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I spent around 6 weeks in the Baltic countries of <a href="http://brookevstheworld.com/category/latvia/">Latvia</a>, <a href="http://brookevstheworld.com/category/lithuania/">Lithuania</a> and <a href="http://brookevstheworld.com/category/estonia/">Estonia</a> back in 2008.  Basically, I was killing time while waiting for <a href="http://brookevstheworld.com/my-life-as-a-teacher/">my teaching gig to start up in Ukraine</a>, and I really couldn't have picked a better place - to hang out, meet cool people, eat good food and enjoy a nice mix between Eastern and Western Europe - than in that part of the world.

Baltic Graffiti – A Photo Essay

I spent around 6 weeks in the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia back in 2008. Basically, I was killing time while waiting for my teaching gig to start up in Ukraine, and I really couldn't have picked a better place - to hang out, meet cool people, eat good food and enjoy a nice mix between Eastern and Western Europe - than in that part of the world.
April 27, 2010 · Continue Reading · 20

What has been the best year of your life?

In one of my conversation clubs in school here in Ukraine, I asked my students what the best year of their life has been. Questions like these, followed with a simple, “Why?”, are a great way to get them all to talk (my main goal for my classes), while also killing a ton of class time. However, a lot of… Read more
January 15, 2009 · Continue Reading · 6
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So, you were expecting to find a former Soviet Navy nuclear submarine training center, too?!

Paldiski could be classified as the worst city I have ever travelled to… purposely. Apparently, the guide books even say “Welcome to Hell” when talking about the small, former Soviet naval base, but still my current fascination with all things “Soviet style” helped Sam talk me into checking it out. Apparently there was even going to be the remains of… Read more
October 10, 2008 · Continue Reading · 1
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It feels like autumn.

Imagine my shock when the day I flew from Kazakhstan to Latvia I also went from sweating to freezing! Everyone in Riga was wearing a coat, hat, gloves… the works. “Ugh!” I thought. I really despise cold weather, but don’t get confused. That doesn’t mean I like summer either! So I may be a bit sensitive to temperature, but I… Read more
October 6, 2008 · Continue Reading · 2
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Totally Crossed Out!

They say there are 55,000 in total, but I really wonder if it is more than that. One can easily get lost in the sea of relics on display at the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania. I had seen pictures before setting out on the 3 hour bus ride to the small town of Siauliai, but none will ever do… Read more
October 4, 2008 · Continue Reading · 6

Tickets to the Gun Show

It’s sort of funny, but one of the touristy things you can do in the Baltic countries is shoot some bad-ass guns for fun. I had never really thought about using guns for fun before, but when I found out my friend who is working at a hostel in Vilnius, Lithuania (VB Sleep Inn) is actually in charge of taking… Read more
October 1, 2008 · Continue Reading · 11

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