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Travel Blogs from Jurmala
... and she introduced me to some really cool bands from all around Latvia - each with its own set-up and sound.
You can't have music without somebody dancing to it. And so every neighbourhood and town has its own dance collective (usually several; a few kiddy groups, some youngsters, some twenty-somethings, and always a really cute senior's group). I completely understand that every girl would want to join one: ...
... to the new, more hip-and-happening neighbourhood. And it's just around the corner from the famous Alberta iela, and the Russian embassy, which might explain the high percentage of bleached hair-do's, Porsches and chihuahua's on the streets.
So, the only real downside is the fact that Anna and I don't live alone. We have to share the place with Lotte, a hysterical Dachshund who barks uncontrollably whenever anybody approaches the door, and then attacks her ...
... to each other and there was just a general happy, festive feel to the city. I don't think Riga is more happy than other cities in the EU, I just think it was the stark contrast to the extremely serious Russians whom we had gotten used to. I think the whole group felt immediately more happy.
After our quick tour of the main city centre we were off to dinner. Luckily the dinner was included (I suspect if it was not Mea would have suggested we go without if it had not ...
... it's always good to start from the main square and wander off for a few blocks until you find something tucked away somewhere. The tavern was cosy and the service was friendly. Just the type of place for a few beers and pelmeni (Russian dumplings) before heading back to the hotel to catch up on some work. The weather still wasn't great in the Baltics and it was resembling winter back home, but at least it stayed light until about 10pm. I stayed in the hotel foyer to use the ...
We were invited to join in Latvia's National Meeting for YWAM - and anyone associated with. It was great to catch a little more of the vision here and the scope of the work being done in this country...and to meet many more of the staff involved.
They began by introducing the new 'workers' (and included us in that) then had a time praying for each of us. Priceless. We were given several words of encouragement that were so uplifting - and so inspiring.
Other places to stay in Jurmala
Jomas iela 19, Jurmala | Hotelfrom $128