Impossible is Nothing!

Trip Start Sep 28, 2010
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Friday, September 9, 2011

And so we said goodbye to the Baltic coast and headed to Vilnius. We were looking forward to exploring the city and hanging out in the great little apartment we had organised, but we also had an important job to do........play our part in the Vilnius Marathon.

Getting married one weekend, then spending the next running a marathon seems a little unconventional, but that's the way our Polish friends roll (or rather run). We met Michael and Marta in Ethiopia and ended up traveling together for a while, including hiking together at altitude in the Simien Mountains for 5 days. Alex & I chose to take a mule for all our gear.....Michael and Marta carried all theirs.....now it's all starting to make sense!!



So after an intensive Saturday of carbo loading (there's lots of carb's in cakes right?) it was our job on Sunday to help Marta and her parents cheer Michael on as he ran round and round and round the circuit for 42 km. And while Michael ran 42km, we must have clocked up nearly as much moving from one side of the course to the other screaming all manner of things in polish and english every time he ran past. Marta and her parents had made a special sign, on one side there was a message (threat) from the new wife and on the other side a message (bigger threat) from the new parents-in-law which offered words of encouragement. We think it basically said......"run faster or else"!!



Well whatever it said we could tell who all the Polish runners were by their smiles as they passed, and it must have worked as Michael smashed his record by several minutes, finishing in a little over 3 hours......amazing!!!

Inspired by all that exercise we spent the next few days in Vilnius eating potato pancakes. As well as a great place to become an expert in Lithuanian cuisine, Vilnius has a beautiful old town, quite a few quirky art galleries, and some very cool graffiti, particularly on a lot of the old Soviet buildings. After Lithuania we're heading to Warsaw to stay with Michael & Marta and spend some more time catching up with them, and hear all about their wedding.
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