Dikli Palace Hotel
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Yesterday we took a rail replacement bus (yes, they exist here too!) from Cesis to Valga. Or is it Valka? This is truly a border town. After WW1, when Estonia and Latvia continued to fight until 1920 for their independence, this town was seriously disputed. It had historical importance for both countries and neither were willing to lose it. A British mediator was brought in who proposed splitting the town in two. Nowadays one can walk straightforwardly between the ...
... their products in less packaging made from more environmentally friendly materials.
Further, we targeted consumers - the ones who hold the power to get producers to change their ways. By informing shoppers about the problem, we hoped they would choose products in less or better packaging, opt not to use single-use plastic bags, or even bring their own recyclable containers to the shop instead of using throw-away plastic containers.
Here in Latvia you could spend your entire Summer going to a different festival every weekend - for the price of a single Lowlands ticket.
The pros: nice music, nice people, nice weather, nice locations.
The cons: unknown acts, too many people, too much sun/rain, sleeping in a tent and peeing in a Dixie (blugh!).
So I decided to be a little bit selective, and skipped the enormous Positivus festival and the big Prāta Vētra performance ...
... and her friends meant to stay another night! Keep in mind: none of us had even packed a tooth brush or clean underwear, and we all had plans in the morning: work, holidays, visiting parents.
Feeling rather guilty, Egija offered up her gas-less car, which would carry only five people, which meant that one of us would have to stay... where were we again? Finally, we found out that we were near the town of Mazsalaca, and that there ...
... member, we wanted to organize something as part of their annual one-week festival "The Other Side of the Mediterranean". A cool, inspirational, educational event that nicely glues together "something environmental" and "something cultural from a country like Egypt.. or Morocco.. or Israel... or Mauritania".
Problem is.. we don't really know anybody from Egypt or Morocco. At least not here in Latvia! All of the kebab restaurants and even the only ...