Weekend walks with a dog. Užupis

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania. Užupis is the most attractive neighbourhood of Vilnius. I love the spirit of Užupis, probably because I’ve spent 4 years studying there in Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts. I like the spirit of it, the style, the people (it is mostly artists lived in area, although more and more people are interested in living here). No shopping centres here as well.

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Other thing which is attractive for me about Užupis is the community. Since mostly artists (poets, writers and painters) live there and the neighbourhood itself is located in very cozy small area it is quite clear they know each other very well. In 1997 on April the 1st Užupis people decided to declare it as independent Republic. They have their own president, flag, logo, even visa (as a tourist you can get one in your passport as well) and constitution which I find super close to my own beliefs.

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The board with constitution is hanged in public so everyone can see it and read it. It is translated in 21 language (including English, Italian, Turkish, Norvegian, Tibetian, Arabian, Finnish), so everyone could understand it.

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It basically says you have all rights you want or need if it is not harming anyone and anything around. Read those yourselves and find your favourite:

1. Everyone has the right to live by the River Vilnelė, and the River Vilnelė has the right to flow by everyone.
2. Everyone has the right to hot water, heating in winter and a tiled roof.
3. Everyone has the right to die, but this is not an obligation.
4. Everyone has the right to make mistakes.
5. Everyone has the right to be unique.
6. Everyone has the right to love.
7. Everyone has the right not to be loved, but not necessarily.
8. Everyone has the right to be undistinguished and unknown.
9. Everyone has the right to idle.
10. Everyone has the right to love and take care of the cat.
11. Everyone has the right to look after the dog until one of them dies.
12. A dog has the right to be a dog.
13. A cat is not obliged to love its owner, but must help in time of nee[d].
14. Sometimes everyone has the right to be unaware of their duties.
15. Everyone has the right to be in doubt, but this is not an obligation.
16. Everyone has the right to be happy.
17. Everyone has the right to be unhappy.
18. Everyone has the right to be silent.
19. Everyone has the right to have faith.
20. No one has the right to violence.
21. Everyone has the right to appreciate their unimportance. [In Lithuanian this reads Everyone has the right to realize his negligibility and magnificence.]
22. No one has the right to have a design on eternity.
23. Everyone has the right to understand.
24. Everyone has the right to understand nothing.
25. Everyone has the right to be of any nationality.
26. Everyone has the right to celebrate or not celebrate their birthday.
27. Everyone shall remember their name.
28. Everyone may share what they possess.
29. No one can share what they do not possess.
30. Everyone has the right to have brothers, sisters and parents.
31. Everyone may be independent.
32. Everyone is responsible for their freedom.
33. Everyone has the right to cry.
34. Everyone has the right to be misunderstood.
35. No one has the right to make another person guilty.
36. Everyone has the right to be individual.
37. Everyone has the right to have no rights.
38. Everyone has the right to not to be afraid.
39. Do not defeat.
40. Do not fight back.
41. Do not surrender.

My favourite is number 24.

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Few other facts about Užupis:

The name Užupis means – “the one on the other side of the river”. The whole old town is based on one side of the river Vilnelė (the city got name “Vilnius” because of this river), and Užupis is located on another.

Užupis community is supporting Tibet independence and culture – there is a Tibet culture centre, Tibet square, even Dalai Lama visited Užupis last year.

Every year on April the 1st Užupis celebrates it’s birthday. Quite a festival with concerts, workshops, galeries is involving all Vilnius citizens and guests that day.

For me it is very nice place to go for a walk and listen to the silence with no traffic, shops, commercials, or other noise. Our wedding photoshoot also took place here.

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