I have to say that it is nice to have rain and not so nice that the heat has not let up at all. Now those who know me, know, that I love the heat! However, humidity is something that I can do without. But I digress. It has been a while since I have updated my blog postings across three blogs and I will endeavor to get timely with my posts. It is possible that micro blogging has gotten the best of me and in retrospect that is not much of a journal. So back to blogging – I will start with personal blogs and move to technical blogs later this week.
I returned from Italy and Vilnius a couple weeks ago. Italy is always great; food, wine, people, sights, weather, atmosphere and the Vatican. Vilnius is always like a homecoming. There is something that I like about Vilnius – I have not been able to put my mind around what it is that I like about Vilnius and I have no problem with saying it could just be something in the air or the food! I have been to Italy a dozen times and Vilnius many times as well but on this journey I had a special treat. I was able to go with my cousin Karen who had never seen both! So Karen got to see both areas and I got to show her my Italy and some of my Lithuania. It was not without some drama. First I missed my flight to Rome by several minutes, so Cousin Karen arrived in Europe, for her first time ever, by herself! I arrived a few hours after her and my bag a day and a half later! It was amazing but we actually got to do everything in Rome we planned to accomplish. It was an exceptional trip and my bag arrived before the flight from Rome to Vilnius. Oh, did I say, cousin Karen lost 1000 Euros on the street somewhere! So again it was eventful.
The flight to Vilnius was great and the Hotel was great-the Radisson in the Old Town. We rested for a bit and I went for a walk. I came back to get Cousin Karen at her room so that we could walk down to cathedral square. It is a nice, pleasant walk from the Hotel to the square. We crossed the Street and started walking in the main square. It is a nice square with oddly staggered levels of sidewalk. Sad to say, Cousin Karen did not see one of the steps down and fell. We ended up under a tent and drinking some great Lithuanian beer and eating some great local food. As the ankle swelled we headed to the hotel to get some advice as to where there was a pharmacy. We found one and then Karen tried on the bandage. It went well but we decided to take a break and later we went up to the gate of dawn, the last standing city gate in Vilnius. The gate was saved because of the chapel inside.
We had a mid-day meal by the Europa Royal and talked about our options. Upon returning from Vilnius we were headed to Venice a walking city. So we cut the trip short and paid the change fee to get on a earlier flight back after Vilnius. I do have to say that I was quite impressed in Karen’s grit. She made it through the day and the tour of Vilnius the next day and then two walks around the city. What makes it even more impressive is the Friday after we returned we found out she had a “Broken Ankle” and did not let it ruin her vacation and trip into her heritage.
The trip was good and has helped me on the book I am writing on the Lithuanian people. That I have been writing for three months, it will be done soon!