Since the country of Lithuania is fairly small compared to a lot of other bigger countries, Lithuania is in perfect location to drive hard and fast into Latvia. If you got a rental car, then you might as well as drive like you stole it! Just kidding.
Tip: There are a lot of speed cameras in both Lithuania and Latvia so you have to be careful. And there are no passenger trains that travel between countries. All the more to get a rental vehicle because a drive to Riga, the capital of Latvia, can be done in several hours from Lithuania so if you want to check off Latvia off that bucket list of countries, that’s one way to do it! Riga is my recommendation due to the fact that it’s the capital and biggest city in the country so there’s more to see. There is no passenger train between the 3 Baltic countries either so renting a car might be best unless you’re taking a bus or on a tour.
To me, Latvia was very similar to Lithuania in its own way because they are neighbors and both countries had to endure Soviet Union occupation/integration. Just look at this Soviet War Memorial to honor the victory over the Nazis in World War II. However, like a bad joke where no one laughs, no one in the country really cares about this site. If you look closely, it’s starting to fall apart and I think the locals prefer it to slowly crumble away like a bad cookie so they can say that they didn’t purposely tear it down but rather it was old age and time that took down the giant statue (or nuisance depending on your perspective).
So on the way back while in Lithuania, I was invited to fish in this small farming pond looking to catch carp. The only thing that I ever caught was tons of mosquitoes trying to play vampire on me. Oh well, it was worth a try despite having 0 hooked, 0 landed, and tons of mosquito bite marks all over me. This definitely ain’t like Mexico’s fishing.