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... the EVS'ers and interns), so we extended the invitation to our most loyal volunteers. After some organisational hassle (remind me never to 'volunteer' to be team leader again), I found myself in the forest with Sophie (our English intern for the month), Laura, Sergejs (both volunteers), Lelde and Santa.
Confusion in a Dark Place
Upon our (granted, pretty tardy) arrival, we found that the cabins were assigned according to a first-come-first-served principle, and ...
... We had arrived later than expected and sorted the Apartment. (AirBNB was a win here) we scored a 3 bed apartment with separate lounge, kitchen, laundry..it was huge. You could fit five of my one bedder, back home in Sydney, in here. I had good friends from Perth, travelling Europe and timing was just right as they were in Riga as well. Craig and Linda joined us in our flash digs, for bevies and ...
... 30 April - is Liana/Liliana/Lilija/Linda Day.
The biggest evil a fresh new parent can thus impart upon their child, is to give their baby a fancy hip name that is not on the Latvian Name Day Calendar. It's like denying your child Christmas. Another big no-no is to give your child a name that will put their Name Day too close to their birthday - you want to spread the parties and gifts evenly around the year, you see! I have even heard of somebody named Ieva that ...
... I saw a
hidden baggage fee I had to pay (even though I had done extensive
research, the discounted airlines often find a way to sneak prices up on
you) so I had to pay an extra $50 just to be able to check my one bag
with only 44 pounds of allowance.
BAH! I'm just going to brush it off, because bright and early tomorrow morning,
I fly to Amsterdam.
... check out the pics. From here we walked along the river, over the bridge and back into the old town. The old town wasn't as cute and pretty as Tallinn, but was still nice in its own way. We also saw the 'blackheads house' which is the building of an old gentlemans club through the baltic region, but basically they had cool buildings. We wandered through the rest of old town ...