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... of the old communist system they had to endure but it still stands as a tribute to the soldiers.
SOVIET VICTORY MONUMENT was built in 1985 to commemorate the supposed liberation of Riga by the Red Army. It was vandalized but it is widely accepted by most Latvians so the history will not be forgotten.
It was too warm for me so I ...
... impressed, that there is an entire section of Art's work in this blog. This guy, Art Nouveau, really kept busy around town. During our walks each day, one of us was constantly shouting, "LOOK UP!" or you would miss the amazing facades of these buildings. Our constant shouting caused a lot of others to look up, too. It's a city of shouting tourists.
... the procedure in English, so we had to wait for her more bilingual colleague to finish and help us. I'm always surprised that the ones that do speak English even now words such as lingonberry juice and polenta.
After dinner we had a quick beer in an empty underground bar/disco that mentor Valters had pointed out to me, and then we caught a movie for a mere 4 euros and 12 cents.
On Tuesday - my actual birthday - I had to ...
... I acknowledged him but I could smell the alcohol on his breath and he seemed that he was drunk. He started asking me something in Latvian but I just said "Nah (It means no)." He walked away for awhile and came back but after some time, I figured that he was of no harm and did not try to worry about it. With leaving this preoccupation behind, Liva miraculously came through the arrivals section door and I yelled her named really loud and she spun around in a circle ...
... in the many outdoor restaurants and cafes.
On Monday I set off and visited the the remaining tourist sights and due to the fact that there were so many guided groups also visiting the places I just stood nearby and listened to the information about the buildings or about the history in different languages. So once I could listen to German, another time English or ...