Just reached Klaipeda, Lithuania on the west coast of Lithuania. This is a quiet port town that is used as the launching point for the legendary Curonian Spit bike ride (~25-30 miles), which I’m doing tomorrow. It also affords me the opportunity to post pictures from Vilnius.

First things first: it rained a lot while we were there. Basically every day, with the exception of the day-trip to Trakai.  Ismael and I didn’t mind much, as it gave us an excuse to stay indoors and sample more of the locally brewed beer.

The view of the rain-soaked street from the pub in which Ismael and I drank. And drank.

The view of the rain-soaked street from the pub in which Ismael and I drank. And drank.

The next day, Ismael and I went to the Museum of Genocide Victims, which is also known as the KGB Museum, since the Soviets used this as a KGB prison for basically 50 years. There were some awful rooms in that place: one in particular was a room full of ice cold water with a tiny platform that they’d put a prisoner on. In addition, the platform was wobbly, requiring the person on the platform to balance on it to keep from falling in the ice water. Truly chilling.

This place was the home of a lot of evil.

This place was the home of a lot of evil.

The food in Vilnius was pretty good: I tried a bunch of Lithuanian dishes and only didn’t like one of them, which was basically a potato with sour cream. They also had these bad boys in the store:

I refused to eat these out of principle. Spicy Tomato is the San Diego flavor? Bullshit, I say!

I refused to eat these out of principle. Spicy Tomato is the San Diego flavor? Bullshit, I say!

On the final day, Ismael and I went to the old Cathedral and took some cool pictures. First, though, is a picture of where the longest human chain ever assembled took place, stretching from Vilnius, Lithuania all the way up through Latvia and Estonia. The chain was in protest of Soviet occupation, and has a very symbolic meaning to the Lithuanians.

It's a Soviet Ouija Board!

It’s a Soviet Ouija Board!

And the Cathedral Square:

You might not know this to look at me but I can run really really fast.

You might not know this to look at me but I can run really really fast.

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