One of the nice things about visiting a city regularly is that you can catch up on old friend and acquaintances – if you can find them.
This time it wasn’t an eating place I was looking for but an artist’s studio on the corner of šv Kazimierz g. where I met Cica, the artist, playing a vinyl record by Dave Stewart and Candy Dufler over and over again, particularly the haunting track “Lily was here”.
But no sign of Cica and certainly no Lily. The studio was now a fashion design studio. I went inside and asked but the staff didn’t know where he’d gone. I eventually found him on Facebook when I got home so hope he is well?
It’s perhaps no surprise he has gone as the area is undergoing a process of gentrification.
I’d already noticed the refurbished buildings next to the derelict church on Savičiaus g.
Then as I turned the corner and walked up Bokšto g. towards the old artillery bastion (basteja) I saw new walls rising above the old ones.