I would be amiss not to mention the wonderful people we have met on our journey.
- Our wonderful relatives who welcomed us into their lives after a lifetime of never knowing we all existed. We instantly connected to these people who not only looked like us, but graciously helped us connect to those who had left this world many years before. We appreciate our freedom so much more after hearing their stories of occupation during Socialist times, when they could not even speak their own language or practice their own faiths.
- The incredible people at the Hotel Romantic in Panevyczys, who we felt took us in as family. Any hotel in the world would do themselves a favor to look at the model for customer service this hotel offers. They could not have been more accommodating in making our family reunion a memorable and special experience and our stay the most comfortable. I've traveled many years, and I've rarely come across a hotel as wonderful as this.
- Tomas and Morris at the Kungiss Inn, who were constantly taking us into town or helping us out with our needs.
- The helpful staff of the Hotel Neringa, our first stop on our Lithuanian adventure.
- The incredible people of Amsterdam who are among the most wonderful in the world; and especially the entire staff of the Marriott downtown Amsterdam who always greeted us with smiles and hellos, and took special care of my mother on the concierge floor (perhaps spoiled her is the better term!!!)
- The many friends we met on our journey; the contractor working in Iraq, the women from Switzerland by way of South Africa studying education for the gifted, the family who just traveled to Iceland on the Prince Albert II, the kind waitress at our favorite Lithuanian restaurant who is studying to be a dentist, my sister's friends who we met in Vilnius and will maintain connections with in the states.
All these people added colors to the collage of our journey. Thank you!