20190707_095654 The ruins on the riverbank
While visiting Lithuania this time, I revisited some places I frequented in my childhood, but this time I wanted to see the nooks and corners of familiar spaces that I had never seen before. It's like, you live in your city, you go to the same places every day, you walk or ride a bus down the same streets, but you never check what's behind the buildings you pass every day. I used to ride a trolleybus to a music school 3-4 times a week after my regular school classes; the route went up the Kosciuškos street, parallel to the Neris river, but I never checked what was behind the buildings that lined the riverbank. Well, obviously, behind them was the river. But there was also a walkway that went along the backs of those buildings. Yet for whatever reason it just didn't figure into my perception of the world: it was simply missing from my map of the world.
And so when I came to Vilnius this time, I wanted to see what was there. I found a combination of ruins and still-functional buildings, all appearing to have been built sometime around the middle of last century. They were separated from the riverbank by a tall fence, sitting at a distance from the street. I could not tell if they were offices or apartment buildings, and whether they were still in use, except for those that had empty window holes. Such as these.
I like how the buildings are peeking from behind one another, nestled against the hill.
A little further down the riverbank, I found a Japanese garden. It was created by a Lithuanian designer of Japanese gardens who had studied Japanese garden design in Kyoto. Unfortunately, it is only open for a few hours on Sundays, and with our packed schedule I couldn't make it there during the extremely narrow open window.