VILNIUS, Lithuania (NNS) -- Naval Support Facility (NSF) Redzikowo Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) organized and led a trip to Vilnius, the capitol city of Lithuania, for a weekend, Oct. 6.
The MWR trip offered Sailors an opportunity to learn about Lithuania's culture and history as well as enjoy liberty while they are assigned to NSF Redzikowo, the Navy's newest installation, and the first U.S. installation in Poland.
"I wanted to see Lithuania because when I was a Petty Officer 3rd Class, I served with a Sailor from Lithuania," said Chief Logistics Specialist Marisol Rodriguez. "Now, I can tell him I've been to his homeland."
The trip offered three day tours as well as time for Sailors to explore the city of Vilnius and its many sites, cultural experiences and local cuisine.
Among the tours offered was a guided tour of Trakai Island Castle, the historical capitol of ancient Lithuania.
The following day, Sailors toured the open-air museum of Lithuania in Rumikės. The exhibitions at the museum are intended to introduce the ethnographic regions of Lithuania from the end of the 18th century and the first half of the 20th century.
The final day trip was to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Centre, Kernavė Archaeological Site. The site is a testimony to nearly 10 millennia of human settlements in the region.
18 Sailors from NSF Redzikowo attended the trip.
"One of the greatest rewards of my job is facilitating these experiences for Sailors, especially for the Sailors who have not traveled very much," said MWR Site Director Christy Eschenbacher. "I get to watch the excitement on their faces as they see castles, historical sites and locations many only dream of."
NSF Redzikowo is part of Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (NAVEURAFSWA). NAVEURAFSWA executes the eight lines of operations ashore to support the United States and Allied Forces operating in the Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia area of responsibility.
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