Getting lost is both good and bad!

Hellooooo!

Now, I will continue to tell my story of #jntrekkingineu. It is obvious that I went there alone, so I will come up with ‘getting lost’ experience in each country that I have been!

I know that you all have ever got lost in somewhere you were not familiar with or it was your first time there. So did I! Along this trip, I got lost in every country that I have been!

Many travelers said that getting lost would always take part in every trip they have been. For some, it was a terrible situation for them, but for some, including me, even it was quite scaring, it would always make laugh for my own foolish decisions about where to go or what to do.

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Obertraun Dachsteinhöhlen Bahnhof, Austria

I will talk to Lithuania first. I had around 4 days to travel in Vilnius before going to the camp in Šiauliai. As I ever recommended you about Vilnius The Old Town that 1 day is enough for you. My first day there was really new and good for me, but for my second day, I got lost around there! And all day long I just wanted to find some walls and a restaurant but I could not! Yes!!! I lost my 1 precious day in Vilnius! However, it was lucky for me that my hostel was located at the Gate of Dawn, a popular part of the Old town.

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The Old Town Vilnius, Lithuania

Second, I will talk about Halstatt in Austria. I booked my hotel at the Obertraun, a district away from Hallstatt around 10 minutes. After I went out of my OBB station. I was looking for my hotel. In Google Maps, it located at the same side of the train station. Thus, I went around the houses and looked for some housesalike. I was getting lost there around 30 minutes with my heavy bag at my back until I gave up and asked the local there. He was an uncle at the corner in his house. He said in local language but his fingers pointed at the opposite site if the train station. At that time I felt like ‘Gosh, are you serious?’ It was not the same pattern as it showed in GPS! But I had to go if I wanted to leave my bag as soon as possible. So I needed to walk back and it took me around another 10 minutes. And I finally reached!

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The hotel!

This time I realized that if I went for once and I was not sure, I should find some reliable locals to ask where it was before it took more of my time!

Last but not least in Talinn, Estonia.

I promised to myself at that time that I would ask if I did not know where I was. But, unfortunately, I did not ask any of them while I was in the Old town of Talinn. As I ever lost in Vilnius, the same way I did in Talinn! I tried to go some places that I never walked to, but it did not work. This time just took only 2 hours for me to get lost. It was much less that I did in Vilnius, but at this time, I did not feel bored about it because at the last point I went is that I went to a place for visitors to see the whole from the top.

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The Old Town Talinn, Estonia

So from all of these and experience untold here sum up my ‘getting lost’ as my unfortunate but precious experience for me to just stroll and happy with every walk I took 😀

For the next blog, I will come with my little tips when you want to travel in Europe alone, especially as a girl, a lady and a woman before we take a trip to another 2 countries in Baltic countries: Latvia and Estonia.

Stay tuned!

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birth of #JNTREKKINGINEU!

Hello everyone!

Have you ever met this hashtag before, #jntrekkingineu ?

Some have. Some haven’t. I will not assume anything anymore but today I will talk about my journey when I was in EU on the last vacation before my second-year first semester at Thammasat University.

In fact, EU or European countries cover more than 26 countries, but I have just been there around five countries. If you search my hashtag or my account Jnglobetrekker on Instagram, you will see many photos from my journey. My main point bringing me there was to be a volunteer at Lithuania around 1 month. And I still had around 2 weeks for staying in Europe.

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As a volunteer at Virvyte Camp

I was thinking for many times that where I should go. Any places should be anywhere safe enough for me because I needed to travel alone. So it popped up in my mind that I should go somewhere I really desired to go once in my life!

Therefore, Austria and Auswitchz Concentration Camp came to my head. I have heard so many times about How beautiful Austria is. Salzbrug, Halstatt and Vienna are always in my head. So this is why I decided to go to Austria even though it is quite far from Lithuania if you see the map.

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Salzbrug, Austria

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Hallstatt, Austria

For the reason why I wanted to go to the Concentration Camp in Poland is that I have ever seen many films about WWll such as The Boys in the Stripped Pajamas, Schindler’s List and Life is beautiful. I have ever read Anne Frank and a lot of readings about this situation. No wonder that why I wanted to go to this place.

At that time, I already pinpointed about this city.

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Auschwitz Concentration Camp

However, not enough for my soul, I still wanted to go to Latvia and Estonia because they are in Baltic countries and not many Thais know about it. I have ever studied Geography and I always needed to remember Baltic sea at the north of Europe continent. And at this time, I had a chance to go to Lithuania. So why I should miss it? And they took just 4 hours from Baltic countries themselves so it did not waste much of my time.

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Riga, Latvia

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Talinn, Estonia

From all of these, they became my 10-day personal journey at EU. From 1 and a half month, one thing that I really missed was Thai food. This is a warning from me for Thai people who are planing to go to Baltic Countries or other countries in Europe. If you think you will miss This food and Thai taste or Thai spicy food or etc, you should try Thai food from Thai owners of those restaurants. There might be a lot of Asian food in several countries but I am certain that it differed from the missing one.

For me, I was lucky that I could adapt myself to different tastes but honestly I missed Thai food. One restaurant I will recommend you is the one located in Vienna, Austria. It is near Naschmarkt or Kettenbruckengasse underground, Lemon Leaf Thai Restaurant. I found it accidentally near my hostel. It was sooooooo good!! The price was normal if you decided to eat in the restaurant in Austria.

Actually I have more things to say about my experience, so

Stay tuned for the next blog!!

Last seaside city in Lietuva!

A time for Klaipėda

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Another large city in Lithuania located in the western of the country.

For readers who may be confused about how to call this city. It is ‘Klai-Pey-Da’. That’s it!!

This city has a connecting way to Palanga and Nida as I ever told you before about its stunning.

Traveling from Vilnius takes around 3 to 4 hours. by bus or train.

It is another seaside city with seaports, old town and new town.

It seems like a signature of every city in Lithuania that each has its own old town and new town. and so does Klaipėda. You might think that it would be the same as Kaunas or Vilnius. Absolutely it will never be the same! Even though full of restaurants and bars for tourists like us to feel its atmosphere and easy to get explored by foot, it would be your nice short visit in the city for sure. Here is full of Scandinavian and German architectures as well.

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A place you should not miss here is the Square of Theatre. It hosts many special events in this city for locals and visitors with the sculpture of Ann as a youthful barefoot girl from Tharaw and drama theatre.

This city has its seaside, so it is no hesitation about going to have some relaxation at the beach and Melnrage beach is the closest one to the city. Normally, it will be more visited in summer and crowded during any special occasions. For people who want to see the sunset, here is the perfect place for you!

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Have you ever heard Summer Christmas before?

It is the special feast hosted annually in the last weekend of July, especially in Klaipeda! It is full of performances, shows and concerts. There are a lot of people, locals, Lithuanians or any visitors will come and join this traditional sea festival! So if you have a chance there, don’t miss by the way!

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Another district in Klaipėda has not been told yet! It is Smiltynė. It is an area reachable of boats or ferry only! And here is a place connected to Curonian Spit as known as a breathtaking beach in Lithuania. So if you want to get there, you just need to go to the seaport first with public transport in Klaipėda: bus and minibus.

You may feel confused where to go in Lithuania when you want the beach listed in your journey because there have been 3 cities now! Nida, Palanga and Klaipėda. As a tourist, we might think that it can be anywhere but just Lithuanian. No! It is not an absolute answer for you! To ease this decision, some of my Lithuanian crews suggested me that if I like to party, Palanga is your better answer. Or I if I just want to have some relaxation during my vacation, Klaipėda can respond you in this way. Otherwise you prefer to feel more natures and peace. Nida is a more suitable choice.

Do you see?

Each city has its distinctiveness.

Find your own. Grab your bag. And travel Lithuania!

For the next week, I will come up with special story of my own journey.

Stay tuned!

 

Special thanks for beautiful photos 😀

http://turizmogidas.lt/en/lithuania/klaipeda/

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https://middleeuropeanmelancholy.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/klaipeda/

Palanga is calling!

Are you interested in more seaside parts of Lithuania?

Here they are!

We will start with Palanga first!

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Palanga is located on the western. There is another international airport in Lithuania but it opens for not many international airlines and no domestic flights, Palanga International Airport. Generally the best way to come to Palanga from any cities is by buses. Personally from all my experience there, any bus stations are convenient for both locals and foreigners to take a bus to their destinations, including Palanga. It takes around 4 to 5 hours.

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But again if you already visit Vilnius and Palanga or your last city is near Palanga, and you next point is somewhere such as Riga – Latvia, Warsaw – Poland, or Copenhagen Denmark. You can check and book the flight from there because there are some low-cost airlines which are worth buying not to waste your time. It is not surprising that many countries in Europe can go to each other easily but Europe is the continent! I can confirm that it still takes time if you want to go to another country quite far. There are a lot of buses available with cheap prices, though.

Airport website: www.palangaairport.lt/en

Get back to Palanga!

I know you might think that Thailand has Phuket and a number of islands. It might be hard for us to list Palanga on our targets but once you come to Lithuania. Here should not be missed for people who like crowded or secluded beaches, places to stay calm with nature and perfect nightlife! Wowwwww it is all in one place here in Lithuania.

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When it is the seaside, the best time to come here is summer! And a few valuable months: July and August that the average temperature is more than 20 C. Yes, it is Lithuania’s summer. But actually you can come there every season because the atmosphere and any actives will become more different when it is a different time.

The popular beach can be approachable by many entrances easily for you to look and ask. For the popular street to stroll your life is Basanavičius Street, full of colors and loud music to stir up your trip and  where to find your lunch alternatively.

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In Palanga, you can find numerous kinds of restaurants such as Lithuanian, Belgian, Russian, or Ukrainian food. If you want a romantic dinner, grabbing snacks with your favorite cocktail, Floros Simfonija are there

From any restaurants, one thing I want to recommend you that you take a chance to enjoy your meal at the balcony of the restaurants. Don’t get afraid of Lithuanian summer. It will be your best summer ever!

I think you can assume about its nightlife here! Which is many’s heaven!

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For peace said above, Botanic Gardens and Amber museum are the answers!

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Same things in Kaunas, many places are connected and your go by a walk as Kaunas or others else. There is another choice for you if you do not feel good by foot, which is bicycles. You can rent to ride instead of walking and it will be your comfort again that is many towns in Lithuania always have special bicycle paths for their populations.

However with the same phrase as I told you the last blog: Prepare you shoes and soul is enough!

And here is enough for Palanga

I will come up with the the last town in Lithuania.

Stay Tuned!!!!

 

Thanks for your photos 😀

http://www.baltcoming.com/lithuania/travel-ideas-lithuania/palanga-the-sandy-beaches-the-amber-and-the-breeze-of-holidays/

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http://www.palangaobelyne.lt/en/holiday-palanga/

http://lithuania-the-best.blogspot.com/2011/05/sights-in-palanga.html

Check Kaunas and Nida out!

Today! Kaunas, Nida and Klaipidė are going to be told! As I ever told you so far that Lithuania has more than Vilnius, Trakai or Šiauliai always appeared on several tourism plans. They, or even your bucket lists should add these cities.

And we are gonna start with Kaunus!

Kaunas is located around 30 minutes west side from Vilnius. It is one of the largest cities in Lithuania. If you love to walk along somewhere archaic and some modern parts with friendly weather in summer. Kaunas is your absolute answer.

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Somewhere ancient like Kaunas Castle since the 14th century with its long history as a place of Lithuanian leaders and being the fort at the same time. It is located at the confluence of the rivers, Nemunas and Neris, the same one in the heart of Vilnius.

Nearby, Santaka Park, normally claimed as the heart of Kaunas, is a park you can have some relaxation from your trip.

Castle might not be enough for your trip in Kaunas, its Old Town is your another choice to visit.laisvesaleja

You may possibly think that it is a town with conservative people, or just go there to absorb its ancient feelings. Don’t take it too serious like that. If you discover more in Kaunas, you will find many street art on buildings able to complete your trip here 🙂

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And don’t worry if you think you need buses to go around. Many interesting places here are in the walking distance, so just prepare your shoes, bag and soul!

http://www.boredpanda.com/fluxus-ministerija-kaunas-lithuania/ 

From now, It is a SEA time!!!

Nida, Klaipidė or Palanga as I ever told you looooooooooooong time ago.

These cities are perfectly located near Baltic Sea and popular destinations for foreigners or even Lithuanians themselves!

We will look into Nida first.

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Nida may not others’ destination but mine! However, when I went to Lithuania, I did not go. It was so sad but it is not a big deal because I will go there again for sure.

If you see the city from above you will something impressive like this because from the map, Nida is located in the middle between 2 seas but actually the entire west is the Baltic sea.

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The town with distinctive and peaceful atmosphere has become an interesting place in duration of music and modern art show.

If you do not know where to start in Nida, you can walk along to discover by yourself or ask the locals there, or take a tour to the Curonian Spit, a must place!

How to go there is here, if you are in Klaipidė, another popular city near the Baltic sea, it takes around 2 hours and a half by bus. Actually I have the websites that you check the timetable both of bus and ferry!

Ferry link: https://www.keltas.lt/en/timetable/

Bus timetable: http://www.autobusubilietai.lt/

Full with Kaunas and Nida?

Of course not! only one thing to feel complete is to go there!

You can list these two cities in your list

but there are still two cities: Palanga and Klaipidė

Stay Tuned!

It will be here soon!

Thanks for your photos here 😀

http://www.lithuania.travel/en-gb/attractions/kaunas-old-town/17168

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g274948-d3138362-i159875034-Old_Town_Kaunas-Kaunas_Kaunas_County.html

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