Month: July 2016

Vitauts in Latvia 9: Abragciems

Vitauts in Latvia 9: Abragciems

Abragciems Abragciems is a tiny Latvian village on the coast of the Gulf of Riga which is part of the Baltic Sea. Many Latvians have summer homes across the coast. They finish work for the week, and then drive to their cottage on the seaside. Bruno and Maruta have just such a cottage, but it is …

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Vitauts in Latvia 8: Jaunmoku Pils

Vitauts in Latvia 8: Jaunmoku Pils

Jaunmoku Pils Latvian lesson of the day… “Jaun” means “new” and “moku” means “torture” or “torment.” “Pils” simply means castle. So every time you drink a “pilsner” you are drinking a bit of a Latvian castle.  We finished our visit in Talsi by attending the historical Evangelical Lutheran Church where we were greeted by another …

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Vitauts in Latvia 7: Talsi

Vitauts in Latvia 7: Talsi

Talsi and Arnolds Grinbergs After Kuldiga, we drove to Talsi to spend the night. We found out that Ansis wanted us to visit Talsi because that is where our Uncle Arnolds lived after World War II. He was a soldier in the Latvian Army fighting for the German side when the Russians began to move in. …

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Vitauts in Latvia 6: “Kuldiga Tourists”

Vitauts in Latvia 6: “Kuldiga Tourists”

Kuldiga the Pearl of Kurzeme  We spent the rest of the afternoon in Kuldiga. First, we rode the train all around the city watching a strangely translated video explaining some of the really cool sights of the town. We crawled through the cobblestone avenues soaking in the history of this beautiful city. The train was …

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Vitauts in Latvia: 5 “Kuldiga and the Piedzerusies (Drunk) Cilveki (Guys)”

Vitauts in Latvia: 5 “Kuldiga and the Piedzerusies (Drunk) Cilveki (Guys)”

Kuldiga: One of Latvia’s Gems and the Draudzigs (friendly) Latvians Disclaimer: Again, I apologize for the lack of Latvian characters. After we met at the gas station, Bruno took Vitauts while Ansis drove Sue, Glen and me to one of Latvia’s most beautiful and historical cities, Kuldiga. As we were driving, Ansis explained that this …

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Vitauts in Latvia: 4 “Bruno’s Breakfast”

Vitauts in Latvia: 4 “Bruno’s Breakfast”

July 9, 2016 Continued… The Bruno Breakfast of Champions Bruno’s arrival at 8 a.m. was a bit of a surprise. He owns the flat we are staying in as well as his own adjacent apartment. He can freely walk from room to room as they are connected by a shared storage space. He reminds me …

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Vitauts in Latvia: 3 “The Coffee Shop”

Vitauts in Latvia: 3 “The Coffee Shop”

July 9, 2016 The Coffee Shop Spoiler: There is no coffee shop at the end of this story. And I apologize for not using Latvian characters for the Latvian names. Forgive me.  As Susan, Glen and I were walking back to the flat on Friday night, we saw a coffee shop that was only a …

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Vitauts in Latvia: 2 “Helma and Gita”

Vitauts in Latvia: 2 “Helma and Gita”

July 8 Continued On the way back from the airport, Ansis took us to lunch at the new Swedbank building on the banks of the Daugava River in Riga. We sat and had lunch with a beautiful view of Old Town Latvia.             After we got to the apartment, unpacked, and …

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Vitauts in Latvia: 1″The Trip”

Vitauts in Latvia: 1″The Trip”

Some months ago I asked dad what he would do if he finally won his millions of dollars. What did he need that he didn’t already have? His response after some thought was, “I would like to go back to Latvia one more time.” My response was, “We can do that right now!” With some …

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