Riga - Liepâja - Latvia

Trip Start Feb 05, 2006
Trip End Jun 30, 2006

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Saturday, March 11, 2006

I just needed to get out of there. Petersburg is a wonderful city. People are beautiful. Nevertheless, I find my surroundings quite disturbing. Where I live, the heating does not work properly. All day long pestering music is roaring from loudspeakers on the other side of the street. The bed consists of a wooden board put on top of a rack. Temperatures have fallen again. It just doesn't get warm. You can't go outside for a long time or you will become sick. At least I will. I am sick at this point.

Visiting Petersburg as a tourist in summer must be an entirely different expercience. In daily life you have to fight a lot. Fight with the authorities, fight with the teachers, fight with the administration. There is always some superfluous rule that needs to be obeyed. You can ask an administrator for half an hour why something is being done a certain way. He will refuse to give you a reply for half an hour. He will just tell you that it is the rule.

The streets are really dirty in winter. Capot everywhere. One day the snow is melting. The next day new snow flakes are falling from the skies. Beautiful snow. I love the snow here. I love it, because when it snows it means that it is not so cold today.

My head has gone crazy during the last days. Maybe I shouldn't have come here. Maybe I should have quit this program right away. I am really not made for studying business. I take everything much too serious. I am much too honest. I can't lie. I want to know what is behind everything. In my program nobody cares about what is behind anything. Everybody just wants a fast degree. I have spent nights worrying about my future. What will happen, if I don't get this degree?! It has been disturbing me for a long time now. I have made a decision a long time ago. In spite of this, my mind is still questioning me about it at an unhealthy rate. Sometimes it is like a battle of different people inside me. I can't do anything but watch.

Traveling with such a feeling inside, it is difficult the beauties of a nation. However, in Latvia I feel much better. The reason is my dear friend and soulmate, Alla, and her beautiful country.
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