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... many would just relieve themselves without getting up. The toilet was rarely emptied and stank out the whole room. Death rates were high due to the lack of food and poor living conditions. When the Nazi's invaved and gained control over the region, local people were actually relieved and welcomed them. There was more killing of Jews in concentration camps until the 2nd Soviet occupation. Here, the Soviets moved many Russian people to live in Latvia. They ...
... of Turaida Rose. Maya in the local language meant 'rose'. This beautiful maiden resisted all suitors as she was in love with Victor, a gardener. Alexander, a higher up, wanted her but she rebuffed him. Offended, he had a plan. Knowing of Rose's relationship with Victor, he had a note penned about an earlier than usual rendezvous. Rose arrives to find Alexander who wanted to have his way with her. She could give in to the shame or kill herself. She devised another ...
I have long believed that I lived in the flattest county on earth: The Netherlands.
Surprise: I didn't! I do now though.
Latvia's highest mountain is Gaiziņkalns, in central Vidzeme (I'm still not sure if kalns should be translated to mountain or hill). As it is only 312 meters high, it is dwarfed by our national pride, the Vaalserberg (323 meters). Add to that the fact that we start at 6,7 meters below sea level, Holland ...
... Medieval wall.
We then left the tour and sat for awhile. We had been walking for 1 and 1/2 hours. So we stopped and had coffee and beer and tasted the local specialty, potato pancakes. They were quite good.
Riga is really a beautiful city with beautiful architecture. There are cafes everywhere with colorful awnings and flower planters hanging on wrought iron railings. All in all a beautiful day.
... distinct personalities but all were quite fascinating. One of Liva's friends was extremely straight forward and it was so fun to talk with him but we constantly got confused with each other as to what the other was saying. For example, he was asking me if I liked table soccer (fooseball) and I was confused because I thought when he referred to table soccer that it was a game where you played soccer on a table and it was a Latvian sport but he was confused with what I was saying so we ...
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