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... and onto another waiting on an adjacent platform this taking you onwards to Vilnius the capital of Lithuania (the reason for the change is distance between the tracks are different in the two countries).
The Warsaw – Sestokai train takes 7 hours then the Sestokai – Vilnius train takes a further 3, hence the train oriented slant of this blog.
The Warsaw train seems to be kitted out exactly like a slam door network south east commuter train from the late ...
... and get on the first train you see, which is a bit nervewrecking when you don't know what to expect. Fortunately, the name Sestokai appeared above a bit of platform just a few minutes before a train stopped infront of it. I assumed that was my train, and got on.
Train carriages had the compartment layout that seems quite common in this part of the world. Dozed for an hour or so (it was early still...) ...
Our hostess in Kaunus, Laura, made us very welcome. Her parents-in-law and Grandmother also live there. The kids, particularly Saskia and Eartha went out of their way to endear themselves to everyone. They miss Grandma, so a surrogate set of grandparents was not to be passed over. Nick was well fed before Laura took him to the airport. I ...
Tomek suggested I took the route through Alytus to avoid traffic. This seemed sensible, looking at the map. There was a similarly large road running up towards Mariampole on the Polish map I was using. We stopped just before the Lithuanian border for coffee and ice-cream, only to discover the big red road I was supposed to follow did not exist on the Lithuanian map I was about to start using. A lorry driver sensed my confusion and we discussed the problem of the disappearing ...
... when ordering. We were going to be okay until discovering they had run out of salmon for me. At this point they kindly provided menus in English! A successful order later, we thought "Good, not long now". How wrong we were. After waiting half an hour the barman insisted it would only be another '10 minutes'. Half an hour later, it was still '10 minutes' away but he did have a rather more sheepish expression. Other tables had been served and ...