Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sudava: Home of Our Local Guide

We arrived at our guide’s home and were heartily welcomed as her neighbors were leaving with fresh berries they had just picked. We saw the small, probably Soviet-built house, neat garden, lawn, and TV dish. We entered the back door … Continue reading

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Marijampole Evangelical Lutheran Church

We walked with our guide to the church just two short blocks north of the hotel. The streets were “all torn up” so walking was really easier than driving there.  A few people, mostly older women, sat in the pews. … Continue reading

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Pustopedzie/Pustapeziai

Two other Spurgat families lived here: Matylda Spurgat, born in 1878, August Spurgat born in 1879, and his brother Otto Spurgat born in 1880. We traveled directly from Pilviskis/Pilviskiai. A large sign announced that the 10th anniversary celebration of the … Continue reading

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Pilviskis/Pilviskiai Old German Cemetery

We wound our way to the cemetery where a few surprises awaited us. First, the bumper guard from Vilius’ car came off as he backed from the cemetery onto the road to park the car. Next, as we wound our … Continue reading

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