Meeting the Family

Trip Start Oct 09, 2007
Trip End Dec 06, 2007

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Friday, November 16, 2007


I arrived safe and sound in Lithuania last week by Ugne's mother and went to Klaipeda for the first week.  I was hoping to have a shower and shave before the introductions began but we went from the airport to her aunt's house for big family dinner. Much of the food was from the fall harvest (mushrooms, apple cider, potatoes, etc...). Everyone was very happy to see Ugne after her adventure across China through Tibet to Nepal. We showed off some of our souvenirs we picked up in Kathmandu, they liked the meditation bowl and the mask of mahakala.
The camera stopped working on a consistent basis so I only have a few photos
The past several days we explored the villages around Klaipeda, Ugne's hometown. One afternoon we went to Palanga where Ugne worked in the summers at an American Restaurant. Another afternoon was we explored a nearby peninsula famous for its giant sand dunes.  We explored historic fisherman neighborhoods in Nida, the central town of the peninsula. In nearby Rusne we saunaed with childhood friends and ate freshly smoked fish.

In Klaipeda we got a private tour of the clock museum with Ugne's grandmother. Her cousin took us out for a night on the town to the hip discos. We met up with a few other childhood friends for drinks a local jazz club. 

I got a healthy dose of home cooked food from Ugne's Mom. She cheerfully made me a cup of coffee each morning, ah straight to my heart. Her English was surprisingly good and we helped each other through the language barrier. Each night we ate a different traditional Lithuanian dishes; borsch, kuggelus, herring salad, potato salad, meats, cheeses, etc... We went to the local gym each morning to burn off food from the day before.

So in turn I cooked up a full traditional turkey dinner for thanksgiving for her family. I found a shop that specialized in turkey products, including roasting a whole bird to order. Grandma had a pumpkin that I cooked down into a few pies. We went early to the local market for cranberries, potatoes, turnips and then rest of the fixings for a perfect feast.  Everyone loved the dinner, especially the roast vegetable and the apple/"American pie".

Bye for Now,
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