Psytek in Kaunas... a huggy stop

Trip Start Jul 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Warsaw Winter Camp

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Friday, December 22, 2006

December 22

Its been great to see Roberto again, he was quite worried about my case since he knew I was sick but I was in good hand... we went to do some shopping and discussed and the evening went on fast as I felt asleep and we did nothing else than lying down in the flat where he lives... at his girlfriend parents (Roberto is from Italia).

So I slept early...
December 23

I was leaving early from Roberto, so I did see him but I was about to meet him again few days later at the Winter Camp in Warsaw.
So I left the place and went to the highway that was nearby to hitch-hike... the first spot wasnt good so I walked somewhere else and I made the mistake of thinking of doing a shortcut which made me walk 3 times the distance and lose lots of times... which is precious with those short days.

At least a car stopped but he was going to Mariampole... damn, the place to not go since its a hitch-hiker hell, you hardly get picked up there. Still nobody was stopping and there was really but really a scarce traffic. So I took it anyway and manage to make him know where he could at least leave me. It wasnt the best but not the worst either. But it wasnt working and the day was going on and I was still in Lithuania.

If only I could manage to get a lift to Poland I could catch a train then...
While walking I finally got a Russian car to stop for few km and I was at the crossroad that leads to Kaliningrad. Then again there was so no car at all, it looked like Northern Finland.
I was lucky enough to be picked by a polish minivan all the way to Oleko... after having spent so long along the road.

The funny thing is that it appeared that my lift were Polish smugglers, once we crossed the border, packs of cigarettes where coming out from every corner of the van... coming from Russia.

They brought me to Oleko where I could catch a bus immediately to Elk and there I could catch my train to Gdansk... so there has my hitch-hiking journey ended... the bus ride was short, 30 km, and then I had 2 hours to kill in Elk before boarding a 6h train ride. I went to get some food, bought the ticket and bought a bottle of wine as a christmas gift for my host Anja.

Then I boarded the train and relaxed taking a whole cabin for me and making some lunch... it was calm and quiet and relaxing as well.
About my sickness, it was pretty more well, my jaw wasnt swollen anymore, I could eat already since a few days and the pain was mostly away. It was going away everytime I took the antiobiotics from Latvia.
So I arrived in Gdansk just before midnight and I was still surprised that I heard nothing from Anja, but I went directly to her place then...
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