Dikli Palace Hotel
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... Also, I enjoy the fact that - unlike in school - you can just sit, hang, stand, or lie wherever you feel comfortable.
Day #1 was all about getting to know this new group of people. I have to be honest: after a couple of months of "hey! I know another volunteer in Latvia, you really must meet him/her!" I was rather fed up with being kindly forced to meet new foreigners every day. But now that most of my previous international companions have left, ...
... sun started getting low in the sky. I stopped off at a café bar opposite the cathedral and with a half litre of a local dark beer, I wrote out some postcards while enjoying the warm evening in this beautiful town. By the time I had finished my dinner it was just about dark, so I went for a walk back to the castle park and took some night photos of the lit up castle walls and towers before retiring to my room for the night. Tomorrow I leave Latvia behind me and head to ...
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 ...
... At four thirty, we walked to a place with a nice view, where we would welcome the sun - which didn't show itself because it was way too clouded. We did see the shiny white bums of a couple of brave souls who celebrated the new morning with a refreshing dip in the ice cold river!
So with the official business taken care of, we all found a place to unroll our sleeping bags - in the Fiat Panda, on a table, on a couple of sofas in the ...
... Valentina's dance buddies, which was nice, because that meant that we didn't have to sleep in the damp tent! As us four passengers sat dozing in the back seat, I started wondering how our driver managed to keep awake on the empty roads after a long night with no sleep. When I saw his eyelids drooping in the rear-view mirror, I thought it might be a good time to strike up a conversation about both our riveting career in IT. Which seemed to ...