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... page, which during the month of October almost exclusively talked about packaging. It's funny how you initially struggle to find enough content, and finally discover that this small little issue has so many angles (plastic soup in the oceans, European legislation on plastic bags, zero waste fanatics) that you're afraid you're tiring out your readers with your stupid #maisbergs hashtag.
And, of course, we had to get out of our comfort ...
... But the people who are still in Latvia are either enjoying themselves thoroughly, or they are very good at solving their own problems instead of saving them up in order to complain about them during a training session.
Our original On-Arrival group has thinned out quite a bit by now. Marie and Stas are leaving Rīga at the end of the month, so it was just Luís, Antonio, Anna and me - and a whole bunch of new friendly faces. Another familiar ...
... 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 ...
... I am feeling so Latvian! I actually knew a couple of the bands that were performing already! Solveiga's Vecpilsētas Dziedātāji were playing, rock band Dzels Vilks was there with some new orchestra ensemble, and I had also heard of Gaujarts before, though his disinterested singing was utterly disappointing.
++ New discoveries this weekend included Skyforger (Latvian Apocalyptica), Oranžas Brīvdienas (big band party music), Striķis ...
... 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 ...