Greetings from Klaipeda, Lithuania! Check out this video documenting our travels:
Apologies for the delay in a quality update -- we've been working hard to adjust to the new time zone. We are currently 10 hours ahead of the Valley (7 hours ahead of the Hoosiers). In the past when we've traveled abroad, that's not been an issue, but here's a quick geography lesson about Lithuania.
Your latitude, or how far north or south you are of the equator, determines the length of your day. I'm pretty sure this has to do with the tilt of the earth's axis and why we have seasons. You may notice where you live -- the days of summer seem to last much longer than those of winter.
Lithuania is considerably further north than the continental United States. Check out this image to get a better idea how far north we're talking.
|Lithuania is in red. Phoenix, you're as far north as Morocco. Indiana, you are as far north as Turkey.|
In short, our "north-ness" means our days right now are long. Like, "Sunrise at 4:45 a.m. and sunset at 10 p.m. and you're not quite able to sense what time of day it is" long. Our first evening here we slept 15 hours and woke up at 3 p.m. The second we slept three hours and woke up at 2:30 a.m. Needless to say, our fingers are crossed for tonight.
It's OK, though -- the Summer Language Institute orientation doesn't begin until Monday and the students don't arrive until Friday.
Other than that, we are doing great! Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.