Where Did You Go on Vacations As a Child?

Compass 01This week’s question is another one involving travel/vacations. That’s okay, I like traveling and vacations. This one, though, is about vacations as a child which, by default, implies they were family vacations. At least in my case since the folks are still married, to each other, so there’s no inter-family drama involving who gets to claim Disneyland. Continue reading “Where Did You Go on Vacations As a Child?”

Coming to America – 2017 Summer Holiday

Sunday-Monday June 25-26

I’ve said it before, but traveling from Lithuania is not easy. At least not by plane. Very few places are accessible directly, and those that are, are usually through the low-cost airlines (let’s never forget Flights for 50p, shall we) and get you someplace near your destination (For example, going to Paris, Ryan and Wizz fly you to Beauvais, which is about an hour away). Anyway, for our flights to the US, where we are going to spend a week on vacation with family in San Diego then all head back to Vegas for mom’s Bat Mitzvah, we decided to do it in two jumps – Vilnius (not even from Kaunas, so that’s another hour added on to the journey) to Paris then Paris to LA. Continue reading “Coming to America – 2017 Summer Holiday”

Longest bridge in the world!

2013-06-17 06.58.21I 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.

Brasov and Bran Castle

Castle DraculaBeing this close to Transylvania, a trip to see Dracula’s Castle was a mandatory experience – I even read the book to prepare! That said, I really didn’t want or need to spend a lot of time in Romania so I decided to make it a bonzai trip… and I enlisted Erika and Sanyi, two fellow English teachers, to go along with me! What we decided to do was catch the overnight train to Brasov, then spend the day exploring the city and the castle then catch the overnight train back. Continue reading “Brasov and Bran Castle”