Today we took a 4 hour bus ride from Riga to Kaunas, Lithuania. We didn't originally plan to stop here- we were going to go straight from Riga to Warsaw, Poland. However, since there aren't any trains in this area, we would have had to take a 12 hour bus ride and that didn't sound super fun. So instead we took the slightly better option of doing 4 hours one day and 8 hours the next. Thus, we are spending one night in Lithuania on our way to Poland!
We arrived at 3:00pm in Kaunas and then headed to our hotel. So, you know how I mentioned that the rail cars in Latvia were old? Well, in Lithuania they might be worse. While they are bigger, they seem even older and sound even less safe.
However, we made it to our hotel each in one piece! Tonight we are spending the night in a hotel because a) hotels are very cheap in Lithuania- our hotel costs less than a typical AirBnB night and b) since we are just there for the night, we wanted the convenience of just checking in and out and c) it has a free breakfast.
We just had dinner at a little hole in the wall place (the only thing close to a restaurant around us!) that has 3 menu items- burgers, veggie burgers, and ribs. We both got the burger at ate them in the 6 person-sized establishment. It was good food and the place was completely adorable and authentic.
We walked a few blocks to get there and basically all of the buildings looked the same. Including the church! It was the strangest thing- this church looked like a Soviet government building, but it had a steeple and cross! I mean it doesn't look that crazy, but it threw me off guard after all of the beautiful and intricately designed churches I've seen!
Anyway, it is now raining and we are off to bed before our bus leaves early in the morning!