustum. It did not disappoint. A little breakfast sandwich, a pastry for dessert, and an Americano to get things rolling.
After finishing my breakfast, I set out on my task list: explore the town a bit, look for a new winter coat, and grocery shopping.
My AirBnB for my stay is in the Old Town, which is beautiful. The old architecture, winding cobblestone streets, and palpable sense of history are always one of the most invigorating parts of the trips I've taken to Europe over the past two years. Vilnius didn't fall short of the other cities I've been to.
As I started to walk around, I passed a field trip in the works...
While walking the streets of Old Town Vilnius, I really took notice of the styles of architecture. Much of it reminded me of other cities further to the west, especially in Germany - but there was also a little bit more color and the churches have a little more flair. Not being an art or architecture historian, I can't get more descriptive - but I would say that it has (at least to me) a distinctly Eastern flavor mixed in.
One of the interesting things I noticed while walking around is that shops list their hours not by the names of the days of the week (Monday, Tuesday, etc.) but by numbers: I, II, III, and so on. The minimalist in me loves the take on the structure of the week. Except I don't know which one is "I." At least five of the days of the week, I think I can get right without a problem.
Among all the walking around town, I also survived a key experience of living in a foreign city: grocery shopping. Since I'll be saying put in a BnB for about two weeks, I invested in some everyday sundries: bread, fruit, breakfast things, dinner things, and so on. And I did self check-out and only made a minimal fool of myself (the credit card reader only gave directions in Lithuanian).