Cats, Cars ‘n Cams a ‘Typical’ week with TOT

It is never a dull week working at Travel Out There, but for sure this has been one of the most eventful.
First and foremost, all the Travel Out There team would like to wish Sanne, Mike and Lou lots of luck in their new Travel adventures.  Sanne had been working with TOT helping develop our new destinations and managing the Penthouse.  They have now left Baltic shores to head back to Amsterdam. We hope that some future Travel Out There clients will bump in to you both on the streets of the Dam.  Amsterdam and Berlin are our latest destinations to join the Travel Out There family.
Sanne and Mike’s send off party in the House was up there as one of the best in history and it was good to strike a truce with Lou the cat.  I guess everyone needs some sort of vehicle to release all pent-up emotions, Lou was mine!   I would like to take this opportunity to apologise and I hope there are no hard feelings.  As cats go you were all right, but I must admit I am more of a dogman.
I suppose I could consider Milly the Moskvich a bit of a pet for Travel Out There… pushing her along for walks and paying many bills down at the vets. Lets hope she enjoys her make over holiday in Saulkrasti and comes back to town fully energized and revitalized for the summer.
Ivars, our new creative content co-oridinator looked as happy as a pig in mud when he received his new camera.  He was not a happy chappy editing the video we shot on miniDV for my presentation to 30 Dutch students about Travel Out There and the future of tourism.  Therefore we have to apologise for the lack of quality of this video…in future they will all be shot on HD. Happy Days.  But for now check out the piece we cut together and should you want to learn more about Travel Out There feel free to contact me.
Have a great weekend!!

TOT Presentation

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Even the hardest winters fear the spring!

This is a famous Lithuanian saying but it is not only famous sayings that come from Lithuania.  Did you know that the late great John Candy, is from Lithuanian decent.  Cool Runnings is considered a cult classic film in the Travel Out There office and many scenes are re-created when going bobsleighing in Sigulda, Latvia.  Or perhaps it was hardman Charles Bronson’s father who came up with this saying whilst farming his fields in Lithuania??!!

The inspiration for this post was Riga United, a football team sponsored by Travel Out There, venturing on a sports tour to Lithuania last week. There is no doubt Vilnius is an unbeatable destination to have a great football tour both on and off the pitch.  FK Pionieriai, a footie team based in Vilnius, were awesome hosts and are looking forward to playing a return fixture in Riga later in the year.  They are very keen to seek revenge for their 3 – 2 defeat on their home soil.

Vilnius nightlife in a word……incredible!!  Inga, our newly appointed Destination manager in Vilnius.….incredible!!  The footie tour to Vilnius in a word….incredible!!  Vilnius as a Travel Out There destination….you’ve guessed it!!

More Famous Lithuaians!!

Charles Bronson
Take a closer look at his face and you will realise that Charlie Bronson does indeed bear more than a passing resemblance to a typical Lithuanian farmer tending his fields somewhere outside Panavezys. Although his father died when Charles was just ten, he had already propagated another 14 brothers and sisters to accompany the soon-to-be famous youngster.
John Candy
Canadian funny man John Candy was actually of mixed Lithuanian descent. Demonstrating that North Americans can genuinely be funny (even if it does require both their parents to come from Europe) Candy is best remembered for his roles in the Blues Brothers and the classic road movie ‘Planes, trains and automobiles’. Tragically John Candy died in 1994 aged just 43.
John Gielgud
Proving the old adage that the very finest members of the British upper class are foreigners, plumb-in-the-mouth Shakespearean actor Sir John Gielgud was actually born to a Lithuanian father. Gielgud is considered by many to have been one of the greatest actors of his era until he died at the grand old age of 96.
Sean Penn
This very fine actor, often undervalued, due to him being remembered more for having been Malawian child snatcher Madonna’s first husband, has strong Lithuanian connections. Sean Penn’s father had more than a drop of Lithuanian blood in him…these days Penn spends a lot of time away from the movie industry campaigning against social injustices and the policies of the US administration.
Robert Zemeckis
Zemeckis is one of the few Lithuanians to make it famous who still retains a name, which sounds obviously Lithuanian. Zemeckis helped define the popcorn cinema of the 1980s with his directing of classics such as ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’
Hannibal Lecter
Fictional character Hannibal Lecter first appeared in a number of novels before he hit the big screen in 1981. Lecter’s character was born in 1933 in Lithuania. It’s still not clear whether actor Anthony Hopkins, who famously played the mad flesh-eating weirdo, took some of his inspiration for playing Lecter from his own sometimes wild personality. Some speculate that that was the very reason why Hopkins (Who used to be Welsh rather than Lithuanian) swapped the valleys of south Wales to become a US citizen in 2000.
Bob Dylan
The great Bob Dylan was actually the great Robert Allen Zimmerman. The singer-songwriter, musician cum cowboy actor remains one of the great icons of the 1960s. “Blowin’ in the wind” is still the anti-war song of choice for millions of people around the world along with John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance”