DateMonday June 29th, 2015

Lithuania: the longest straight streets we have ever seen and the centre of Europe

The border from Poland and Lithuania is a rather lively one as this is the only connection for the 3 north eastern EU countries, which connects them with the “mainland”. Call me stupid, but I honestly did not know that there is a piece of Russia right in the north eastern European Union. Its above Poland, next to Latvia, approximately the size of Upper Austria and not connected to the rest of Russia. Amazing.

We crossed the border at night, reached the first border town and got confused with the directions as major parts of the town were under construction. We wanted to find a petrol station, but after some time gave up and drove on.

Lithuania was the first country that gave us this far, far away  from home feeling as Lithuania is very different to Austria. It’s mainly completely flat, and the roads are straight as far as the eye can see. At some point when going 70km/h I took the hands for 45 seconds from the steering wheel. No need to turn, not the slightest corner. I am too lazy to calculate how far you go  when driving 70kmh 45 seconds, I think something around 1 km. The complete flatness and the lack of woods amazed us time and again. What a weird country this is for us Austrians, us with our mountains and woods everywhere.

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North Poland: enchanted forests and the sun does not go down on me

 

So in the meanwhile the laundry is done but it turned out to be more complicated then one would expect. After approximately 10 EUR for the dryer in the laundrette, we finally excepted that the dryer does make dryer-noises, but that’s about it. The service guy, although nice, could not do much more then pointing out the service hotline when we brought the issue to attention with him. So we filed the 10 EUR as lost and left for the car, but still we had  wet clothes.

So we drove back along the bumpiest road we had ever seen into the national forest where we had spent the night before and did some improvisation there. We do have a clothesline which can be put above the front window, hanging down from the lightbar, but not all our wet clothes fit on it and we needed our blankets. We do have spare ones, but they are buried somewhere in the car and it means quite some work getting them out  and we  were way to lazy that day after all the walking through Warsaw and so on.

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