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 ...
... the border in Lithuania. I did allow my hippy friends to convince me to go to Laba Daba this week. Of course, when you're visiting two Latvian festivals so soon after each other, you're bound to start comparing. So here we go:
++ Laba Daba was held just around the corner, near Sigulda, so that's only about an hour from Rīga. (Although a little "where-is-my-wallet-I-think-I-left-it-a t-home-oh-no-it's-right-here-in-my-bag" -debacle caused a ...
... 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 ...