Arimaičių EžJune 19 in Lithuania ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C
We've stayed at so many lakeshore parking areas in Lithuania we are almost forgetting how lucky we are to be able to do so. Tonight's spot at Arimaičių Lake is yet another of these lovely venues, backed by trees and fronted by water.
Now that we have visited the capital city, our plan is to head back west towards Lake Plateliai for their midsummer celebrations. We got a reasonable number of kilometres under our belts today, stopping at the biggest Maxima supermarket Will could find on route. We've gravitated towards the Maximas because the largest ones in some areas have been the only places we've found selling a range of organic produce. They also have a selection of vegan products such as cheese alternatives that we haven't seen elsewhere. How and where our food is grown and sourced is important to us and we are finding it difficult to balance our desire to support smaller local shops here in Lithuania with our aim to eat a healthy diet that has as few as possible negative effects on animal welfare and the environment.
Interestingly we noticed a sign at the checkout stating the legal minimum age for purchasing alcohol was 20 years old. When researching this we found that the alcohol law was changed in January 2018, increasing the age for purchase and consumption from 18 to 20, banning advertisement, restricting permitted hours of sale (10am-8pm 6 days a week and 10am-3pm Sundays), limiting the strength sold at outdoor restaurants, fairs and exhibitions to 13% and from 2020 banning the sale on beaches and at sports events. We knew the Scandinavian countries of Norway and Sweden have strict rules, but hadn't previously been aware of these changes to tackle alcohol abuse in Lithuania. In contrast cigarettes were on display for sale to 18 year olds at less than £3 for a pack of 20.
Once we'd parked up at Arimaičių Lake the temperature in the van began to creep up, sliding quickly past the 30°C mark. There was a nice sandy beach not far away so Will cooled off in the water with the other bathers before finding some shade to fish from.
The following day he took Vicky for a paddle in the canoe. Vast swathes of Yellow Water Lilies covered the surface near to shore, rigid stalks holding their simple bright blooms above the green pads to catch the attention of passing insects. Red coloured dragonflies buzzed quickly by, their clumsy flights occasionally leading to collisions with the canoe.
Much of the lake surroundings were rural, but we passed the occasional building, including a hostel with a metal water slide and a
holiday home with wood fired hot tub and stone pizza oven. We would almost feel tempted to settle down were it ours!
Evening came and thunder grumbled quietly in the background, competing with the boom of a nearby Bittern, but there was no sign of rain to cool the hot, dry earth.Read more