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Yesterday we took a rail replacement bus (yes, they exist here too!) from Cesis to Valga. Or is it Valka? This is truly a border town. After WW1, when Estonia and Latvia continued to fight until 1920 for their independence, this town was seriously disputed. It had historical importance for both countries and neither were willing to lose it. A British mediator was brought in who proposed splitting the town in two. Nowadays one can walk straightforwardly between the ...
And, to finish the catch up, a day and a half of castles. We took a local bus on Tuesday to Sigulda, 45 mins down the road (which cost all of £1.40 each) to visit some old castles. The first, in Sigulda itself, was originally built in 1207, although all that remains now is a ruin. It has some splendid views across the still heavily wooded valley, all part of the National Park we were walking thro on Monday from the tower they have restored (it even has a lift inside, rare here, ...
... their products in less packaging made from more environmentally friendly materials.
Further, we targeted consumers - the ones who hold the power to get producers to change their ways. By informing shoppers about the problem, we hoped they would choose products in less or better packaging, opt not to use single-use plastic bags, or even bring their own recyclable containers to the shop instead of using throw-away plastic containers.
Here in Latvia you could spend your entire Summer going to a different festival every weekend - for the price of a single Lowlands ticket.
The pros: nice music, nice people, nice weather, nice locations.
The cons: unknown acts, too many people, too much sun/rain, sleeping in a tent and peeing in a Dixie (blugh!).
So I decided to be a little bit selective, and skipped the enormous Positivus festival and the big Prāta Vētra performance ...
... were eradicated.
On Saturday morning, Valentina, Luis and I couldn't wait to get out of the house, so we decided to explore Rujiena (or rather, the countryside around Rujiena) on our own. Apart from 6 supermarkets and the old ice cream factory there's really not much to see, so we just plunged into a field to explore some of Rujiena's wild side. Plowing through the man-high grass we caught a glimpse of a little ...