Last summer I was playing baseball in Lithuania, coaching in Moscow, hitching through Bavaria, and working construction in the South of France. Who knows what this summer will bring.
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Welcome!This is the front entrance to the summer camp where I have been teaching baseball to kids ages 8-16 for the past six weeks. It is called Mercurijaus, and is owned by Arvydas Sabonis, a famous Lithuanian basketball player-turned-entrepeneur.
the baseball fieldto be more precise, I don't play with the kids at the camp. We use a soccer field in the center of an old run-down summer camp that is no longer functioning. There are beer bottles everywhere, the buildings are looted and falling apart....the day we went to scope out the place the first thing I found there was a gas mask. Not to paint a grim picture or anything, but it is a truly unique 'stadium.'
AkropolisThis is the huge mall just completed near Old Town in Kaunas. It was actually constructed on a site where stood a few buildings that were protected as historic structures......the developers maneuvered around this problem by building the mall on top of those buildings, incorporating them into the inside of the structure (and putting shops in some of the old buildings!). Inside is one of two megaplex cinemas. I have been going to a lot of movies while in Kaunas. My favorite movie of the summer so far was Die Hard IV.
playing catchAndrius, Viktorija's brother, had his pitching debut earlier this summer. (Shortly thereafter he broke his finger and has been not been able to play since). Here we are discussing the subtle nuances of throwing a baseball......
Tea with grandparentsWe had tea with Vika's grandparents. They were in Kaunas for a traditional Lithuanian Dance festival. They stayed in an elementary school that had been set up as a hostel for the visiting dancers.