5 long nights in Lithuania
Trip Start Jun 08, 2005
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Anyway, feeling rather jaded I spent the following day at the beach (on the Curonian spit), managed a little swim in the Baltic sea (which was fekking cold) and fell asleep in the sun..
Klaipeda was promptly followed through with Vilnius, Lithuania's capital and home to the turbulence in the early 90's. Being the only city in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) that Ryan Air of Easy Jet don't fly into the city is slightly less touristic and perhaps alittle less 'perfect' in comparison with its two Baltic sisters. It's got a fairly large Old Town and is very nice. My 2 days in Vilnius were spent wisely with lots of historical visits, brushing up on education that I missed out on in school. Those visits with the biggest impacts included a trip to the KGB Prison museum; this is basically the KGB Prison as it was left by the Soviets 1991 when their occupation ceased, and a trip to the TV tour where Soviet troops killed 12 people in 1991 in the Lithuanian struggle for independance. The trip to the TV tower was interesting, the area very worn and tired - only 10 minutes drive but a million miles from the gliz of the cafe scene in the Old Town district
I also managed to fit in another day trip down to the Lithuanian/Belarus boarder to Grutas Park. Grutas Park in is home to 75 Soviet Statues that onces stared over Lithuania in Big Brother style at the oppressed people of Lithuania. A dude had pruchased them all after the Soviet occupation ended and amongst controversy put them all into a park for viewing. It was an interesting visit, history was really well detailed during the period of the occupation (1944-1991) and was well separated from the German influence of the war. All pretty horrific stuff, in total lossing 1/3 of their entire population. Not unlike my visit to Salaspils in Latvia, to reach the park I was dropped in the middle of nowhere and had to find my way, about 3Km, through little villages set on a lake side before finding the park. It was nice to be out of town. Cities are all very lovely, but can be abit same same in this part of the world - it's good to break it up with afew excursions.
My accommodation in Vilnius has been somewhat amazing - a new backpackers that only opened last week. I've been enjoying a new bed, bedding, bathroom... new everything! Afew of us that were in Klaipeda have ended up here, unfortunately we have also ended up with this snoring old guy, he was a shocker in Klaipeda and it would seem that nothing has changed between Klaipeda and Vilnius
Tonight I'm off to Warsaw on the night BUS. I really can't believe that I am taking a night BUS, I totally loath the things. I boldly declared after travelling through Vietnam afew years ago that I would never take another night Bus, but behold here I am taking a damn overnight bus to Warsaw. It's my only option though - no trains running at the moment, so bus it is. Graunch groan, I'm so not looking forward to it, but such is life, things could be worse!