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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 ...
... in a mixture of languages not including English, but relying heavily on hand signals. He made it quite clear that the route chosen was wriggly and slow. He even used that internationally understood description "Scheiße".
I chose a new route with my new friend's help and set off. I had plenty of time, but I was still un-nerved when a few minutes later my phone bleeped to tell me I'd gone through a new time zone and I had one hour less to get to Kaunus airport to ...
Rather than head straight into Poland, we decided that we had to stop at a campsite called "Victoria" before leaving Lithuania. The campsite was next to a lake which formed a border with Russia - there were even notices from the border police at the beach warning swimmers not to go out beyond the boys! To assist in using up our remaining Polish money we opted for lunch at the site cafe. Initially we only found the Polish menus which ...