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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius September 6th 2007

Well i had doubts about writing this entry or not as i am still having problems in being away from Canada. Yes, it was one year ago !!!! the day i arrived in Canada and started the self discovery journey that brought me to Lithuania. One year ago i was arriving on Calgary international airport full of excitement and with high targets for the future. Evaluating my last year i can say it was full, full of good moments and also not so happy ones but all together it was a lifetime experience. I have traveled to Canada, Poland, France, Slovakia, Czech republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and i also went home for a few months so i can put down Romania as well, 10 countries in one year. I made new friends, loads of ... read more
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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius September 6th 2007

Today we got up and dressed in comfortable clothes in readiness for our journey to Vilnius. Breakfast was delicious again and appreciated more for it being our last. We went to catch the bus to Juodkrante but found that it only ran every other hour, so we had a rather pleasant hour reading by the lagoon in the sun. Juodkrante was rather fun. We left our bags in a random hotel and set off up witch's hill. This is a walk around a forest, but there are statues of witches, goblins etc scattered around. Some of the favourites included a seesaw, a slide and a really cool bench. After getting the ferry back to Klaipeda, we grabbed some food from a supermarket and headed for the train. Our train left Klaipeda at five and we arrived ... read more
Fun carved bench
Always getting chewed ...silly duckie
Battling the Dragon

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius September 2nd 2007

The title sounds a bit disturbing doesn't it? actually i wish a had a better one, one that could express what i feel better but i don't. Yesterday i was outside contemplating...Autumn is here, leafs are brown, remembering "Hazy Shade of Winter" from Simon and Garfunkel...Cultures..."Peace corps" and pioneers ...uuu big Word. I was thinking about Peace corps Volunteers coming to Eastern Europe right after 1989, or just people wanting to see what Eastern Europe is. But still Peace corps Volunteers were in my mind, coming to an ex communist country and trying to change something...to help...teach...discover...they were probably the pioneers...Than another thought hit me...how did they adapt? They were coming for 1 or 2 years....just like AIESEC internships. wow there was such a big difference in culture back then, Thinking about Romania only 17 ... read more
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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius August 24th 2007

Yet Another Flavor of Baltic…Oh, It’s Yummy Each of the Baltic states is similar yet, once you’ve scratched the surface, there are subtle differences. As I noted in our last entry, Latvia is a spend happy cousin of the Estonian. Both have an aftertaste of Communism in their crumbling buildings and left over poverty but both have a young, fresh dose of liberation which is leading to growth both economically and personally. Estonia wishes to break away from its Russian roots and is, almost, cussedly independent while it feels like the Latvians hold on to their Communist roots a little tighter. Kel and I were both excited to see what differences Lithuania had to offer. Rumor has stated that Lithuanians were the cheeky cousins of the other states near by. Often referred to as the ... read more
The Right Rights
Trakai Castle
Baroque At Its Best

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius August 24th 2007

Even though "Senna" and "Prost" drove at break neck speed to try and make up time. We arrived in Vilnius at 10.30am one hour late. After a sleepless night, aching all over but with a smile on our faces (Thanks to "Fric" and "Frac") Had a wonderful welcome from the lady at the bus station who told us off for putting one of our bags on the grass whilst we got our bearings - wasn't as if it was a nice bit of grass!!!!. So if anyone decides to sit on that bit of wall to the left of the station, beware she's a tyrant........... Finally found our "Ahostel" after being sent from one to the other, there are 3 that are only streets apart. We were pleasantly surprised, the honeymoon suite with a little ... read more
Lovely room (Honeymoon Suite)
Ausro Vartai (Gate of Dawn)
Through the Arch

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Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius August 5th 2007

With our eyes firmly set on the coast we rode north from Warsaw with the hope of some beach bumming before heading into the depths of Siberia. On route we passed through Biebrza National Park, a large river delta area, and Poland’s largest national park. Our plans to take the scenic route through the park and spot the elusive black stork (czarny bochin) were foiled when the road we had intended to take was under flood. Nigel attempted to prove to me that it was in fact ride-able, and took his first tumble of the trip, which would have been very entertaining except for the fact that his precious video camera had been submerged, and Cycle Touring TV was nearly no more! A rapid first aid on the camera was performed when the bike had exited ... read more
Collecting wood
Monastery in Wigry
Sculptures in Wigry

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 30th 2007

Tired and cramped we arrived in Vilnius after the overnight bus journey. We made our way directly to our hostel where we went straight to bed for a few hours to recover. A few hours later and feeling better we set out to explore Vilnius. Neither of us knew much about Lithuania, I remember hearing about all the run ins they had with the USSR, when they tried to regain their independence, but I was quite young and didn't really understand what was going on. The city was certainly nice and good-looking, and boasted one of the largest old town centres in Europe. One thing we immediately noticed was the old town didn't seem particularly old. A great amount of work seemed to be under-way in order to (at least from what we could see), make ... read more
Angel
Artwork
Creepy

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 24th 2007

Early morning I wake up - around 5:30 - probably because of my less than pleasant sleeping position: as we put the tent up on a slight slope, my head is actually about 10cm lower than my feet, which didn't make for a great night's sleep. Then I realise: it's 6:30! Forgot about the time difference again, I really must change my clock forward. As Hans is up as well, we decide to just get up, pack away our stuff and flee the still mosquito-infested meadow. In the next town on the way, Eliskes, we stop to get some cake for breakfast which we then, along with the obligatory coffee, have for breakfast a little bit further down the road. The following 30km go by fast: a slight wind from the side, good road conditions, and ... read more
Going shopping...
Just one hour to go!
The rain's a-comin!

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 14th 2007

Catching taxis in Vilnius is not as easy as it sounds.... First of all, you can't hail them down: they will not stop to pick you up. Why? I don't know. Second, it costs more (perhaps even double) to catch a taxi before 8 or 9am and after 10pm....Maybe they just see the tourist dollars. I asked a local boy what the story was, and this is what he told me: " The best way to catch a taxi is to call for it. It is cheaper. If you get into a taxi in the street, they will charge you more. And they won't stop to pick you up" It doesn't make any sense. But there you are. You just need to stand next to a vacant taxi, call their number from your handy mobile, and ... read more

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 14th 2007

Another old town, and to be honest by now we’re a little old town fatigued. Sort of like travelling in Asia and grimacing at the thought of seeing another temple, or Tibet and visiting yet another monastery - we’re just hankering for something different. So to be honest we didn’t spend too much time lingering around here. Instead our Lithuanian hosts Danielius and Grazina took us out to the countryside for a taste of something a little different. We took a day trip out to nearby Kernave which is the site of manmade hillforts that date from the Bronze Age until the end of the 14th Century. The Kernave Hillforts are pretty mind boggling due to the fact that the hills were literally manmade. Large quantities of soil were reallocated to form hills; a place of ... read more
Trakai Castle and Lake
Gateway to Uzupis
Bridge of Locks




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