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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Journey to the east

Hi, it's Andrew again.

In last blog I briefly wrote about my trip to the Baltic countries, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. I have now returned to Copenhagen after nine days and eight nights. For most young people these days, the impression of this corner of the world is usually no more than the Baltic way or the Baltic chain, which happened in 1989 when approximately 2 million population joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 675.5 kilometers(420 mi) across these three Baltic states, which were still considered at the time to be the three constituent republics of the Soviet Union. It was done in order to call more attention to this unknown corner, and indeed in the end they succeeded in attaining their own countries. 

Today, almost 30 years later, this region is still somewhat undiscovered even though its countries are developed. People forget about the beautiful uniquity of the human landscape between western Europe and Slavic world. 

Lying by the Finland Bay off the south coast of Helsinki, Estonia is growing its high-tech industry more and more. The commercial vehicle sharing network like Uber was introduced here, the earliest in the world. Also the 5G data technology will be put into work in 2018, also the earliest in the world. Latvia on the other hand is working on transforming the low-end service oriented economy to integration of markets of larger variety. Its capital, Riga, has turned itself into the largest city among the three countries. Lithuania, against the other two, seems to place more emphasis on maintaining its historical value and traditions. But when I broke my phone screen there, it was easy to have the device fixed by the technicians within a day for a very reasonable price.

Another experience I want to mention was the day when my friend and I missed the only bus in two hours from the suburbs, where the Hill of crosses is located, back to downtown ┼áiauliai, the fourth largest city of Lithuania. It was late and cold, and being late two hours also meant missing the last train of the day back to Vilnius. We had to try hitchhiking, and unexpectedly a very friendly Lithuanian mother stopped to help us out in no time. It's probably impossible for her to see what I am writing now, but I just would like to say thanks to this warmhearted woman.

With all these elements planted in the heart, all the architecture appeared exceptionally lovely, and here are some shots I took from my trip.