Archive for June, 2011

Neko Cafe, Ueno, Tokyo
Neko Cafe Ueno Tokyo

I’m sure you’ve heard of the maid cafes in Japan. But did you know they also have cat cafes? Yes, Japanese people and some American tourists (I’m not naming names here) like to go to cafes where they can feed, pet and play with cats. Now, I’m talking normal stuff here. Not some bizarro otaku, anime, cat-woman fantasies. These are adorable cats. Fancy-ass cats like purebred Russian Blues and Siamese and what-not, but normal cats nevertheless.

Landing in Lietuva
Landing in Lietuva (Photo: Adrienne Lusby)

This is not meant to be a list of the “best travel books or writers.” It is simply a list of those books that quickened my pulse at the thought of travel and adventures in foreign lands. These are the books that inspired and fostered my wanderlust:

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Helsinki Airport on my way to Lithuania (Photo: Adrienne Lusby)

People often ask me why I travel so much. I don’t usually ask them why they stay home so much.  I mean, there are so many places to see and experience, I can’t imagine NOT traveling.  But when you decide to travel around the world, folks want to know why.

Gediminas Tower
Gediminas Tower

Tickets purchased. Bag packed. Stomach empty. I was ready to eat Lithuanian food, hang out with old friends and speak Lithuanian to anyone willing to listen, including some French tourists who I mistakenly assumed were Lithuanian. All was right when they heard me say “Frank Zappa” as they too were on a quest to find the Frank Zappa bust in Vilnius. What better symbol of freedom and democracy than a bust of the late, great Frank Zappa?

Trakai Castle
Trakai Castle (Near Vilnius, Lithuania)

Hi, I’m Algis

Algis

I have an insatiable wanderlust which takes me to some crazy places where I try strange foods, pretend I'm a local and talk with elephants. Keep reading...

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