Jan. 3rd, 2017

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I note that LiveJournal's servers (and thus the host for this) have moved to Mother Russia. I see several people migrating off as a result. When I get a Roun Toit, I'll probably set up my Wordpress site and use this as a mirror. I find that I'm in no rush to accomplish that.

Travel

I attended the inaugural Writing Excuses Workshop and Retreat (on a boat). This year's edition involves a cruise in the Baltics, which is by far the easiest way to see St. Petersburg Russia. It is also shockingly handy to Worldcon 75 in Finland and my dad's family Old Soil, Lithuania.

Over the past few days, I've booked the Writer's Workshop cruise, the hotel in Helsinki and flights to Hamburg for cruise and from Helsinki to Chicago. It hurt me right in the wallet but I booked business class for both flights. Yeah, it's three times the money but damn do economy seats hurt my ass for 7 to 9 hours. I have never been able to sleep on a plane, so this is an experiment.

I've set up travel insurance, so I can recover what I can't cancel if I have to. I've not yet booked the Hamburg to Lithuania leg. I'm having problems finding a flight that doesn't dump me in Lithuania at midnight or later. This is in part due to me not getting off of the ship until after 10 AM.

Due to Lithuania being on Russian-gauge rail, trains are a problem. I looked into driving, but it's 844 miles or 13 hours to drive. Also, German car rental places won't let me drive their car into Poland or Lithuania, so that means renting a car in Poland plus cross-border fees.

I'm going to double-check Air Baltic, but it looks like the most viable alternative is to walk on a ferry in Kiel (cruise ship port) and walk off in Lithuania. I'm also reading that due to the rail network in country, renting a car is preferred.

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