Oras ira shaltas! And it is really really cold outside. The best time to write a blog…so much easier to concentrate! Anyway, After four months of being housemates, Ali Jaffar, our friend and volunteer is ending his journey in Marijampole, Lithuania. I am writing this blog about him as a farewell letter and for others who read our blogs, I will try to remember one best story and describe it as briefly as possible.
So, we rented a car and drove all the way to Vilnius to see the Christmas tree lightning ceremony. Ali had just came back from Paris and he was waiting for us in Vilnius. Finally, we reached Vilnius, parked the car at Pylimo g. and walked down to old town. We enjoyed the ceremony, walked around the tree and the old town, drank some tea in Vero Cafe and continued our way back to the car. Ali, as usually, followed us all the way to the car to see goodbye (he was staying in Vilnius that day). Out of the cold, we walked to the car as fast as possible, reached the place finally, gave a hug to Ali, set in the car and wow, the car engine does not start! I tried it multiple times but it didn’t start again. It is like 1 o’clock at night and I already start imagining how Gvantsa and I freeze to death in the car and people find our bodies dead in the car next morning.
But Ali completely ruined all of my expectations about death: He started to approach some random people, shouting “Atsiprashau” from a long distance and asking how to start the car back again. Then we realized we simply needed the special cables (See the photo attached) and another car. Ali continued approaching people, knocking on their car doors and asking for help. I was trying to stop him by telling that what he did was weird, strange – approaching people in the middle of a night and asking for cables and a car.
Ali never listened, haha. Finally, he came back with some good news. He said: “This woman told me to call a taxi…they usually have those cables with them and would help us”. I was absolutely shocked. Anyway, now we start another round of running around to get a taxi to help start the engine. We stopped a few of them,but none agreed to help us in an issue like that. I was completely frozen but worried more about Gvantsa, who was really tired and cold. Anyway, I asked Ali to stop running around chasing the taxi cars and simply think for another way to solve a problem. He never agreed. I went back to the car in order to start the engine. It never worked again. After a few minutes, I see Ali bringing a taxi towards the parking area. I did not believe to my eyes. I ran to the taxi and showed him the way.
In 15 minutes, our car was out from the parking area, working like an Arabic horse full of energy! I gave 5 Euros to the taxi driver for help (people would never have asked you for money if you did this in Georgia though, so I was kind of surprised when he asked for some money, but still, i was grateful to that man for such a help), gave a huge hug to Ali and said: “Thank you, Ali for saving us” and drove back home.
Yes, Ali is very stubborn sometimes. He does what he believes is right and he does it with a huge enthusiasm. He had a hotel booked in Vilnius. He did not have to help us at all, but guess what: He did it. Ali proved, that sometimes being stubborn is not that bad…but only sometimes, haha. I asked him multiple times to stop chasing around, but he never did. He did his best to get someone and he achieved his goal. It may not seem like an important thing to do, but at that moment, when we were all freezing, it definitely saved our lives.
I am attaching some photos taken with Ali. Enjoy:
Yes, he smiles…sometimes : ))
Getting ready for Kaunas!
Everyone smiles…except Ali, haha
Everyone smiles, except Ali, part 2
This is how you cut the onions: using swimming glasses
Everyone smiles, except Ali, part 3