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... ve gathered a steady circle of friendly Latvians around me, I felt ready to meet some interesting Jordans, Georgians, Frenchies, Germans and Italians. Kudos to the 3(!) Italians, by the way; I didn't hear a single word of Italian all week, despite the fact that they greatly outnumbered any other nationality.
Day #2 was devoted to our projects, and our general experience in Latvia. Kaspars used the example of a fisherman's knot - which every person in ...
... 8217;s right, I got given a proper medieval lantern with a candle to climb the tower with. I got just a little excited about this. Possibly more than an adult should…
I made my way around the castle grounds before crossing the dry moat into the keep proper. Only two towers and two sides of the quadrangular convent building survive, and it was into the western tower I ventured. There were no lights inside. Climbing a medieval castle tower by candlelight ...
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 ...
... My sleep was rudely disturbed by some weirdo who apparently had taken a liking to me and kept bringing me flowers and asking me questions in Latvian ("Es nesaprotu!!" "Why? Is it because of my accent?" "No! It's because I'm sleeping and I don't even speak Latvian!!")
The next day, we had some lovely hot tea in the host's kitchen and enquired when we would start driving home. After a series of evasive answers, we finally found out ...
... the car started to keep a lot straighter!
We finally arrived back home safely around seven o'clock - where we found that our landlords had "fixed" the pipes, leaving us without hot water! When all we wanted was a warm shower and a bed! So we just dropped into our beds in our now very bright rooms, and slept the day away (strange way of celebrating the sunlight.. by sleeping through it).
Next up: my actual Līgo celebration!