Dikli Palace Hotel
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I was, however, involved in securing a small part of the project's funding from the American Embassy. Using my previous experience as Almende's junior project acquisition person, I managed to worm a couple thousand euros out of their small grants budget. It was a pretty cool experience to visit their bunker of an embassy to present our project to their cultural attaché.
Also, I'm still in charge of the English website and ...
... warned Anna and me that these trainings are usually one big complain-fest. Volunteers are feeling home-sick, unhappy with their project, or aren't making any friends - and finally have the chance to spill their guts. Since I love a good melodrama, I had packed a box of tissues and I was completely ready to go!
(Un)fortunately, our group had nothing much to complain about. Granted, several people we know have left their ...
... rather than wait around. I was in luck, as there was a bus scheduled for 9:15, so I only had a 15 minute wait. Half an hour later, the bus arrived. Forty minutes later, I was in Cesis.
Cesis is a smallish town in the eastern part of Gauja National Park. It has been inhabited since the stone age, and archaeological excavations on the old hillfort in the town have revealed a 5m deep occupation layer. When the German crusaders arrived in the 12th century, ...
... were eradicated.
On Saturday morning, Valentina, Luis and I couldn't wait to get out of the house, so we decided to explore Rujiena (or rather, the countryside around Rujiena) on our own. Apart from 6 supermarkets and the old ice cream factory there's really not much to see, so we just plunged into a field to explore some of Rujiena's wild side. Plowing through the man-high grass we caught a glimpse of a little ...
... 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 ...