Wednesday, January 09, 2008
On December 18 Jason, Tiana, and Sharon had to make a run for the border of Poland to get a stamp in their passport when their residence permit ran out. Well the time came for Kellie and I to do the same on the 28th. BUT on the 21st, Lithuania enter into the Schengen area of Europe. This means that they no longer have border crossings to other Schengen countries, which includes Poland to the south and Latvia to the north. So Kellie and I went to immigration to see what we had to do. They told us we needed a stamp, so we should fly to a non Schengen country like Switzerland. This was a bit of a shock to us so we called the US Embassy and the Lithuanian Foreign Affairs to see if there were other options. We figured out that we could get a stamp in the airport because there were still immigration checkpoints in the airports. So as we figured this out I called Jason and told him to find the cheapest airline ticket he could that left that day and came back the next day. He found a great deal flying to Tallinn, Estonia for 140 dollars round trip! So before I bought the tickets, I called Kellie and told her the plans to leave in 3 hours for the airport. I asked if her mom, who was visiting, would like to come too. NOT only did Kitty decided she wanted to go along for the adventure but she also offered to pay for Sharon to go too!!! So the four of us hopped on a plane that evening and flew an hour to Estonia. We got in at 8:30 pm where we proceeded to eat a fun dinner and go to bed. Then we caught our flight back the next morning at 8:30. It was quite an adventure. I have to give a big THANKS to Kitty Brotnov!