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Day 15

Vilnius to Bialystok

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Another day of prolonged travel, but at least we had the extra hour of sleep to enjoy thanks to daylight saving time! Aware that it was to be a late arrival in Bialystok, we ventured out to the local market after breakfast at the hotel so we could by bread and meat for an ad hoc tea at tonight’s hotel. It was a brilliant market with lots of produce on display, but without a car to carry vast quantities of food, it was a bit wasted on us this time. Then we had another little wander into the Old Town where I managed to find just a little bit more amber to buy. According to my research, Vilnius is the best place to buy as it’s so close to the Russian source, it’s cheaper for them to buy the real stuff than to buy fake plastic amber… I haven’t got much anyway, and if it’s fake it would still be a good souvenir! We managed 6 miles of walking yesterday, but barely 2 today as we didn’t have much time left in the town.
Then back to lovely Vilnius station and off on the train to Kaunas. Didn’t see anything of Kaunas but it was interesting to see all the tiny stations we stopped at ( some with hardly any platform)...and we stopped at a lot! We were in the upstairs bit of the lovely Lithuanian train for that bit...sadly, the shorter element of the journey( 1.5 hours)...so it was nice, comfy seats and a clean loo. At Kaunas, we boarded the Polish train for a LONG trip to Bialystok ( nearly 5 boring hours as it’s too dark to see anything) with very hard seats and what started as a clean loo, but didn’t last long. But apparently it’s better than being on a bus. If they didn’t stop for 10 minutes or so at a lot of the stations, it would take less time. But it’s cheap and will reduce the journey to Warsaw tomorrow and it’s getting my day’s blog done early as I’m unable to do much else ( for another hour and a half at least).

Posted by nanny0gg 15:21 Archived in Lithuania

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