05.05.2007 - 08.05.2007 13 °C
The hill of crosses in Siauliai is amazing. It's two small humps of earth that are packed full of crosses - lookes like they were vomited out of the earth. There's thousands of them. People started putting crosses there in the 14th(??) century and since then it's become a symbol of their nationalism. Obviously, during communism they were bulldozed but each night people came back and put more crosses on. It's really bizzarre hearing the wind rustling through them.
The hill of crosses is just outside Siauliai - in fairness how are we supposed to speak the language when they use that many vowels! I'll have 6 vowels and 2 consonants please Carol...
It doesn't get much mention as a town in the lonely planet but it's actually pretty nice. Definitely recommend Kapitonas Morganas as a place to eat - right in the centre.
From there we headed down to Klaipeda for the most frustrating journey of our lives. Had to get a ferry to curonian spit and a bus to nida from there. It sounds like quite a short little trip...it should be...it isn't. We did manage to hire bikes in nida which was good fun - Michelle had to hire a childs bike - too small for the adults. The baltic coast is lovely - really unspoilt and deserted - miles of beach with no-one on it...but a tad on the chilly side if you go in May (or probably any other time of year) and not great for surfing (probably to have been expected).
We decided to head from Nida to Warsaw as we made better time than expected. So we grabbed a bus to Vilnius and then got an overnight bus to Warsaw from there. Don't ask at the informaiton desk in the Vilnius train station if they do trains to warsaw. When I asked she didn't understand. I then repeated in my best lithuanian accent - 'Var-shah-vah'. She nodded and smiled. Excellent, she understands. So she pointed to the other end of the station. Ok, so what you're saying is that Warsaw is actually at the other end of the train station. Well, of course it is - how stupid of me, the map of europe I have is actually scaled 1:1.