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... into the future a little bit. It's strangely comforting to see that none of the other volunteers really has a plan for this ominous 'Life after EVS' - except for the young ones who are going off to uni. Of course, we also made a bucket list for things we still want to do in and around Latvia (aaargh! mine is so long!) and tried to plan some common activities between the volunteers. Don't be surprised if you encounter an EVS flash mob in Riga some time soon...
... some photos. There were some animal tracks in the sand of what looked like deer tracks. After killing a bit of time and just generally enjoying the serenity, I launched again and went back downstream. Just after launching, a fierce wind sprung up out of nowhere. I heard an odd noise behind me that sounded like a boat engine. Figuring someone was coming up behind me, I turned around to see not a boat, but a waterspout! Whoah! My first instinct was to grab my camera. My second ...
... Krimulda Manor complex south of the cave. Again, being the site of a castle, it was built on the hilltop. This climb was harder despite the picturesque forest on both sides. I passed two guys walking their bikes up so I was quite proud to reach the top without stopping. As a reward I followed the signs to the cafe and grabbed a coffee and two very nice slices of cake. A side-effect of being so high up though was that I got excellent wi-fi in the cafe.
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... man from Germany who was working in the gardens and such at the castle. In Taurida lived Maya, a very beautiful daughter of the bishop, I think. Not sure whose daughter she was but she was very beautiful and very high up. Victor and Maya fell in love and every night Victor would walk down the hill from Sigulda and swim the crooked river and wait for Maya in Gutman's cave. It was known as Gutman's cave because a very wise and helpful man had lived ...
... winding and pitch black stairs of the tower - an interesting experience. There was also a dungeon to descend into (finally!) - the tourist office really know how to cater to tourists here. Almost as good as the Jordanian castle with the escape tunnel.
Marked nature trails led us to the river Gauja and a beautifully clear lagoon, fed by pure springs and reflecting the red cliffs in the waters ...