On Sunday, June 9th, I did something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now – participated in the annual Kaunas Marathon. As I said recently, I’ve been running on the treadmill and was interested in trying it out in the world. To kill the suspense, I didn’t run a marathon. I didn’t even run the 5k, as I’ve been practicing in the gym. Nope, instead, I ran, along with Rasa and Monki, the family 1.5km run.
And it was great! Continue reading
Nevertheless, in the blink of an eye I could answer which place is the best in the world. It’s Kaunas our beautiful hometown and the heart of Lithuania.
Source: Kaunas – The Best City in The World – Traveler’s ChildTraveler’s Child
Categories: Cities, Europe
I live in a beautiful place. This picture to the left is a ground level shot of our former City Hall (where I, and many others, got married). This square is the home of our official Christmas Tree, which often wins design awards (especially the green plastic Christmas Tree miracle from five years ago).
But now, someone has gone ahead and put a live cam overlooking the square. So if you ever want to know what things are like here in Kauanas… Go ahead and click. It’s worth it.
V2 by Justė Kazbaraitytė
So yesterday I won an award. Was nominated for four.
I was voted by the student body at Vytautas Magnus University a likely candidate to be the funniest professor, the best orator, best foreign professor and best all around professor. I took home the prize for Best Foreign Professor. This time around the award was a large hourglass which takes about a half hour to cycle through. Last year was an engraved globe and the year before a sculpture for the desk. Third year in a row I’ve won this particular prize. Continue reading
Kaunas, where I live, has a reputation as being artsy and clever. We’re home to 6 different universities and are considered the “most Lithuanian of Lithuanian cities.” Now, nationalist pride aside, one of the things this means is that while Vilnius, the country’s capital, gets the pressure of being the proper and sophisticated “big brother” we get a little more freedom to be wild and crazy. We get to indulge ideas.
One of those ideas has found form in our annual Christmas Tree design for the big, official city tree in Rotuse Aikste (City Hall Square). A few years ago, our tree was made of the recycled bottoms of green, two litre coke bottles. The year after that was a gold, angel festooned spectacle followed last year by a tree “knitted” from recycled plastic bags. Continue reading
Took Laika for his morning walk and the fog was thick, making for a nice soft background. And he was kind enough to pose for me.
I changed my header photo today with a shot of this, the Aleksotas Bridge (some hereabouts call it the Vytautas the Great Bridge as well) but I like it because, historically, it’s the longest bridge in the world. in the mid 19th century, the area on the left in the picture, the hill, that’s Aleksotas, that was part of Poland, according to Napoleon, and it followed the Gregorian calendar. It continued to use the Gregorian calendar even after 1864 when it once again fell under Russian rule. Of course, the part on the right, where I was taking the picture from and where I was walking Laika, that part used the Julian calendar which was slightly different. So when crossing the bridge, you would either gain or lose 12 days, depending on which direction you were headed. Thus, this 256 meter long bridge which spans the Nemunas river, is, in fact, the longest bridge in the world.