TALLINN — The U.S.S. Simpson is currently docked in the Tallinn harbor to restock and give a crew a chance to see Estonia’s capital city. This video put together by the U.S. embassy in Tallinn includes interviews with the captain and shots of the frigate’s interior.
RIGA — Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman visited Latvia on Sunday, the first visit by an Israeli FM since Latvia’s independence from the U.S.S.R. This video, put together by the Latvian State Chancellery shows the visit and Latvian President Valdis Zatlers speech (in Latvian) at the Saviors Monument in Riga.
VILNIUS — The incessant rain did not deter these Lithuanians from celebrating Joninės in the traditional way — campfires, food, folk costumes, singing and dancing in Vilnius’ Verkių Park. See videos from all over the Baltics here.
VILNIUS — Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius gave a speech at the U.S.-Baltic Foundation last month at their fundraising gala, talking much about his personal history. Watch the second half of the speech here.
VILNIUS — The past two weeks saw the annual BALTOPS military training exercises in the Baltic states, involving troops from the U.S., European NATO members and neighbors like Finland and Russia. Here’s footage from the “Strong Shield” exercises in Lithuania.
RIGA — Were you wondering what LIDA gave Aerodium €3.6 million for? Here’s the wind tunnel built for May’s World Expo 2010 in China to show Latvian technology to the world. Regardless of the scandal, do you think it succeeds?
VILNIUS — The anti-gay protest that accompanied Lithuania’s first gay parade was a stark contrast to how gay parades are received in Western Europe. This is highlighted in a new documentary by Belgian filmmaker Roland Javornik, to be released in September.
VILNIUS — What’s the point in having skyscrapers if you can’t bungee jump off them, right? This weekend was the “Vilnius Challenge,” an annual outdoor sports event that featured bungee jumping off the Reval Hotel this year. Would you take the plunge?
JŪRMALA, Latvia — Boating season is back in Latvia as the video this YouTube user caught the season-opening sail of a Jūrmala yacht club attests. Don’t have a boat? See if you don’t want to rent one this weekend after watching this.
VILNIUS — Young filmmaker Igor Drozdov has made a documentary, “Shall I?” (“Ar Verta?”) about why Lithuanians are emigrating in record numbers. Enjoy.