“We are travelling guys – “Travel Boys”. Adventurers and bloggers of positive emotions. By travelling, exploring and enjoying unfamiliar countries, we create content on social media for our followers”, this is how two popular bloggers from Norway Martin Solhaugen and Kim Sorensen visiting Kaunas for the first time introduce themselves.
“Our main channel is Instagram, we also use Youtube, where once a month we publish videos from our trips,” says Kim. “What are we broadcasting? The trips of two best friends, the coolest experiences and everything that’s in the word “friendship”.
One of their last trips was to Lithuania, a country they didn’t know too well, and even less known city – Kaunas. The travellers say that in the scope of two days they managed to get the vivid impression of Lithuanian culture which not only surprised them but also inspired to recommend this weekend trip to their friends and followers.
“What kind of Lithuania have we imagined?” It is possible to say that we did not have any stereotypes about Lithuanians or especially about Kaunas. Just as we arrived, the first hotel employee we met told us: “Welcome to the country of the fastest Internet. Let me show you the best room in the world!” A great start and a wonderful introduction of your country!”, smile the Norwegians, admitting that, indeed, the room was great and they could not complain about the Internet speed during their trip in Kaunas.
Kim and Martin admit that Kaunas surprised them more than once during the first hours here. “I imagined that almost no one will speak English, that the country and the city will be less progressive. On the contrary: it turned out that almost every person we met spoke English very well and every step was filled with technologies and modernity,” Kim shares his impressions.
“Kaunas reminded me of the cosy and beautiful Slovak city Martin – and not just visually but also with its spirit, friendly people and the vibe that the city was spreading”, adds Martin.
Street art, the most prominent examples of modernist architecture, the special Baroque spirit in the Pažaislis monastery, gourmet dining in restaurants and bistros, nightlife of clubs, a men’s hairdressers they visited – this is how the intense Norwegian weekend in Kaunas looked like.
“What left the greatest impression? Examples of modern architecture – Central Post Office and Bank of Lithuania building, colourful street art!”, smile the Norwegians.
According to the travellers, Norwegians usually choose Denmark, Sweden or mountains in their home country for weekend trips. Polish Krakow is usually chosen for entertainment, London is chosen for shopping, Iceland – for scenic adventures. “Now we could honestly say to our friends and followers that it is worth looking for new experiences here in Kaunas as well”, says Martin and Kim.
The Norwegians stayed in “Hof Hotel”, they also visited Kaunas State Philharmonic, Vytautas the Great War Museum and the Backyard Gallery. The guys were fascinated by Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery, the Garrison Church, Bank of Lithuania and Kaunas Central Post Office. They ate in restaurants “Višta Puode” (Chicken in a Bowl), “Monte Pacis”, “Hop Doc” and “Nüman”, spent their evening in the bar “Kamerinis” and had a haircut in the salon “Old Town Barbers”.
Wizz Air fly direct to Kaunas from Ålesund, Stavanger and Bergen in Norway. Check the schedule and book a flight here: www.wizzair.com.
All the photographs used in the article belong to Martin Solhaugen and Kim Sørensen. Follow their trips in Instagram:
VšĮ “Kaunas IN” invited Martin Solhaugen and Kim Sørensen to visit Kaunas