Sometimes, I think it is important to pencil in a little adventure somewhere on the calendar, so I decided to go to Vilnius again for the weekend….. but this time by myself. Now, although my whole entire experience in Russia is essentially an adventure I embarked on “alone,” I do not usually travel places on my own and this past weekend, I found out how amazing it can be. Granted, I love traveling with my husband and friends, but I think it is important to go places alone sometimes because you become a better traveler – more savvy and a bit fearless. In general, there are things that would have terrified me before coming to live in Russia and now I think I have a lot less fear about things that need not be feared, as well as a healthy respect for that which should be respected (and sometimes, avoided). Currently, I am already plotted another trip alone – maybe to the Ukraine or Belarus (it might be worth the visa). Anyhow, here is a glimpse of lovely Lithuania! It is such an interesting country with a tragic history during World War II and the Sovietization process. If you ever find yourself in Vilnius, the KGB museum is a must-visit….. there you can explore the cells were people were tortured and executed. It was a heavy two hour visit and I’ve included two of the paintings outside of the museum at the end of my post. I believe they were all painted by schoolchildren – I found them fascinating. Please enjoy this trip to Lithuania along with me and I hope to bring you more scenes from the Post-Soviet space in the near future!