Category Archives: Baltic States (Estonia Latvia Lithuania)

Homeward Bound, Portland Edition with a Dash of Lithuania

I have taken a break from blogging, allowing myself time to recharge and focus on other writing projects, but tomorrow I leap back into the skies with a flight home to Portland, Oregon and a jam-packed weekend of kite-flying on … Continue reading

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The Many Faces of Vilnius in Photos

Vilnius, the regal capital of Lithuania, is a city of sedate parks, soaring church spires, and twisting alleys of contradictions. Stern Orthodox cathedrals neighbor with the rebellious spirit of the Uzupis Republic, which declared independence from Vilnius in 2000. Whimsical art, … Continue reading

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Sand Dunes and Missiles: Photos of Klaipeda, Lithuania

I arrived on the Baltic Coast of Lithuania in the middle of a summer heat wave, the sizzling rays roasting my skin. I burned in places I forgot existed, even between my toes. My sunscreen bottle suffered hourly abuse as my … Continue reading

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Castles of Latvia: Photos of Gauja National Park

Castles have always intrigued me, especially those in ruins. The more hidden and neglected the ruins, the better for my imagination to run wild. I blame it on my childhood bookworm days when running away to live in an art … Continue reading

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Photos of My Frenemy: Riga, Latvia

Riga and I have a tumultuous relationship. The capital of Latvia welcomed me with a malicious staircase and a fountain of blood, the cramped hospital waiting room, and a merry-go-round of aptieka visits. As if that wasn’t enough of an … Continue reading

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A University Town & Medieval Festival: Tartu Estonia Photos Posted

I added Tartu to my Estonia trip on a whim, solely based on two words: “medieval” and “university.” Of course, it was summer, so university was not in session and renovation work hid the historic Anatomical Observatory beneath wispy curtains … Continue reading

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Retreat to Hiiumaa, Estonia: Photos Posted

Sometimes flinging yourself off the beaten tourist path means following the locals….as tourists. For a quiet, relaxed retreat from the cities of Estonia, I followed the city slickers to one of their summer idylls – the island of Hiiumaa, a rural … Continue reading

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