This photo was as we were dropped off at the Seattle airport. Thirteen and half hours and two budget carrier flights later, and we all probably looked a little less excited. But we made it.
The kids did remarkably well. No fussing and no complaints.
First thing they noticed was that Vilnius, Lithuania reminded them a lot of the US. There were streets, cars, trees and buildings, just like we have!
Took an Uber to our AirBNB and surprised our host who had fallen asleep on the couch. A half hour later with some lackluster cleaning efforts on his part and he handed us the key.
The best way to paint a picture of our dwelling is that it is definitely communist era Eastern European, and that it is cleanish–cleanish sheets, cleanish pillow cases, cleanish towels, etc. etc. By cleanish, I mean to say they might have been washed prior to us coming, but it’s hard to tell for sure.
First thing we did once we had our stuff situated was to hit the town for some real Lithuanian eats. I got a Big Mac with creamy barbecue fries (available only in Eastern Europe and prepared according to a traditional local recipe that appeared to consist of 3 squirts of mayonnaise and 2 squirts of barbecue sauce), Nolan and Margaret got cheeseburgers, Jane had chicken McNuggets, and Ashley got a true Lithuanian fusion dish–spicy cheese nuggets. And a Fruits of the Forest pie (available only in Eastern Europe). I gotta say, we all have been pretty impressed by the local cuisine.
In reality, though, we hadn’t eaten for quite a while, and at 850 meters away (about a half mile), it was the closest place to get something to eat.
After that, we hit the grocery store and hauled a few days’ worth of groceries home. Now it’s 12:30 am local time and 3:25 pm the day before in Utah. I guess it’s time to hit the sack.