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... old and newer, drove across the valley to visit a famous cave, then headed up the hill to Turaidas Museum Reserve. There is a huge forest/ garden area, with a medieval castle dating back to the C11, old buildings, a church, fortress, and a modern sculpture exhibition in the grounds. The next day we drove the short distance to Cesis. It was raining, but cleared fairly ...
... manor house, Dad and I found some pretty little glass paintings in between the dust and wreckage. And in the old distillery, two ladies were (more or less professionally) creating glass decorational objects.
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The Viljandi tourist office had pointed us towards the hamlet of Heimtali, where we would find a little crafts museum in a former school building.
We were heartily welcomed by a chipper young student, who was quite obviously glad ...
... has discussed pollution of the Baltic Sea, bringing down CO2 emissions, and the crazy amount of food we waste in Europe. This year, our topic was packaging waste.
Every year, Latvian households throw out 210,000 tonnes of packaging waste. One-third of the things we get rid of are just the wrapping that temporarily covered the things we actually meant to buy: the aluminium can holding our soda, the plastic foil ...
... made stone dinosaurs, and out into the forest to gather some mushrooms. After dinner (human-sized portions on individual plates, instead of a super-size-me buffet) we played some familiar games (the animal game, werewolves, copy-my-drawing) and Antonio also brought a hilarious game off Kickstarter about Templar knights, Benedictine monks and Archivarian traitors which nobody understood, but which gave everybody stomach cramps from laughing.
On day #3 ...
... know in Latvia. I knew in advance that Valters, Santa and Lelde would be there, but it took me two full days to find them. I did bump into That Guy from the Forestry Institute, One of my Students from EcoEnglish, Luis' Really Really Cool Mentor Lady, and That Georgian EVS Volunteer Whom I Don't Really Know All That Well.
++ Unlike Summer Sound, where I had to go get a hair cut to pass the time during the day, Laba Daba also offers ...