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With a 7am cross-country bus to catch, I had set my alarm for 6am. Sadly I was woken by snoring at 4am and couldn't get back to sleep so I got up before the alarm went off. After packing the last of my things and scoffing a quick croissant for breakfast, I made my way to the bus station in the dawn light. The 6 hour bus ride to Nida on the Baltic coast was uneventful and I managed to get a couple of hours of (somewhat ...
... camps liberated by the Allies.
Our next stop was much more pleasant.
We were given ample free time to explore a lovely pedestrian mall in a medieval section of Gdansk, lined with buildings that have been fully restored.
There were shops and restaurants; even a Hard Rock Café which looked completely out of place in a building that probably dated back to the 18th century.
We saw at least ...
... animal furs tacked to the wall, wooden wagon wheels placed strategically inside and out, and a rustic atmosphere throughout.
We were told the food was authentically Lithuanian: a little glass containing light goat cheese with honey, followed by a plate loaded with two potato pancakes, a potato dumpling filled with pork sausage, and a small serving of pork, onion and oil.
I didn't ask for a calorie count, but it must have been pretty ...
... and Immanuel Kant’s grave. Yes, Immanual Kant, German
Philosopher and subject of the Monty Python song “Bruce’s Philosopher Song” was born, lived and died in Königsberg. Apparently, he was so proud of his hometown that he felt no need to travel as the world came to him! In those days, Königsberg was a busy port.
What can I saw about Kaliningrad? ...
Well it has taken us a little more time than we anticipated to set up a blog** But hopefully this should suffice. Liliya and I have been in the Russia Federation for two weeks now and have been having a great time. We are both learning a lot, the experience has been particularly eye opening for me as I ...