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Hel in a Handbasket

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Date : Sun, Jul 20, 2014 06:49 AM
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Because of the time it took to fill out paperwork, I almost missed my ride. I thought Inija was picking me up in her new car, but her brother, Valdas, found me instead and whisked me to the Guest House. I could have stayed at Inija’s, but when I went there after they told me my room wasn’t ready, and I saw three half-naked men asleep in the beds (it was about 90 degrees outside – I guess I brought the California weather with me), I was glad to be staying in a private room with my own bath.
I did get to see Rimgaille and her two darling children before I wandered off to Tele2 for a sim card and time on the antique cell phone Inija gave me. (It was Jonas’.) Enjoyed a very nice repast at the Poppy Café nearby. I`ve been there before. Inija is at 27 Vivulskio and the guest house it at 36. I had recommended it as the host hotel for the conference since it has a great location and great prices (I paid $140 for five nights.) It used to be the Teachers` University Hostel, and I`ve been staying there since 1998!(It was very bleak & Russian then, but has been nicely redone, although I miss the huge old bathtubs.)
    I`d asked Inija if there were anything I could do to help with the conference, and she said she was worried about contacting all the visitors to inform them about transportation arrangements tomorrow to Verkiai Palace. I told her I`d take care of it, and I did by posting a sign between the elevators with instructions on when to meet. My luggage has NOT arrived.

Conference of European Congress of Ethnic Religions (ECER ),  July 8 – 11, Vilnius (Lithuania).

July 8, Verkiai Palace (Žaliųjų ežerų str. 49)
9:30 Registration of the participants
10:00 – 11:30 Opening of Conference and Open circle discussion
·    Welcoming speeches by Inija Trinkuniene and Andras Corban
·    Interactive presentations of each participating organization in Open circle discussion
11:30  Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Screening and discussion R. Balkute, N. Laurinkiene movie Premier “Rye Harvest and Relics of Rituals Dedicated to Mother Earth in Lithuanian Village.”
Screening of a movie on Gaya: Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaya
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:30 Continuation of Open circle discussion
16:30 - Child Blessing
17:00 Ritual folk group Kulgrinda and kankles player ZemynaTrinkunaite performance
18:00 Opening Ritual in the park
19:00 Dinner


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