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Travel Blogs from Zarasai
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!! :) ...
Zarasai has an annual Nights of Rock festival on the island. The summerhouse we were staying in is opposite the bridge to the island, so we had the benefit of the music from the closing acts on Saturday night, drifting across the lake to us.
In the morning, we took our swimming costumes and wandered across to the island, unaware at that time, of quite how large the festival had been. There were tired looking Rockers everywhere. A sea of pod-like tents covered the hillside and a ...
... me. They asked again if I had anywhere to spend the night, and suggested the hotel in the centre of town. Naturally, I turned this down, as the cost for six of us is not even worth enquiring about. I made noises about finding one of the wooden huts that seem to be dotted about for hire. The Lithuanian couple started accosting passers-by, asking them about the local accommodation.