St. Peter's Boutique Hotel
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Most are art nouveau, but there are also the old wooden buildings. And lots of churches, Orthodox, Catholic and Jewish (but we're churched-out, so no pix of churches). There's also an old Stalin birthday cake plus a mixture of bridges and contemporary stuff.
It would make a great field trip for some architecture students who could happily retire to any the quaint basement bars at the end of a tiring day.
... in 1940, and the deportation of 15,500 people to GULAG camps, forced labour camps where working days was up to 16 hours, and eating just a slice of bread and watery soup. Death rates at the camp were high. Families were split up and had were given no information about their family members whereabouts or health. They were forced to sleep on shared bunks, lying on wood as no mattress was provided. If they got up to use the toilet, they would lose their sleeping ...
... Park. Got an ice cream bar [1.15]. Kevin thought 'You don't bring me flowers' was a country and western song; sheesh!
The present city canal is about a third of the old moat. Crossed over the padlock bridge where newlyweds swear their eternal love [and then about 70% of the in Latvia get divorced within three years].
Saw the Freedom Monument. Its three stars atop reflect the three original districts of Latvia. Off to our right was the ...
... it started to pour. We ducked under a roof to keep dry and John ducks in right after us. He told us the great news: we'd won gold again in the Spiritual Category. Top 5! It was a big surprise for us and absolutely fantastic news. We never expected to do so well in that category.
We split ways after that, Veronkia and I ended up going into a couple stores together and trying on interesting clothes. I got ...
... And the funny thing is: within one afternoon I actually knew the names, countries, hopes and dreams of everybody there! Then came the first team wrecking exercise: carry out 10 random tasks, some of which are group assignments, within 60 minutes, with a leaderless group of 30 strangers. Yay(!)
In the evening, our mentors prepared a Latvian bonanza, showing us how to colour eggs with moss and onion peels, teaching us some songs and folk dancing and ...