Day 4 – farewell Sweden, heading overnight for Lithuania
Day 5 – arrival in Klaipeda
Day 6 – Klaipeda
Lithuanian legend tells of an ancient tribe, who worshipped the sun and fire, that once lived along the banks of the Akmena river. The time came when the tribe needed to find a new place to settle, so they sent out their bravest hunters – two fair-haired and blue-eyed brothers, Deer and Wolf – in search of a place for the tribe’s new home. The brothers made their way along the tracks of wild animals and over the oak covered hills when finally from the top of a hill they saw the majestic blue sea stretching before them. They wished to reach the sea so that they could greet her, but between the brothers and the sea lay a boggy marshland. Each brother took a different route to try and find a way around the marsh.
Deer reached the shore and decided that here, where the yellow sand touched the sea, he would bring his tribe, but Wolf, who had followed the river, disappeared forever. As much as Deer called and searched for Wolf, all that he found was a single footprint slowly sinking into the muddy bog. Deer returned to his tribe and brought them to the new found area to live and for generations the stories of Deer’s adventures and the tale of Wolf’s fruitless quest were told. As time passed much of the story was forgotten except for the part where Wolf was lost forever and all that was found was his “lost footprint” (klai peda).
We then went on for interesting explorations of RNOV Shaban Oman II and NVe Cisne Branco, both modern three-masted square-riggers, of the Omani and Brazilian navies respectively.
And so it was time to head to the airport, after a short but enjoyable holiday with Trinovante once more.