Backpacking in Lithuania: Top 6 Sights in Šiauliai

Your mental travel life continues to surprise. I was absolutely convinced that the town of Siauliai would be coming down with backpackers. I was ready for the onslaught and sharing 2 litre bottles of cider on quiet street corners. Not so. Siauliai is 12 kilometres from Kryziu Kalnas and makes a decent stop over on route Read more about Backpacking in Lithuania: Top 6 Sights in Šiauliai[…]

Staying at the Siauliai Hotel in Siauliai, Lithuania

My backpacking in Lithuania adventures continued north towards the Latvia border. After exploring the bars and sights of Kaunas, the crazy self proclaimed Republic of Uzupis and the capital city Vilnius, I got a bus up to Siauliai. Siauliai is pronounced “Shough Lay” (use the “ough” sounds from the word “bough” or “Slough”). Siauliai is Read more about Staying at the Siauliai Hotel in Siauliai, Lithuania[…]

Friday’s Featured Food: Cepelini and Gira in Forto Dvaras, Vilnius, Lithuania

Lithuania is awesome. That’s your starting point. Now you want to try the local food, meet the people, learn the history, cross the border into the Republic of Uzupis and be the only backpacker in Siauliai. Well you can, and quite comfortably. Lithuania asks for nothing from you, but leaves you with it’s soul. “I’ll Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Cepelini and Gira in Forto Dvaras, Vilnius, Lithuania[…]

Backpacking in Lithuania: Top 11 Sights in Kaunas

Kaunas is a real under-rated gem of a city. If you’re ever in Lithuania try and give this city a visit. It’s yet to take off tourist wise but it really should be about to boom. Swanky, cosy cafes and bars, friendly people and loads of Lithuanian history mixed in with Soviet times to keep Read more about Backpacking in Lithuania: Top 11 Sights in Kaunas[…]

Backpacking in Uzupis: Top 12 Sights in The Republic Nobody Has Heard Of

I’ve been to some off the wall destinations on my travels. Countries that are unknown to many such as Nagorno Karabakh, Transnistria, Kosovo , Christiania and East Timor. Islands you’ve never heard of – Bruny Island, Cuverville Island, Sark and Atauro Island. However my recent adventure was to the Republic of Uzupis?! Where is that you Read more about Backpacking in Uzupis: Top 12 Sights in The Republic Nobody Has Heard Of[…]

Visiting Kryziu Kalnas (The Hill of Crosses) Near Siauliai, Lithuania

While backpacking in Lithuania I decided to concentrate on just seeing five main places in my week in the country – Kaunas, Vilnius, Uzupis, Kryziu Kalnas and Siauliai. Kryziu Kalnas is known in English as the Hill of Crosses and is a stunning place in the middle of Lithuanian countryside about 12 kilometres outside the town of Read more about Visiting Kryziu Kalnas (The Hill of Crosses) Near Siauliai, Lithuania[…]

World Borders: How to Get from Lithuania to Latvia (Bus from Siauliai to Riga)

Believe it or not, this journey was my first ever land border crossing in the Baltics. I had crossed other ex-Soviet nations by land of course (Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh, Georgia and Azerbaijan) but having explored Lithuania, it was time to head north into Latvia, where I had previously been back in 2007. My final stop Read more about World Borders: How to Get from Lithuania to Latvia (Bus from Siauliai to Riga)[…]

World Borders: How To Get To The Republic of Uzupis Within Vilnius, Lithuania

This edition of World Borders is slightly wacky and different from the usual suspects. The reason is I crossed into the self declared arty Republic of Uzupis whilst remaining all the time within the same city, Vilnius housed in the country of Lithuania. The Republic of Uzupis has been in existence since 1998. It has Read more about World Borders: How To Get To The Republic of Uzupis Within Vilnius, Lithuania[…]