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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 ...
... plot in town, full of handmade characters form the past. We finally found the museum, and decided to pay to have a look, even though storms were also lurking around. It covered a huge area, and not being art buffs, we didn't do the whole thing, but just walked around and checked out some of the pieces created by various artists from around the world.
Decided to stop for lunch at the café/restaurant, and luckily we did, as a ...
... on 24 December, and thus is eternally doomed to celebrate her Name Day, birthday ánd Christmas on the same day! The Horror!
What you hear is what you get
But the Name Day is not the only thing that forces parent's hands when naming their kids. The second is spelling.
Being used to transcribing Russian names from Cyrillic to Latin script, Latvians happily transcribe any term that they borrow from other language - be it words (džemperis ...
... we'd been so busy. We had a wander and bought our train tickets to Russia!!! This afternoon we wanted to find a large supermarket so the first person we asked said "turn to the left and ask other people". The next person we saw had just walked in a glass door at the bank, he spoke to us first asking to change some money....well, we were scammed. We changed 20 Latvian lats for 20 Lithuanian Litas. It works out we lost about £15. With all the ...
... a Soviet era monument which has been kept (unlike all the Lenin monuments). Our guide tells us that is tolerated, but is not liked. I guess it is considered bad karma to pull down a "Freedom Monument."
The group breaks up and we go for a walk around some more of the old city, including a visit to the Occupation Museum. We also check out the latte scene, as well as doing some scouting for a place to eat dinner, as this is a "free day." As the ...