Month: July 2016

Vitauts in Latvia 18: The Departure

Vitauts in Latvia 18: The Departure

The Departure Saturday morning came quickly. It was hard to get dad up, and he was a bit disoriented, but Bruno woke us all up at 4 a.m. and made sure we got to the taxi. He said he called for a van the night before, but the guy showed up in a station wagon. …

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Vitauts in Latvia 17: Friday

Vitauts in Latvia 17: Friday

Vitauts in Latvia 17: Friday (piektdiena)  I sort of woke up on Friday morning, but I was in a lot of pain. I promised myself that I would never drink enough to get sick again, but hey, it was Latvia. It was a bar crawl. There was absinthe. I had a slims gulva (sick head), …

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Vitauts in Latvia: Postscript

Vitauts in Latvia: Postscript

UPDATE: Okay, you smug, self-satisfied TSA agent… show me where in this description it says that my liquor has to be in a clear bottle. I am no lawyer, but I can read. UPDATE #2: I took the rules below to the TSA agents and said there is nothing about clear bottles. His excuse? The …

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Vitauts in Latvia 16: Celebrating my Citizenship

Vitauts in Latvia 16: Celebrating my Citizenship

Note: I apologize, but Vitauts plays a very small but fun role in this story. I’m publishing from the airport after a sleepless night, so if you see mistakes, let me know! Celebrating my Citizenship One of my goals in Riga was to go on a bar crawl, and this was the last night to …

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Vitauts in Latvia 15: The National Library

Vitauts in Latvia 15: The National Library

The National Library of Latvia Gita Berzina, dad’s grandniece, invited him and I to go with her to the National Library of Latvia (NLL) to see the archives and then to her apartment to look through some photos. We found out later that she is actually making contributions to the library by giving them old …

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Vitauts in Latvia 14: Smiltene

Vitauts in Latvia 14: Smiltene

Note: Okay, I finally got to it. If I hurry, I’ll still get four hours of sleep tonight before we fly back. But I can sleep on the plane, right? Enjoy…  Smiltene: Vitauts’ Home I know I’m not spelling this right, but I’ll correct it later. Dad lived on a farm for sixteen years and …

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Vitauts in Latvia 13: Cesis

Vitauts in Latvia 13: Cesis

Note: It’s our last night in Riga. I should be packing and sleeping because we are leaving at 4:30 a.m. for the airport, but instead, I need to write this blog because I know that once I leave Latvia, the memories will fade. Smiltene was the highlight of the trip. The jewel of our adventures. …

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Vitauts in Latvia 12: Riga

Vitauts in Latvia 12: Riga

Riga After an amazing weekend, we finally had a day to settle into our downtown apartment on Ausekļa (a Latvian poet) iela (street) near most of the foreign embassies and just a short walk from Old Town, the hub of the city. After a slow, lazy morning allowing us to catch up on sleep, we took …

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Vitauts in Latvia 11: The Grasmanis Home

Vitauts in Latvia 11: The Grasmanis Home

Kakava (Pronounced Checkeva) Just outside of Riga, Ansis and Monta found an old property with a farmhouse on it. Their dream was to take the old house, fix it up, and create a place for their family of five to live and thrive. They were very successful in their endeavor. Ansis drove us out of …

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Vitauts in Latvia Desmit (10): Jurmula to Riga

Vitauts in Latvia Desmit (10): Jurmula to Riga

Jurmula to Riga Ansis is the host with the most. We left Abragciems for Riga in the morning, but it was raining, so our plans to stop along the beaches to see the white sands was no longer possible. We did, however, sprinkle dirt from Liesma and Arnold Grinvalds’ graves onto the Latvian soil and …

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