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A bubble of melancholy A bubble of melancholy expands in my chest when I reflect on our Baltic Sea odyssey. The route begun in Stockholm, rolled to northern Sweden, then took us across the land of sauna - Finland, all the way south to Helsinki, and further down through the three Baltic republics with fine Old Towns of Tallinn and Riga, and the magnificent Curonian Spit. Now it’s time to continue with our journey. Beginning in Krynica Morska, the Episode III is going to take us through the northern edge of Poland including so-called Tri-City - the Trójmiasto, comprising of Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia, then Ustka, Kołobrzeg and Świnoujście, then across the German coast with the stopovers in Stralsund, Rostock, Wismar, Lübeck, Kiel, all the way to Flensburg. In the meantime we are planning to treat ourselves to a day trip to Rügen - the largest island in Germany.

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Building travel enthusiasm in our daughters There is a real excitement in the air as the day of our departure is getting closer. I and Sylwia often share our travel plans with Laura (4.5) - our elder daughter. We allow ourselves to imagine all the places we’ll visit and the people we’ll meet, or those uninterrupted days together. Such interaction builds her enthusiasm, gives her a sense of what travelling really means and helps her get ready for a new adventure. Klara (2) is still too young to anticipate upcoming journey, but she’ll get to this point soon.

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Feeling like a little boy in a funfair It’s funny. We plan, prepare, pack, walk out, and experience new world of customs, architecture, sights and tastes, but when it comes down to the last day of a trip, we can’t quite believe that the journey is over. And, the minute we return home, our daily routine and responsibilities start knocking to the door again. That’s unavoidable.

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Driving through a whole new world Six months have passed since we completed the Episode I of our Baltic odyssey, and it’s time to turn our attention to its second part. In just a few months we’ll be on our way and I’m again caught up in our adventure - creating the itinerary, nailing the route, glancing at a paper map spread out on the table and seeing the whole trip on it brings a sense of romance. This time we have the coastlines of the Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - on our agenda.

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Here it is: the Baltic Sea. The place that had been in my memories since my early days. I’m closing my eyes and taking myself back to those days when as a young boy I used to spend the whole summers playing on its white beaches. It’s a small handful of experiences that made me feel happy.

Now, I’m coming back there after many years. I don’t know whether the area presents any interest at all for you, but if it does, let me take you with me and my family on our 6000 km long journey alongside its coastline.

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