Living on the pedestrian street in Šiauliai has its surprises, almost all of them good ones. This past Sunday, we discovered that the finish line (also the starting point, but that is less exciting) for a ten-kilometer race was directly in front of our apartment house. It was fun to watch. The photo above shows some random runners—and also the handsome building in the background, the Šiaulių Didždvario Gimnazija, one of the city’s best high schools. Formerly, it was a pillar of the local Jewish community that is no more.