Mingė village

Ok, this story is very funny. First of all, I am going to talk about a little village in south western part of Lithuania, near the Minija river, which flows through the Klaipeda town (third town in Lithuania, near the Baltic Sea). The village is really small, there are about 30 houses and the same amount of native families, living there... so where is the whole fun? First of all, there are no streets in this village.

Ok, this story is very funny. First of all, I am going to talk about a little village in south western part of Lithuania, near the Minija river, which flows through the Klaipeda town (third town in Lithuania, near the Baltic Sea). The village is really small, there are about 30 houses and the same amount of native families, living there… so where is the whole fun? First of all, there are no streets in this village.

How come? The village is situated near the river, to be precise – in both sides of Minija river. The street is the river itself, and I was astonished when I saw an old lady on the other side of the river screaming “do you have extra eggs?” to the lady in my side of the river, and when the second woman said “yes”, the first one asked her grandchild to swim to the other side to the neighbors’ house to borrow those eggs for… pancakes or other stuff. You can not believe what I am telling? Please, trust me – there’s only a river, and if you would like to go with a car to borrow those eggs, it would take you about 15 minutes, as you would have to drive the big “loop” track, till you arrive at your destination. Natives talk that they do not use boats to get to the other side of the river, they just swim. They have special cases to carry things through water… And in winter time, they use special boats to go to the other part of the village without moving like a crazy cow on the ice. Funny, right? One more thing, if you like fishing, this village has something extra for you – there is a special house for fishermen, where they can sleep and go to some kind of “fishing” trips in the area.

There are “river taxis” also, but as the place is not very famous in tourist-level (till now), those taxi drivers can sleep all day long. One more funny thing – about 30 years ago, when Lithuania was part of Russia, Russian politicians or other Big people thought, that it would be very good to build a bridge. And now the funny part of this story – natives talk, that those builders where drinking everyday, that is why the bridge is built not over the river, but just like a simple road in one side of the river! It is useless today, but the story makes it a thing to laugh at… Oh, okay. Take the road to Šilutė town, where you can find a interesting church (check out my Lomolocation), and then take the road to “Ventės Ragas” or “Mingė” village. It will head you to the Minija river, which, as you now all know, is even the street of a crazy Lithuanian village.

http://www.minges.lt/
http://www.mingeskaimas.com/EN/

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written by jogintas on 2008-04-27 in #world #locations #food #culture #analog

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