Dikli Palace Hotel
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... we worked together with a major Latvian waste management company to educate people about recycling, hoping to bring that shabby 9% closer to the European average of 39%. (I'm proud to say that I'm from a top-5 country that recycles 51% of its waste!)
On the campaign trail
So what was my role exactly, you ask? Of course, I wasn't the one talking to local supermarkets or waste companies - I gladly left that job to my ...
When you're doing a project in a scary foreign country for more than half a year, the EU starts feeling the need to check up on you. How is your mental well-being? Is your stomach adjusting to the local cuisine OK? Are you being exploited by your host organisation? Are you forced to live in a cockroach-infested basement? Do you cry yourself to sleep every night? All these questions and more would be asked and answered during our Mid-Term Training.
Again woke up early due to the lack of curtains. I had done most of my packing last night so I only had a few things to gather up before hoisting my pack. I had to check out at the hotel, so on the way there I stopped for a breakfast of banana pancakes, served with a very dark honey and dusted with icing sugar. After checking out at the hotel, I realised I was hideously early for the bus I planned to catch to Cesis, but I hiked to the bus stop anyway hoping to catch an ...
... I am feeling so Latvian! I actually knew a couple of the bands that were performing already! Solveiga's Vecpilsētas Dziedātāji were playing, rock band Dzels Vilks was there with some new orchestra ensemble, and I had also heard of Gaujarts before, though his disinterested singing was utterly disappointing.
++ New discoveries this weekend included Skyforger (Latvian Apocalyptica), Oranžas Brīvdienas (big band party music), Striķis ...
... seven circles barefoot, which took about two hours. I didn't feel any special pagan energy or anything, except for a numbness in my cold feet, but I just thought I should test my perseverance a little bit.
When I arrived back at the top of the hill, the main bonfire had been lit and the sun had set (note to self: next time make the flower crown in sunlight, that's much easier!).
Around the Bonfire
With the entire ...