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Wet in Warsaw

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Hello Warsaw
Warsaw has a proud history and I will agree that the uprising museum is spectacular. It may have been the weather but I did not enjoy the city at all, i found it dark and depressing. That was probably more the weather, the museums dedicated to the atrocities were great but the subject matter was very heavy.
There is just one part of the wall remaining of the Jewish ghetto, it is a sobering reminder of our inhumanity. It is not easy to find, but it is one that is often visited.
tomorrow we leave for Berlin, and I can't help but think that maybe a few more days would change my judgement of this city.

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Travel Day

Travel Day, hmm not much else

Last good breakfast for a while, long travel day today to get to Warsaw. was broken up a bit by getting into a bus on the Polish border, they were working on the track so we had to get a bus to the next stop and board a train there. The worrying part was the conductor describing and using hand gestures to the bus driver. well it was a back roads adventures. Even though we arrived very late in Warsaw, we only had to wait a few minutes for the tram, and then walk half a block to the hotel. Easy.

Dinner was just down the road, perogies yumm.

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Lithuanian site seeing 3

Nuclear Power plant site seeing

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Huge breakfast.
An hours drive to get to the Nuclear power station. It was Lithuania's only nuclear power station, it took 10 years to build it, it was in operation for 20 and now it will take 25 years to close the plant down. The tour was more of an information session, like you would do for visiting highschool students to a workplace. Part of Lithuania's entrance into the EU was to close the plant, now electricity is more expensive. Good thing bad thing, I don't know. but I have never been that close to a power station like that before.

Restful afternoon in preperation for another amazing dinner.

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Lithuanian site seeing 2

Kayaking hmmmm

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We were scheduled to leave today to go to the National park , I lined up at the Post Office, they had on of those take a ticket for your service machine, so i took a ticket, but after 20 mins of no service and watching everyone behind get served, just left using a few choice english words. I think the english speaker on staff was on a break or not working that day. Not happy Jan.

While on the train our guide was given a note by 2 young girls who had been watching our group interact. The note said that they were happy to see foreigners in Lithuania and hoped that we would enjoy our stay, followed by their email addresses. So sweet.

The farmstay is really an nice place, big rooms, the kayak trip was fun even though the walk up the hill was not, and the fortifying liquor we downed was warming although a bit cough medicine tasting. Dinner was sumptious, i can't wait for breakfast.

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Lithuanian site seeing 1

Medieval castle, yey

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Morning bus trip to Trakai castle, a real castle that was restored in the 1950's. Beautiful setting by a lake , the landscapes in this country are tranquil and beautiful.

Afternoon back in Vilnius, hit some of the sight seeing spots, got a little snap happy on the hill, great views of the city, also can see a neighbouring hill with 3 crosses, in memory of Franciscan monks that were murdered there. Also Vilnius has some odd statues around the place, found a statue of Frank Zappa with a very cool mural behind it. our hotel had some great graffiti too, and on the opposite wall someone had stuck teapots in the wall. Really.

Made a wish on the miracle tile, the endpoint of the joining of hands across the Baltic states as a protest against the soviet oppression.

This evenings meal was in the new republic, where dogs have rights, and for women, well clothes are optional.

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