Into the eighties

Trip Start May 17, 2010
Trip End Oct 30, 2010

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Now as you head further into eastern Europe it's all goes a bit ashes to ashes,, the mullet haircut is still very much in fashion, the cast of Borat appear to be playing bit parts in the surrounding countryside, and everybody seems to be playing happy hardcore music. That said crossing from Poland to Lithuania was still very much Europe.

We started out at Warsaw station at around 8am traveling to Sestokai on the Poland Lithuania border, at which point you have to get out of one train 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 80’s, small compartments with a little table by the window, fairly comfortable with plenty of room to watch the world go by.

The day we were leaving Warsaw Poland had suffered some rather serious flooding in the south near Krakow (we were in the north traveling north), on the TV’s on the platform the news was showing people being rescued by boat from the tops of cars etc, so not speaking Polish I was a little apprehensive about the Journey as the train pulled in (on time to the second). In the end where we were traveling the river levels were high but I think nothing like the south of the country. The weather was sunny and sultry as we bounced north with city and town giving way to villages and then to dense forest stretching for miles.

Sestokai seems to be a village predominately based upon being on the border where the railway crosses from Poland to Lithuania so they had to build a station just to change trains. Upon arrival at the Station in, we jumped out of the Polish train and onto a 2 carriage Lithuanian train 2 carriages long with benches so hard they hurt to sit on after an hour or two (this probably because I am a soft westerner).  Lithuania looked fairly rural with lots of small villages along the route of the train (of which we stopped at most of them) and large city, Kaunas where lots of locals got on. We arrived in Vilnius (the capital) around early evening ready to not be on a train anymore and to search out the hostel….
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sylvia rendon on

jess and dave thank for the new is always good to know how you two are doing love you boths sylvia

Mumand Dad on

Good to hear the latest .Beryl and R oger really fascinated by the ability tocommunicate so am i after years of waiting for letters from Dad. Keep up the good wok I will be able to plan with accuracy where we will visit in future!
Take care
love Mum and Dad

Vic on

Hurrah for not gettin watery blogged ! Phew. Train sounds about as cumfybubble as the South Wales buses. Hope not being on a train anymore worked out marvelously for ya derrieres ;) Enjoyin the updates am me =) ooooodles of squishes from me n the fambaly xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Charli on

Love the bit about the Borat cast, made me LOL. xxxxxx

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