So I ended up spending most of my time in Vilnius working, which lame. Or sleeping. Or drinking. So, par for the course, I suppose.
I did meander the Old City quite a bit — still haven’t coaxed those pictures off my camera — which was fucking beautiful. And went to the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (aka coolest name ever), just because I wandered by. And it was actually really neat. Predictably, I know nothing of Lithuanian history, and it was a pretty engaging crash course.
Coolest part, though, was that the whole ground floor was ruins of the actual castle, from like.. the 13th century on, I think?
Here, have some pictures of stone and things.
And I spend a couple fun evenings just chatting with my hostelmates down in the kitchen, which was nice. One of the pluses of wandering around Eastern Europe in winter is that a lot of the people are long-term travelers — because like, who randomly plans a special trip to like Latvia in fucking December? — so there’s a lot more sympathy for the days when you just don’t have the wherewithal to leave the hostel and go touristing.
This afternoon I hopped a train to Kaunas, like an hour or so outside of Vilnius, because it seemed like a fun thing to do. It was dark by the time I got there, but the old town is neat, especially in the snow.
Tomorrow I will hopefully wake up before like 3pm and be able to explore a bit more int he daylight. We’ll see.
I’m thinking that for sanity’s sake I’m going to skip Berlin on this leg, maybe take one more day in Kaunas, then head to Warsaw on a less headache-inducing six hour bus ride, instead of nine, stay there a couple days, and then either take a bus to Prague (12 hours ow) or back to Krakow for a day or two and then to Prague, and then across the Atlantic.
Or, fuck, who knows, maybe tonight I’ll meet somebody who’s like “oh I just came from ____ and it was great!” and then I’ll go there instead.
Also I have eaten nothing today but a handful of Pringles, and I managed to get to this restaurant minutes after the kitchen closed, so, well, here we are.