This week I travelled to the city Kaunas in Lithuania, one of the Baltic states. Kaunas is situated on the confluence of the two biggest rivers of Lithuania: Nemunas and Neris! The city has many universities, high schools and a 1,6 km pedestrian alley with a bike path. Nowadays the Kaunas cyclist can use only 60 km of bike paths, but it will grow up to 150 km in the future.
Kaunas is a nice town, however I was quite busy: I was invited to the Kaunas City municipality to introduce myself. The atmosphere of the meeting was very nice, despite the amount of serious people that were present! I made such an impression that I was immediately invited to give a stand presentation at the event in autumn (on 24-25 September 2014 Kaunas will host event of World Health Organisation Transport, Health Environment Pan-European Program (http://www.euro.who.int/)). Looks like I will be back in Lithuania soon. Wish me good luck !
Last week I travelled again to my home base, lovely Leuven (in French: Louvain). Leuven is located about 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of Brussels. It is home to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the largest and oldest university of the Low Countries and the oldest Catholic university still in existence.
In Leuven I have met the people that will spread the Traffic Snake Game in France, Germany, the Walloon region (Belgium), Lithuania, Malta and Austria. After a long and fruitful meeting we went for a walk in the city centre to admire the statue of Fons Sapientiae, known lovingly as ‘Fonske’. The statue is located near the Town Hall in the direction of the train station. The university gifted the bronze statue, which is also a working fountain, in 1975 to commemorate the 550th anniversary of the university’s founding. Fons Sapientiae aka “the source of wisdom” is the work of sculptor Jef Claerhout. Fonsie is shown with a book in one hand and a glass in the other, the contents of which – some say it’s wisdom, some say it’s beer – he pours into his head.
At the end of my stay in Leuven, we held a TSG-quiz. I had the honour to hand over the price to the winner Laure Duhorane from National Focal Point France.
Right after Leuven, I travelled to Lithuania. Soon I will blog about my stay there.