Into the eighties
Trip Start May 17, 2010
8Trip End Oct 30, 2010
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We started out at Warsaw station at around 8am traveling to Sestokai on the Poland Lithuania border, at which point you have to get out of one train and onto another waiting on an adjacent platform this taking you onwards to Vilnius the capital of Lithuania (the reason for the change is distance between the tracks are different in the two countries).
The Warsaw – Sestokai train takes 7 hours then the Sestokai – Vilnius train takes a further 3, hence the train oriented slant of this blog.
The Warsaw train seems to be kitted out exactly like a slam door network south east commuter train from the late 80’s, small compartments with a little table by the window, fairly comfortable with plenty of room to watch the world go by.
The day we were leaving Warsaw Poland had suffered some rather serious flooding in the south near Krakow (we were in the north traveling north), on the TV’s on the platform the news was showing people being rescued by boat from the tops of cars etc, so not speaking Polish I was a little apprehensive about the Journey as the train pulled in (on time to the second). In the end where we were traveling the river levels were high but I think nothing like the south of the country. The weather was sunny and sultry as we bounced north with city and town giving way to villages and then to dense forest stretching for miles.
Sestokai seems to be a village predominately based upon being on the border where the railway crosses from Poland to Lithuania so they had to build a station just to change trains. Upon arrival at the Station in, we jumped out of the Polish train and onto a 2 carriage Lithuanian train 2 carriages long with benches so hard they hurt to sit on after an hour or two (this probably because I am a soft westerner). Lithuania looked fairly rural with lots of small villages along the route of the train (of which we stopped at most of them) and large city, Kaunas where lots of locals got on. We arrived in Vilnius (the capital) around early evening ready to not be on a train anymore and to search out the hostel….