Mary: "I can't wait to slide down a giant tongue!"

Trip Start Aug 23, 2007
Trip End Sep 23, 2007

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Monday, September 10, 2007

The headache continues ... not good ... For breakfast, we ate the leftover cheese and crisps, and threw in some juice and yogurt for good measure.  Off to Klaipeda - it was a rough ride on the mini-bus, and it felt like my brain was bouncing off of the inside of my skull.  Not pleasant, as it felt like it was going to explode!
It was pretty rainy in Klaipeda - and I made the mistake of getting off the bus too early.  The driver also almost left with our luggage - I had to chase after it for a step or two and bang on the side of the bus. 
We were actually lucky - getting off one stop too early actually put us closer to the B&B, but unluckily for us, I had no idea where we were.  So we ended up walking towards the bus station (and away from the B&B) for a few minutes.  Once I finally figured out where we were, we turned around and headed in the right direction.   
The B&B was quite nice and had a rustic feel to it.  Charming would be a good way to describe it; charming is also a good way to describe the attractive B&B receptionist.  I guess Klaipeda has something in common with Toledo! 
Off to the TI to do some planning for our time in Klaipeda.  My headache was worsening.  I considered using the corkscrew on my Swiss Army knife to drill a hole in my temple to relieve the pressure.  I was in a crappy mood for most of the day. 
We ferried over to the Curonian Split and hopped on a bus for the dunes of Nida.  On the bus - Mary-ism #13:  "Bored-cast".  I'm guessing she meant "broadcast".  We laughed.  I felt a little bit better.
After the dunes, we hit the Witches' Hill.  Very cool park with neat wooden sculptures.  Getting around the Curonian split is a bit of pain without a car - buses are infrequent.  Having time to kill before catching a bus back to the ferry, we had a quick snack and relaxed at a café
The Scissor Sisters' "I don't feel like dancing" was playing.  Memories of last summer ... I remembered the first time I saw the video and how I laughed at how cheesy they were intentionally trying to be. 
The entire island seemed to be pitch black by the time we boarded our bus back to the ferry.  Because we couldn't see where we were going, I felt uneasy - could we have gotten on the wrong bus?  But no worries, we made it safely back to the ferry.  The ticket office was closed, so we just wandered on board and got a free ride back to Klaipeda.
Dinner was at Peda, a funky little restaurant.  There was lots of tongue on the menu ... mmm.  Dinner was accompanied by Svyturys, a Lithuanian brew.  Not bad, but not cider!  There were a few excited basketball fans in the place, watching their national team play.  I guess Lithuanians are pretty passionate about the sport - they were understandably quite happy that their team won. 
And finally ... after four long days ... my headache was gone!  I'm glad that it wasn't a massive brain infection, like I suspected that it might have been.  We paid our bill (only 8 Euros for our meal, including drinks and tip!) and walked back to the B&B.  There are some unbelievable acoustics in the room - hopefully Mary's snoring won't be too bad tonight!
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