November 18, 2016
Macaroons + Hot Chocolate in Kaunas, Lithuania
I think it needs to be mentioned that while these pictures were taken, both Wendy and myself were freezing. We could feel the cold air on our cheeks, leaving us unable to talk and on some occasions even smile. It’s a miracle Wendy managed to snap these shots without wearing gloves. I was so happy to wear my new pair of mittens, they are lined with fur and kept my hands warm enough to keep me going. Fighting the feeling of running back to the car, we had a wee wander in Laisvės aleja the main street of Kaunas city…
Lithuania was the final destination of this KUGAdventure and we were both eager to explore as much of the country as possible within the last few hours or our roadtrip. While crossing the borders we were indecisive as to which city to visit, Kaunas or Vilnius (where we would end up anyway since there it was the airport). And so we turned into our good old friend that is Pinterest.
But the tricky thing about this, is that all pinned images look glorious and to an extend deceptive. So we made the mistake to visit Kaunas instead of Vilnius, and the reason I say this was a mistake is because Kaunas had nothing interesting in the centre to see or do. It might be the cold and the rain, but we really felt that maybe Vilnius was the right city to spend our last few hours. I’ll give Kaunas (and Pinterest) the benefit of the doubt though and come back one day during the summer.
In search of something to warm us up, we stumbled upon a Cafe and treated ourselves to cake and hot chocolate. Totally unaware of the time change – crossing the border of Poland to Lithuania you lose an hour – we spend our time around the city, sampling macaroons and taking pictures of the grand cathedral at the end of the street. Until we realised how late we’ve been…
And that’s where the Ford KUGA magic begins!
We raced through the cities, small villages and woods, half checking Google maps on Wendy’s phone, half speaking (literally) to the navigation system. At the beginning I felt a bit stressed and that I would miss my flight, as I was flying an hour before Wendy. How wrong I was! Not only we made it on time, but we also had speedy boarding arranged by the ever lovely Ford UK staff, who by the way were expecting us outside the airport and didn’t even let us to park the car. Talking about being in good hands!
As we walked through the gates, Wendy and I kissed and said our goodbyes with the promise to meet again soon, somewhere in between Glasgow and/or Edinburgh. We thanked the Ford UK team, for their incredible hospitality and help during this road trip, we waved our hands to the passing SUV outside the window and headed to our gates.
This was one of the most unusual press trips I’ve ever been, but at the same time the most adventurous one! If there is a chance to live life with unplanned adventures as such (and hot chocolate and macaroons are included), then I am up for it! Thank you Wendy and Ford UK for having us!
*all pictures taken by Wendy and myself.