Dear Readers,

I have been back in Seattle for three weeks and the time has come to end my blog on life in Lithuania in 2009.  I want to thank all of you who have read this blog over the last nine months — the daily readers, the periodic visitors and the random hits.  I have thoroughly enjoyed writing it and I believe that doing so helped me to enjoy my time in Lithuania much more than I would have without it.  I was more aware of my surroundings, opportunities and experiences as a result of blogging.  Writing the daily posts pushed me to articulate my experiences and reflect on them, as well as simply serving as a record of my life in Lithuania.  I participated in activities and tried new things just because I thought they might make an interesting blog post — and had lots of fun in the process.  I made new friends through my blog and included old friends in my life from afar.  I especially appreciate all the comments I received through the comments section, emails and in person from readers who encouraged me to keep writing.  One day I might return to the blogosphere, but for the next nine months at least my daily writing will be of the academic variety as I work on my dissertation.  Hopefully in a few years you will all get to read my book on Romas Kalanta and Lithuania in 1972.

I won’t say farewell, but iki pasimatymo (until we meet again).