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Travel Blogs from Zarasai
... Then on the train to Russia a women from St. Petersburg is curious as to what I'm doing here. I ask her about the boarder control and how it works as I'm cutting it a bit fine with the start date. My visa starts on the 2nd December and I cross the boarder about 1.00am on that day. Hopefully the time difference won't cause any problems, although I've checked the schedule and I should be fine. First, the Latvian passport control woman comes round in uniform ...
... with signets that bite, pumpkins in the garden and blooming flowers,,, oh and a raspberry bush with ripe fruit on it.
Rita had ankle-biter dogs which were harmless. The other dogs of town barked your progress at every turn so there was no peaceful little walk to the cemetery.
On our free day I set off alone and walked through the forest to two different lakes, given some directions from locals in broken Russia and Lithuanian, where I could meditate and relax without ...
We are on a real campsite, one where we can get out the chairs and not be surrounded by trucks.
Kempingas Zarasai. The owner is charming and although has no English is very friendly.
Lithuania is incredibly clean and lakes every where. Completely different from the picture painted by a Lithuanian chap that stayed on the campsite with us last winter.
Latvia is almost the same although we only ...
... 2 streams and 2 large lakes, stopping on the way to climb a hill for the views and a small pagan ritual. Back in the canoes and on the last leg it started pouring with torrential rain. Seeing as everyone was already soaked when we reached shore we helped load the canoes back onto the trailers. In the vans we were each given a shot of home made vodka to warm us up – powerful stuff and pretty deadly.
Dinner was a massive home-cooked feast of chicken, pork ...
... And I actually enjoyed fishing quite a lot.
We had so much fun, sun and swimming!! Everyone was sunburn, obviously except me because I was already very tanned by that time! :)
And being Russian or rather Belarussian fishing and camping trip, it included absolutely insane quantities of vodka and beer!
Also, it included traditional food called Shashlyk - kind of like kebab on a bbq, but much much tastier!! :) ...