TRIP TO LITHUANIA‘S COAST

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Lithuania is a small country where you can get almost everywhere by train, bus or of course by car. The sights and sounds of Lithuania's spectacular countryside are best experienced on the bus trip and with a great group of friends. Erasmus students in Mykolas Romeris University from all over the world joined this unforgettable trip to Lithuania’s coast – Klaipeda – Nida –Palanga. Exploring Lithuania’s coast is the greatest chance to discover unique landscape and the living style of people from this particular region.

The trip has started by the early morning of Saturday, September the 24th. Mykolas Romeris University’s bus full of thrilled Erasmus students started the trip from Lithuania’s capital Vilnius to Klaipeda, the port city of Lithuania. On the way to our destination we have visited small city of Švėkšna. It is famous of its beautiful church and historical estate. In the afternoon of Saturday the bus arrived to Klaipeda. Klaipeda is Lithuania’s third largest city, located at the narrow strait linking the Curonian Lagoon to the Baltic Sea. Founded in the middle of the 13th century, Klaipeda has become a modern city and the main seaport of Lithuania. After discovering Klaipeda’s port, old town and some famous places we moved to our final destination – Palanga. By the evening of Saturday we reached Palanga which is the most popular coastal resort in Lithuania with white sand beaches and dunes. It is just about 50 kilometres north of Klaipeda and has a population of around 20,000 people, which grows considerably during the high season of July and August. After a great lunch and exploring the city we stayed for a night in Palanga’s hostel for a good rest.

The morning of Sunday was sunny and auspicious for Erasmus students that day. A group of students, who were eager to travel, took a ferry and a bus to Curonian Spit. Lithuania is one of many countries which have an access to the sea, but it is unique. The Lithuanian coastline (Curonian Spit) features one of the world's natural wonders, a narrow, 97 kilometres long sandy peninsula comprised of pine forests and sand dunes. The Spit is inhabited by elk, deer and wild boar. After reaching the Nida (the biggest city of Curonian Spit which is close to the border of Kaliningrad (Russia)) we took a tour around this unique city including Parnidis dune with the the Sun Clock. The dune is of 52m height. There is a great viewpoint which is the only one place in Lithuania where people can observe both - the sun rising from and the sunset into waters.

With a help from Mykolas Romeris University’s International Exchange Unit and ESN MRU Vilnius mentors, Erasmus students had an opportunity to reach the beautiful Coast of Lithuania. This trip has strengthened our community by experiencing cultural diversities in host country – Lithuania.
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2011-09-26
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