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Published: October 11th 2017
When the Baltics won their freedom from USSR, they formed a human chain through Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania all holding hands in celebration of no more Soviet occupation.
We are in the country of Lithuania tonight. I like it! The vibe here is good and the buildings – everywhere – are gorgeous. It’s like walking around a fake town and our hotel isn’t even in the “old towne” section. Their “normal” buildings are beautiful. Kamie & I walked around town on our own for a couple of hours during lunch today and then at 3pm we took a group tour of the Museum of Genocide or the KGB Museum. This is the original prison that was the headquarters for the Gestapo during the German occupation and the headquarters for the KGB during the Russian occupation. I will tell the stories below the pictures but I warn you, they are extremely sad. At one point during the basement prison tour, I felt it was too much sadness and horribleness to continue reading everything. It is almost unfathomable that an entire group of people were killed and tortured just because of their religion. I wish we would have known how depressing this tour was going to be because we would have skipped it. We signed-up for the tour to see the spy equipment and learn about that aspect of the KGB
side street by our hotel
(which we did) however, the tour included three floors one of which was nothing but padded cells, water torture cells, extermination rooms, etc… Terrible.
Our hotel here in Vilnius, Lithuania is ultra hipster. We have beautiful views of a castle, gorgeous churches, and other interesting architecture from our hotel windows. I’ve included a couple of pictures.
Dinner tonight was with the group here in the hotel. Veal for Kamie, chicken for me…. Both plates included lots of beets as side dishes – red, yellow and white beets. Kamie & I decided the only thing we miss (besides Simon and Scaredy) is my home cooking…. But I wouldn’t mind a tall, iced Dr Pepper right now and dinner that didn’t take 2.5 hours.
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