Kayaking in Lithuania – Day Two

After a cold night, we awoke to another beautiful day.  We enjoyed or coffee and tea along with some pasta my brother-in law cooked over the fire. We even filled some of our empty bottles with water from a natural spring close to the lake.  Wow, was that water cold.  After a morning swim, we finally torn down our campsite, put our gear in our kayaks, and off we went for day two of our adventure.

Today was a bit different.  We spent less time on the lakes and more time kayaking in the rivers.  Of course, it was easier to kayak on a river than a lake.  It seems on the lake, when I was oaring, I was using too much power with my right arm and when I was oaring with the left, I was not putting enough strength into it.  Instead of kayaking straight across the lake, we ended up zigzagging across it. 

The river was a whole different story.  Less oaring was required when going down the river.  We just need to compensate more for the bends in the rivers.  The scenery was spectacular going down these rivers.  Looking into the water you see a whole different world than what was above the water.

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We made it to our first stop.  It was a point where we had to take our kayaks across a road. There river did continue under the road to the other side. The other side was a little recreational area where many of the locals enjoyed the water gushing out.  There was a little market and place to grab a bit to eat.  We enjoyed some beer, saltibarsciai (fresh beet soup), and some ice cream.  We picked up a couple of snacks and continue with our journey down the river.

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After a nice time floating down the river, we finally made it to another lake.  We kayaked a little further across the lake to our final stop of the day.  It would be here where we would set up camp for the night.

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The Amazing Race

Hey, I was flipping through channels and I saw the latest episode of the Amazing Race on CBS.  The person read out their next destination and it was Vilnius, Lithuania.  Wow, that was cool.    I can’t believe I was just there and now it is on the Amazing Race. 

After watching the entire episode I have some thoughts.  The first part of the episode, where the contestants became Lithuanian messengers, showed much of the old town area of Vilnius.  Although one the Lithuanian women who gave the contestants their task, mispronounced the name of the person they needed to locate. 

The second part of the episode where the contestants attend an authentic summer festival and must either count the pieces of wood on the fence or walk on stilts was funny.  I have never seen that during my trips to Lithuania.  Even my wife, who is from Lithuania never seen anything like that.  I believe they added that to make the show more entertaining.

Lithuanian Basketball

Hi all,

 Just wanted to share some highlights from Lithuania playing in the Euroleague Championship in 2007.  Lithuanian took bronze. Lithuania lost only once during the tournament. Lithuanian has qualified for the 2008 Olympics in China.  Watch out!  I won’t be surprised if Lithuania takes home a medal in the 2008 Olympics.

Superbowl Ideas

Recently the NFL Comissioner suggested that London would be a good place to host a Superbowl.

One important fact that the NFL should realize.  Europeans do not care about American football.  Fans should not be forced to go to another country to watch the biggest US sporting event.  Let’s keep it in the Unites States.  I understand the business aspect the commissioner is looking at.  He wants to develop interest in the NFL overseas, especially in Europe.

I have a couple ideas for the NFL. 

  • How about letting the team that won the Superbowl, host the next Superbowl. 
  • Let have a Superbowl in a cold enviroment such as Green Bay or New England?

European Vacation Part 1

I have almost been back for over a month.  So many things I haven’t done yet. I guess I will start blogging about my trip to Lithuania.

The flight over was not that bad.  I had to make some last minute arrangements for my trip.  I booked my vacation in January and it seems that route was no longer in service.  After a brief discussion at the desk I was accommodated for this problem.  To keep my schedule, I was given a first class ticket to Detroit and there I hopped onto my international flight to Amsterdam.  I made it in time to Amsterdam to catch my flight to Lithuania. 

Quick note to anyone who will ever fly Lithuania Airlines.  It may be a cheap airline ticket but if you want a snack or a beverage, such as water or soda, then you have to pay for it.   I understand business but let’s get real.  I cannot take any drinks on the plane due to security restrictions but then when I get on the plane if I want a refreshment I have to pay for it.  This is a horrible business practice.

Well after that little disclaimer, I made it in time to Lithuania.  I was a little thirsty when I got there but I made it. Currently the airport in Vilnius is under a renovation.  Every person leaving or coming must exit the airplane and board a bus to and from the terminal.  Hopefully they will be done with this renovation soon. 

Back in the States

Wow,

I can’t believe my vacation is over.  Going to Lithuania is always fun.  It was quite an experience taking a visit to Paris for a few days.  I will miss all my family in Lithuania but it is back to my normal life in the States. 
When I get a chance I will post some thought on my vacation.  I thought I would miss Dadu, but one of our local grocery stores, Jons Market, carries this ice cream packed in a cone.  Of course, it is prewrapped.

THe only happy thing is I get to watch some American football.  I was about to go crazy with all the soccer highlights out in Lithuania.  At least the Euroleague championship was on and Lithuania got the bronze.

One side note for today in football.  YEAH!!! The Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Diego Chargers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!