Dikli Palace Hotel
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... and we heard today about donations being collected for a swing to be erected on the border so one would swing between the two countries! The bus and train station, and the hostel we are in are all on the Estonian side, called Valga, but we did spend the morning back in Latvia, where the town is known as Valka, visiting a museum. It took Rick 21hrs to eat his first cake in Estonia, but he'd bought it from a shop on the Latvian side, so he is yet to sample a ...
... vegetables, the styrofoam cup of take-away coffee, the cardboard around our new smartphone.
And to make it worse: in Latvia only 9% of waste is being sorted and recycled. The rest is simply landfilled, adding to the ever-growing maisbergs (a pun on the words iceberg and maisiņš, or plastic bag).
Our campaign therefore had several objectives. First, of course, we talked to producers and retailers, trying to convince them ...
... into the future a little bit. It's strangely comforting to see that none of the other volunteers really has a plan for this ominous 'Life after EVS' - except for the young ones who are going off to uni. Of course, we also made a bucket list for things we still want to do in and around Latvia (aaargh! mine is so long!) and tried to plan some common activities between the volunteers. Don't be surprised if you encounter an EVS flash mob in Riga some time soon...
... Simon's big brother JB.
After a quick tour of Antonia's home (Antonia struggling against tears when showing us Anna's now empty room) the guys produced something resembling a studenty pasta, which we washed down with some of the Belgian beer and French wine which JB had brought for Simon as a birthday present. Naturally, the evening ended with werewolves invading the village of Rujiena and the villagers randomly killing other villagers until ...
... rni (jānis' children) and rasa (dew) and you should be fine!
As the evening went on, the dancing became more and more difficult, with rows of pairs that had to switch, twirl, cross and dive under the other couples' arms in intricate patterns. I think our (professional) dance instructor rather over-estimated the group, but it was great fun, and dancing is a really good way to stay awake!
Around midnight, many people ...