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... colonial fashion they thought the local population looked like the Wends from the south Baltic coast in what is now Germany (totally no relation. Just like Native Americans were called Indians by Europeans), and so named the town they founded Wenden. The town only regained its original name of Cesis (pronounced "tsay-sis") when Latvia gained independence in 1991.
After being dropped at the bus stop, I checked in at the Hotel Katrina. There weren't any ...
... end up in my warm warm bed pretty early.
-- The big international headliner was laughable. Somehow, they had managed to dig up reggae legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry from his grave. Luis tells me he is the grandfather of reggae. He's a grandpa all right... His band was doing its best to save the day, but I think they'd be better off putting Mr Perry in a home and starting their own band.
++ A festival called "good life" is bound to attract ...
... 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 ...
... before joining the others at the fire.
Sadly, nobody really seemed to know the old Līgo songs - there was some (off-key and off-rhythm) singing going on, but not a lot of līgo! līgo! to join in on. The dancing was limited to a big circle walk/dance when lighting the fire on the big pole (the one guiding the sun to us).
Without any good dancing or singing, and just some beer to warm us, the night was ...
... 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 ...