Peter Kirk European Travel Scholarship. The aim of the trip was to examine the Soviet legacy within those countries, and as I travelled from Tallinn to Vilnius and from Narva to Nida I found that even after 20 years of independence the influence of the USSR could still be felt.
I've just finished the report for the study and you can view a copy of "20 Years Later: the Soviet Legacy in the Baltic States" by clicking here. It should be noted that this is not an in-depth piece of academic research; rather it is a record of the impressions I gained during my time in the Baltics.
On some occasions it felt like I was chasing ghosts of the past, intangible fragments of collective memory slipping away as the countries marched ever Westwards; at other times the presence of the Soviet Union was far more overt. In either case, I hope you find the study an interesting one and if it inspires you do something similar then I'd love to hear about it.
Finally, I'd like to thank both the Peter Kirk Memorial Trust and all those people who took part in the research - without either I would never would have been able to complete it. It really was a great experience.