Uz zalā pakalniņa
Pirmo reizi dziedāt gāju,
Savu balsi vēdināt.
In the spring evening,
On the green slope,
I went singing for the first time,
Airing out my voice.
Spring has sprung and it’s time to head outside! Spring is one of the best times to be in the Baltics as everything magically awakens after a seemingly endless winter sleep. Flowers begin to bloom, people begin to smile more, and the threat of falling icicles is diminished. Though the writers at City Paper recognize that spring is not necessarily the warm, cheerful, and chirpy spring of fairytales one might wish to frolic through, a few of our articles take us beneath the Baltics to explore some of the finest scenery and a past often forgotten.
We know that diving isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Estonia, but in this issue we not only go out and about in the country, but also partially beneath its surface, to the sunken prison at Rummu to explore one of the lowest points in Estonia, where some spent the lowest points of their lives.
Lithuania’s outdoors take us again underground, to the remnants of World War Two artillery battery Memel Nord near Klaipeda, to discover the secrets hidden in a place where time has stood still for so long.
For those willing to more fully embrace the great outdoors, we interview famed chef and cookbook author, the wonderful Signe Meirāne, about her tips for a perfect Baltic picnic.
In true eclectic Baltic style, Edmundas Vaiciulis of Lithuania shows us how eccentricity, rebellion, and the hunt for truth can result in some of the most unique artistic pieces of our modern era with a visit to The Pan House.
No matter what surprises or delights the unpredictable Baltic spring weather may bring, this season’s issue will guide you to a place just right to feed the soul and awaken the senses. Should you find yourself in a particularly moving location this season, feel free to share with us on Twitter @CityPaperBaltic!
Happy Spring from all of us at City Paper!