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... big change in scenery - a bit like driving on the A12 from Antwerp to Rotterdam: the roads got smoother, the houses looked nicer, the fences better kept and the sidewalks better organized. We even spotted a number of wind turbines between the trees! They seem to have their things in order down in Kurzeme region!
Zane, one of the organizers, picked us up from the bus station and raced us to our accommodation in ...
... teeming with people, but we're obviously a few weeks late.
Most of the coastline seems deserted, but we have just arrived in Ventspils, a huge shipping port which is still active although clearly past its prime. We passed a lot of abandoned houses and decrepit factories as we came into the outskirts of the town and then arrived at a ...
... and he lives in Corinda - basically down the street from where I lived! - small world.
Ventspils is a fairly popular tourist spot for the locals and is also a major port for oil from Russia. Around the city is a large amount of parks with many novely oversided statues. Apart from relaxing on the beach and wandering the different parks I didn't do too much here.
... precariously on the top of telegraph poles. I took one poor photo from the bus, which shows the back of a chick and the nest.
Once we alighted, we thanked our lucky stars that the bus back was only 2.5 hours away, as there was not much here, just a sleepy country town. The waterfall was wide, fair enough, but it looked more like a natural weir than a waterfall. It was, however, a very nice place to have lunch.
... Cow. At the end of the harbour, more or less, was the Tourist Information office and enquiries there showed us that the timetable the harbourmaster was using was out of date! Problem solved, we thought. The young girl in the office also very kindly photocopied our passports for us: this way we can keep the passports safe when we’re in St Petersburg whilst still having some form of identification with us.