After a bargain flight to the mysterious city of ‘Kaunas‘ was booked one fateful lecture a few months ago, our journey began.
I have to admit, I initially thought Lithuania was on the Mediterranean. Turns out it’s in the Baltic. I’m sure everyone makes these mistakes.
Needless to say, I prepared for a much colder holiday than necessary. We travelled the first week of May, and it was pretty hot. Especially for us, used to hermitting inside during the long Welsh winter. Admittedly we narrowly missed the snow they still had up to 10 days before (phew).
So what does Lithuania actually have to do?
I hear you all ask.
Well we stayed at The Monk’s Bunk hostel in Kaunas, and I gotta say they had spectacular service and were ridiculously nice. Super comfy beds too.
We walked around Kaunas for half a day and took in the different architecture. Everything looked so different to the UK it was difficult to place, but nice to just wander around.
Then we took the advice from our hostel, rented some bikes (7 euros each) and cycled 13km to a village in a forest. Apparently they’re not allowed to cut any of the trees down anymore, so it was a really cool thing to see. And every house was pretty huge and completely individual. Oh and there was a natural spring you can drink from!
We visited Trakai Castle, with peddle-boating on our beautiful dolphin boat one of my favourite things from the holiday! Probably because i didn’t peddle. We rented one for 6 euros/ hour. Bargain.
We then ambled around the capital, Vilnius, for the rest of the day. Again, some lovely and very different architecture to see. Lots of baroque/ gothic buildings and churches. Definitely go inside them as they were much more impressive outside than in.
Vilnius was only a 5 euro train ride from Kaunas- again, a total bargain. Seriously, why isn’t our public transport service this good?!
On our last day we decided to amble over to the Kaunas Zoo. We almost didn’t go because of such bad TripAdvisor reviews, but I’m so glad we did go! It’s in the process of being refurbished, and although pretty small, had a good variety of animals that looked happy and healthy. They’re also involved in conservation research and have a bit of a homely touch to the place.
So if you’re uncertain what to do one afternoon, have a peak. It was only 3 euros each (student price; 5 euros full price). Plus there was a nice walk through a park to get there.
So that’s it! We only had a few days, and did more than I wrote about above- but you probably don’t want to know about all the shenanigans we got up to. It involved peddle-boat mutinies and dangerous clothing changes. I’ll leave it to your imagination.
I’ll leave you with the following photo: