Blogs from Kaunas, Lithuania, Europe - page 3


Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas September 2nd 2009

Well, that night was unlike all other nights. Rolled-up towels do not, it turns out, make great pillows. We slept horribly and woke early, and even with a breakfast stop and a coffee stop we still managed to get on a 10 AM bus to Kaunas. We rolled into town midday and called the manager of our apartment, who came to pick us up at the bus station (!) and take us to the place. Wow! This place was one of the nicest of the journey so far -- beautiful decor, a fairly well-stocked kitchen, and no major structural problems. More importantly, its sleeping quarters passed muster. Awesome. The manager was also really friendly, and helpful too -- when we idly mentioned we were planning to take a train to Vilnius the next day, he told ... read more
Carrot Party

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas August 19th 2009

DOVYDAS NEVERAUSKAS SIGNS WITH THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES; FIRST LITHUANIAN IN HISTORY TO SIGN A CONTRACT WITH MLB TEAM 7/13/2009 For the first time in the history of Lithuanian Baseball, one of its own has signed a professional contract with an MLB squad. On July 9th Dovydas Neverauskas, a 16 year old pitcher from Vilnius, Lithuania, agreed to terms of a professional contract offered by the Pittsburgh Pirates, making him the first player in Lithuania's history to do so. Neverauskas agreed to sign with the Pirates only after considering proposals from several MLB Clubs. The 6-3, 170-pound flamethrower will pitch in the Florida Instructional League Program this fall and join the Pirates in Spring Training next year. Also receiving attention from several MLB Clubs was Edvardas Matusevicius, a hard-throwing RHP and outfielder who has also been ... read more

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas August 19th 2009

I returned to Lithuania after a long and restful, yet somehow also hectic and very busy, two months being home with family, grandparents, friends. It was a really great visit, and also special because Viktorija traveled with me and it was her first visit to the U.S. It was fun and exciting to see her experience my home for the first time, and especially to notice the ‘firsts’ that she found most exciting. Things, for example, that you don’t see/have in Lithuania that I never thought about. A short list: fireflies, turtles (she never saw them in the wild!), skinks, krispykreme donuts, 'Tide' stainremover pens…… I always thrive on traveling and transitioning, though it can be stressful and uprooting it also provides time and space to slow down and think and relax a bit. On Friday ... read more

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas June 5th 2009

Sveiki!!! Life and baseball in Kaunas, Lithuania, rolls on. Kaunas is still undefeated in both Lithuanian and Interleague games, but all of this might change as our US Tour approaches and the competition stiffens. Not to forget also that we have two tough games to close close out the first half of the season against Vilnius Logipolija. It has been two busy weeks of hosting MLB Envoy Coaches and CFS End of Year Trips!!! So here are a few updates!!! *********************************** 3 LITHUANIANS INVITED TO MLB EUROPEAN ACADEMY, TIRENNIA, ITALY, AUGUST 11TH-29TH!! For the second year in a row two young talents from Vilnius Logipolija Baseball Club, Edvardas Matusevicius (outfielder position) and Dovydas Neverauskas (pitcher position), have been selected to attend the 2009 MLB European Academy in Tirrennia, Italy, this summer (featured photo). In addition, Lukas ... read more
Sam Dempster

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas May 21st 2009

I have been in Lithuania for probably its most crippling economic period since their post-occupation economic growth began just after the fall of the Soviet Union in the early ‘90’s. Teaching English at a small English school in the center of town, on ‘Freedom Avenue’, a pedestrian street that stretches the length of the whole downtown of Kaunas, I have seen shop after shop close down. And they all have a common series of events. First a sign goes up saying ‘sale’, then big circle-shaped ads in bold colors advertising that everything is on sale. 50%, 60%, 70% ‘nuolaidos’ (discount). Then a week later the shop is closed, completely empty, sign taken down, with stickered letters posted across the windows spelling out ‘isnuomuojame’, which means ‘for rent’, followed by a phone number. And you know no ... read more

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas May 21st 2009

As summer arrives, time seems to be moving faster and faster. A week flies by, seeming like just a few days. A few interesting events regarding Lithuanian Baseball: May 28-June 5: Sam Dempster, a Major League Baseball Envoy Coach, will be giving baseball clinics to youth ages 13-18 in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Utena, Lithuania. This is an exciting 'first' for Lithuanian Baseball, to host an MLB coach. We hope it will be a great experience both for the visiting coach and for the players involved. June 8-24th: Kaunas Lituanica Baseball Club travels to the US!!! We will be playing against semi-pro teams in Chicago as well as in Davenport, Iowa!! We will be playing an 8-game schedule, seeing two Chicago White Sox games, and getting to visit Chicago! This will be the first trip to the ... read more

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas May 13th 2009

Hi everybody, I am back and there is much to write about. I want to let you know that, for the moment atleast, my blog will take a slight twist. It will once again become a bit more baseball-oriented. This is because, yet again, my life has become more baseball-oriented as well. I have been here in Lithuania since January; I arrived in the bittery cold winter, near-zero temperatures, heading directly to Juodkrante with Viktorija and family to celebrate the New Year with family by drinking champagne, dancing in the bitter cold around a huge decorated christmas tree in the square near the the town church. Speakers blaring with traditional and contemporary lithuanian tunes, hands clasped as we formed human chains encircling the huge pine, lighting off sparklers and waving them in the air like we ... read more
Vilnius Cadets 3rd place finish

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas May 13th 2009

A few highlights from the first few weeks of games: ************************* LITHUANIAN CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK 2: LITUANICA (KAUNAS) AND VIKINGAS (VILNIUS) TAKE TWO FROM LOGIPOLIJA AND VETRA Kaunas Lituanica extended their record to 4-0 in ’09 Championship Play with two wins over Vilnius Logipolija this weekend, beating Logipolija 13-7, 16-5 in two games. In game 1 Will Gordon and Marijus Dargis shared the pitching duties for Lituanica, recording 11 strikeouts and giving up only 4 hits in 9 innings. Lituanica outmatched Logipolija, recording 16 hits on the game, led by strong hitting performances by Audrius Beliauskas (3-5, 2B, R, 4 RBI) Gediminas Sabalius (4-6, 2 2B, 2R), and Arunas Dankovskis (2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI). In game 2 Arturas Eimutis of Lituanica got his first victory of the season, with Aivaras Jacyna pitched 3 solid ... read more

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas October 14th 2008

In Kaunas, hanging out this evening until our 23:30 bus to Warsaw. Here are some of our photos from St. Petersburg, Riga, Vilnius, and Kaunas. They appear in reverse chronological order. Photos from Halong Bay, Hong Kong, Mongolia, and the rest of Russia are coming soon!... read more
.5 Liters Beer, .5 Liters Grog
Amanda and St. Michael the Archangel
Kaunas Archdiocese Guesthouse

Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas October 6th 2008

Growing up in North Carolina, living just outside Durham in a house in the woods surrounded by lots of woods and plants and space to roam and explore, I felt like I was pretty in touch with nature. I spent hours upon end building forts, hiking and exploring, looking for spiders and other insects, doing all sorts of things in the forest. There weren’t many ‘rules’ given to me/us, but there was one very clear one that we all knew from a very early age: never pick mushrooms. Don’t pick them, and certainly don’t eat them, because they are almost all poisonous and many of them deadly. So just stay away from them, and NEVER put them in your mouth. In fact this is the only rule I remember from childhood when playing in the woods, ... read more

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