OK - I'm in the land of my progenitors and I'm blown away. My family here have been spoiling me and I'm sure I've put on 5 kilos - but the food is beautiful so what can you do.
My trip so far has taken me to the sea side village of Palanga, where despite a home burglary, I enjoyed castles, clock museums, amber museums, beaches on the Baltic sea and rabbits on rooves. (?) Big thanks to Balanda, Alousuz and Berute for looking after me and being my guide.
Next was Siauliai where the highlight was watching the Lithuanians beat USA in the basketball. The town erupted like they had just landed on Mars and there was dancing and skulling of Vokda in the streets. Best part for me was watching with 3 deaf guys as language was not really a barrier. Charades and pen and paper where used. It really was amazing and will stay with me forever.
Then off to Kaunas by smoother bus to be picked up by some more great family. The next couple of days I toured around seeing an open air museum, monastries and an art museum where there is a painting of my grandmother as a young girl with her father. Pretty amazing. Then we visited the house where she grew up. Very cool. Big thanks to Regina, Jonas, Vide, Jyurga and Ludas for showing me the town and spoiling me once more.
I'm now in Vilnius which is spectacular and lively, certainly a must see for my London friends and all of my familiy who has not visited yet.
Off to see more of it........
Pictures to come.
P.S. Some basketball revenge for Australia with me beating one of my relatives friends 4-2 yesterday. Yeah!