Lithuania

A hitchhiking adventure through Lithuania, Summer 2010.

Then Belgian Carl and Estonian Ana challenged Erik and I to a race: who could hitchhike to Riga quickest.
 Belgian Carl and Estonian Ana challenged Erik and I to a race: who could hitchhike to Riga quickest.
I held the sign but we didn't get a ride for more than an hour--by then Carl and Ana were long gone.
I held the sign but we didn’t get a ride for more than an hour–by then Carl and Ana were long gone.
And then this guy pulled up, our friendly Lithuanian truck driver, Ramunas.
And then this guy pulled up, our friendly Lithuanian truck driver, Ramunas.
Ramunas, who could only take us half way to Riga, realized we wouldn't make it to Riga before nightfall.  So he offered to let us spend a night with his family in Panaveyz.  We took him up on the offer.
Ramunas, who could only take us half way to Riga, realized we wouldn’t make it before nightfall. So he offered to let us spend a night with his family in Panaveyz. We took him up on the offer, and slept in his two sons’ bunk beds.
That night we had a grand Lithuanian party, of beer and kabob and family and friends.
That night we had a grand Lithuanian party, of beer and kabob with our new friends and their family.
After eventually making it to Riga, we circled back down to Trakai, Lithuania, land of beautiful lakes and castles.
After eventually making it to Riga, we circled back down to Trakai, Lithuania, land of beautiful lakes and castles.
First stop in Trakai was the lake--where we swam with our couchsurfing hosts.
First stop in Trakai was the lake–where we swam with our couchsurfing hosts.
Eventually we made it to Vilnius, which was a super pretty capitol city.
Here’s Vilnius, a super pretty capitol city.
Vilnius, Lithuania, 2010
Vilnius, Lithuania, 2010
This is the first hour or second hour of me and Erik's 23-hour bus ride from Vilnius to Prague.  Our Russian neighbors were already drinking vodka and playing cards shirtless.  With not very much persuasion Erik soon joined the fun.
This is the first hour or so of me and Erik’s 23-hour bus ride from Vilnius to Prague. Our Russian neighbors were already drinking vodka and playing cards shirtless. With not very much persuasion Erik soon joined the fun.

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