Soviet Amusement Park, Lithuania

In Kaunas, Lithuania, there is a too much overlooked semi abandoned Soviet amusement park.  Tucked away up a hill, behind a park; it was kind of difficult to find.  Definitely not something you would just stumble on.  When I heard about it, I knew that is was something I would want to check out.  These are the things that I like to see, and the things that make me pretty sure I would be unhappy sipping a fruity drink with an umbrella at an all inclusive resort.  Well.  Maybe unhappy is a strong word… unsatisfied?  If I looked back and that’s all my trip was.  But fruity drinks at a resort sounds pretty sweet right now…  Looking forward to the end of winter…

ANYWAY.

Amusement park.  Now, I’m not sure if it was designed this way specifically, or if it was just  happy accident for the Soviets, but in order to get to the amusement park, you had to walk up about a million stairs.

lith7There were even more stairs than that.  But you get the idea.  Once I got to the top of the stairs, completely winded, I was met with what would have been a little kid’s dream at some other time.  Some of the rides were quite obviously no longer in working condition.

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But some of them were still operating.  There was a woman still working this ride.  She looked pretty lonely. I wanted to go and ride the giraffe, just to give her something to do… but perhaps that would have been weird.

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I also really liked this little car ride.  The cars were so basic, but I knew that little kids would love it!  I liked the little car, but I think most of the kids would probably like the motorcycle the best.

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Now, the one ride that I thought was the coolest was the non-Ferris wheel.  The wheel?  What do you call these contraptions if it was not designed by Ferris?

lith1Or, would it be called a Ferris wheel anyway?  I’m unsure how what entails that classification.  But I really liked this wheel… it was cute, and not too tall.  As a child afraid of heights, I may not have even freaked out if taken on this one.

There was also a very odd “fun house”… It boasted curvy mirrors to make you look weird, and a table and chairs, possibly for arts and crafts or some kind of game.  This was clearly still open to kids, but there was no one there.

lith2All in all, it was really fun for me.  The park also had a big pool, and an infinity walking path, where you could walk along the never ending figure 8 for as long as you wanted.  It was kind of surreal to be in a place that represented so much fun, but for it to be just overgrown, and completely silent and empty.

Cats, Turkey

One thing I noticed while I was traveling around, particularly in the Balkans, was the amount of stray cats around most cities.  Some places, you couldn’t go very far at all without nearly tripping over a cat.  Istanbul was one of those places.  There were cats everywhere.  Which was awesome, because I love cats!!

Now, I think many people have a preconceived notion on what a stray cat looks like.  Something scraggly…  Thin, maybe missing some fur in places.  Perhaps, a protruding tooth.

These cats were some of the nicest looking cats I’ve ever seen in my life.
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See?  Super pretty cats.

Now, some of the cats were questionably homeless.  This little girl seemed to live in a shop.  But we couldn’t quite figure out if she actually lived there, or if, perhaps, it had just snuck into the shop and curled up in the window.  I mean, how often do you actually look in the window when you’re working in a shop?

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This one actually did live in a shop.  She was a shop cat.  And super friendly.  I don’t know how that would impact sales.  I think it would make me go in more… but, I think I would also be so distracted that I would never buy anything.  Thinking back on it now, I can’t remember anything in the shop.  Though I think there were clothes there.
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These cats wanted to be shop cats. But alas. Street cat.
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Sometimes all the cats would group together. Not sure if they were planning on attacking the next person that walked down that alley, or what. But it wasn’t the only time I saw that. Strength in numbers, I suppose.
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This is skeptical cat. Skeptical cat doesn’t know why you’re taking it’s picture. It’s not angry, it’s just pretty sure you’re wasting your time. Skeptical cat thinks you should be doing something else.