Užupis, the “Independent Republic” (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Today’s album contains photos of Užupis, the bohemian enclave of Vilnius (capital of Lithuania) that says it’s its own country. The Užupian constitution, posted in the street in multiple languages, contains points like “Everyone has the right to die, but this is not an obligation,” “Everyone has the right to look after the dog until one of them dies,” “A cat is not obliged to love its owner, but must help in time of need,” and some serious ones like “No one has the right to violence” and “Everyone is responsible for their freedom.”

Some Lithuanians say it’s more a place for rich wannabe artists to live than real artists (since it’s currently one of the most expensive places to live in Vilnius). At least it’s interesting, though, and they seem to bring a lot of fun—in the form of art and music festivals and other celebrations–to the (already great) city of Vilnius.

Complete Set of Posts/Albums from the 2008 Baltics trip:

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