After seeing the sights of Vilnius, we headed to Siauliai with Wednesday including a press conference at Siauliai University with the acting Rector, Donatas Jurgaitis and Dean Ingrida Baranauskiene and meetings with the faculty in the department.
|David Conway and Donatas Jurgaitis|
|Research Conference Agenda, page 1|
Phil Nordness presenting at the Siauliai Conference
After the conference, we were invited to a reception that celebrated 20 years for the department of Social Welfare and Disability Studies. The Siauliai University Lithuanian Folk Singing group entertained us during the reception.
|Lithuanian Folk Singers|
|Drs. Ingrida Baranauskiene, Daiva Mockeviciene, and Lina Miltenienė at the reception|
Liuda Radzevičienė took time out of her busy schedule to take us to the Hill of Crosses that is just outside of Siauliai.
Renata took us to Palanga and Klaipeda so we could see some other areas of Lithuania including the beautiful Baltic Sea. Much time was also spent discussing research projects as Renata has collected almost 600 responses for the project that she is collaborating on with Phil Nordness and another project was developed while we were at the conference.
|Phil Nordness and Renatta Geleziniene|
Our last stop was Riga, Latvia as that is the closest airport to Siauliai. This gave us the last afternoon to explore old town Riga. We were able to see buildings with dates such as 1646 on the front as the yellow building in the picture and the Freedom monument.
|Kris Swain at the Freedom Monument, Riga|
The hospitality that we received by everyone on our trip was incredible. They went out of their way to host lunches and dinners, answer questions and show us many parts of Lithuania. We learned of many opportunities for research collaborations so keep tuned as projects continue to develop.