Month: January 2017

Latvia in Winter 2016: Epilogue

Latvia in Winter 2016: Epilogue

The Epilogue In some cases, this might be called the “What did we learn?” segment. I think epilogue is appropriate. I wrote most of this on the plane as I flew home next to a hyperactive little kid and a father trying his best to be patient. Writing was therapeutic. Now I’m editing listening to …

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Riga: A Night at the Opera

Riga: A Night at the Opera

Riga: Die Fledermaus Thursday, January 5 Because life loves me sometimes, I was given the opportunity to attend the Latvian National Opera. If you ever go to Riga, this building is one of the landmark treasures that you see any time you go to Old Town or walk through the main parks. It looks beautiful …

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Thursday: The Final Day

Thursday: The Final Day

Salaspils on Thursday January 5, 2017 Bruno set up a plan to come pick me up on Thursday morning, 11 a.m., and then take me back to Riga. There, I would spend the night at his flat, and we would drive to the airport together on Friday morning.  Again, I didn’t really sleep on Wednesday …

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Jelgava

Jelgava

The Rundāle post was getting too long, so Jelgava is now in this space. If you are keeping track. Jelgava Because I am me, and I don’t like going home the same way I got to a place, I decided that I would make one more stop on my trip, Jelgava. I thought it was a …

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Rundale Palace and Jelgava

Rundale Palace and Jelgava

Rundāle Pils January 5, 2017 After a nice miegs (sleep), I looked out the window to see that more snow had fallen, but it didn’t look too terrible (famous last words). I went down to the free breakfast, and it looked promising at first, but it was somehow lacking some of the basics. They had …

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Bauska Castle

Bauska Castle

Bauska Pils January 3, 2017 In my quest to see more of Latvia, I found myself embarking on a two day journey south of Riga the city of Bauska. My plan was to stay in a hotel in Bauska to see the famous and nearby Rundale Palace the next morning. The snow that had begun falling …

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Riga at Night

Riga at Night

Riga Naktī January 2, 2017 I broke this up because it was getting long. If you are interested, you can read what happened up to this point here. I was at a fancy restaurant decorated with creepy statues that reminded me of the first season of True Detective. Tell me that’s not creepy. So they …

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Riga in the Snow 2017

Riga in the Snow 2017

Riga un Sniegs Daytime Edition January 2, 2017 Ansis challenged me to try the bus instead of driving to Riga. He said it would be a good way to get back and forth. He left me a schedule, which I lost, but that did not deter me. I spent part of my day on Sunday …

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Cēsis: The Grinvalds

Cēsis: The Grinvalds

Cēsis December 31 I love Gita. Can I just say that for the record? Never a dull moment! When she plans something, she goes all out! Even on New Year’s Day, when things are closed, and it’s raining, and cold, and all the forces and elements are against her, she still manages to make the …

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