I just returned from a month's visit to Lithuania--my first visit. I would like to encourage everyone who is interested to visit. It is more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. I visited many areas, both urban and rural; met many relatives, went to my Grandparents' birthplaces and had a truly wonderful time. I would recommend learning as much Lithuanian as possible, but don't delay your trip just for that reason if you really feel you should go soon. Many people know some English and most people in their 20's speak fluent English. There are also information centers in all the major tourist areas with staff who speak English very well. I would be happy to answer any questions or give any advice. I would also like to thank Tom S., Marie, Linas N. and others here for the help they provided in assisting me to find my relatives in Lithuania.