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... to drink beer with, sing "kumbayah", and roast marshmellows around a camp fire. Minus the beer, because "Brussels" does not approve of alcohol.
"Brussels" invited me, 13 other EVS'ers and their mentors to the small town of Ķegums, where we spent five days in a holiday resort on the bank of the Ķeguma HES ūdenskrātuve (reservoir). Seven luxury bungalows and the enormous central house had been rented ...
So, in this case, one of my homo ecos: colleagues has her kids in a small-town school that also uses EVS volunteers, and she thought we might like to meet each other. So a couple of weeks ago, Valentina from Austria came to visit me in Riga. And this week, Valentina invited me over to her neck of the woods (semi-literally): the town of Ogre (pronunciation: Ô-ugre).
Demography & architecture
Ogre is is just 40km or a 45-minute ride on ...
... amazing part of the day was definitely the Ethnographic Museum of Latvia. You would expect this to be a boring museum indoors, but we actually took a bus to the edge of Riga on a beautiful lake. The museum was a huge outdoor park filled with estates, barns, granaries, outposts and churches from the 1500's and 1600's when Latvia's first tribes were formed.
At one point, we ...
... and the old town's buildings are eclectic. I felt as though I was seeing an amalgamation of all the European countries I've seen so far. I'll leave it to the pictures to describe.
I closed off by rushing through the Museum of Occupations, covering Latvia's history from its first independence, through the Soviet and Nazi German occupations, and into its second independence. The German occupation particularly hit ...
Sunday 24th: started with a morning run around the parks of the old city of Riga and after breakfast we went to the Central markets, the largest of their kind in Europe, constructed from 1924 to 1930. The main structures of the market are five pavilions constructed by reusing old German Zeppelin hangars and incorporating Neoclassical and Art Deco styles. The market is 72,300 square metres with more than 3,000 trade stands (courtesy of Wikipedia!). ...