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... cake! Imagine the complications of going shopping before both countries used the Euro! Latvia only adopted the Euro last January. It has drizzled for much of the day. We walked through the town which consists of run down wooden houses and old style Soviet blocks of flats, with a river running thro the middle. We strongly suspect we are sharing the hostel with some of the railway workers who are sorting out the tracks.They are mostly youngish men, with dirty work boots, ...
And, to finish the catch up, a day and a half of castles. We took a local bus on Tuesday to Sigulda, 45 mins down the road (which cost all of £1.40 each) to visit some old castles. The first, in Sigulda itself, was originally built in 1207, although all that remains now is a ruin. It has some splendid views across the still heavily wooded valley, all part of the National Park we were walking thro on Monday from the tower they have restored (it even has a lift inside, rare here, ...
I was, however, involved in securing a small part of the project's funding from the American Embassy. Using my previous experience as Almende's junior project acquisition person, I managed to worm a couple thousand euros out of their small grants budget. It was a pretty cool experience to visit their bunker of an embassy to present our project to their cultural attaché.
Also, I'm still in charge of the English website and ...
... delay (including the parking lot traffic jam we ended up in)).
-- Where Summer Sound was held on a beautiful location at the beach, Laba Daba is held on the terrain of some sort of holiday/conference/farm/resort. No white beaches, but a muddy pool to freshen up in (again, no running water, let alone showers). I was pretty impressed by the fact that the flower beds were still intact after a three days of drunk hippies blundering about.
... Līga and Jānis, see my blog about Name Days). But according to puritans and traditionalists, the best time to celebrate is the actual meteorological solstice on 21 June.
For the 21st, Valentina had invited Anna and me to a very pagan celebration on a special "energetic hill" near the town of Drusti. The school she works for has a sister-school in that town, and the principal of that school ...