The Lit-Bel Trip, part 2: Trakai

The weather on our trip ended up being more or less the opposite of what had been forecast by the usually painfully accurate Norwegian State Weather Service.  So it was that on a day promised to be bright and warm – the ideal weather for a quick day trip before taking the train to Minsk in the evening – the three of us found ourselves trudging back and forth along the main street of Trakai in what could best be described a freak Lithuanian monsoon.  I didn’t mind, though, because I had an umbrella. That makes Trakai sound like a … Continue reading The Lit-Bel Trip, part 2: Trakai

The Lit-Bel Trip, part 1: Vilnius

I hadn’t really thought much about Lithuania before going there – Belarus was the main draw of the trip and Vilnius was simply a cheap place to fly into and spend a day and a half before leaving for Minsk.  Out of the three Baltic nations, it was the one which interested me the least, or so I thought.  Then I arrived. About the closest reference I have for Lithuania is Hungary, although Budapest is larger and far more bustling than Vilnius.  This is probably connected with the placement of the older parts of both cities.  In Vilnius, the Old Town lies between the new town … Continue reading The Lit-Bel Trip, part 1: Vilnius