Unless you just rose from the dead, you are probably aware that today – November 4, 2008 – is election day in the United States.
Sharing photos from Vilnius, Lithuania may seem irrelevant on such a momentous day, but it was from there where we voted for the next U.S. President (by absentee ballot) and sank into the quagmire of election news fixation.
Everyone we speak to – regardless of his nationality – confesses a similar addiction: that the first hour of the workday is devoted to reading election campaign coverage.
Anyhow, if you find yourself needing a distraction from the blanket of U.S. election coverage today, just watch the slideshow below to take a stroll through the autumn colors, clever graffiti and church-filled streets of old town Vilnius.
If you don’t have a high-speed connection, check out our Vilnius Photo Set.
As for our election night plans, we’ll spend it with friends in Budapest, Hungary at an AmCham (American Chamber of Commerce) election party. We’ll share photos of how American expatriates and Hungarians together celebrate – or mourn – election night. We vow not to go to sleep until we know who the next American President is.*
*Unless there is a repeat of the 2000 U.S. Presidential election. During that contest, we were on a boat off the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey. We and our non-English speaking crew enjoyed the election returns and mayhem over Turkish radio.
As history hung in the balance, all we could discern were cries of “Bush” and “Gore” as our crew held their arms up like a balance (Bush on one hand and Gore on the other). As news updates came through on the hour, our on-board newsman, Huseyn swayed his arms up and down as Florida’s results were continually re-interpreted. He switched which hand was higher (Bush one hour, Gore the next) and shrugged, disappointed that he could not provide us with anything more definitive.
The rest, they say, is history.
Tomorrow is another day.