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Friday 7th of October

Posted: October 8, 2011 in 4. October 2011

Open Air Museum

This morning began in a rush as I missed my alarm…I was late! So in 10 minutes I

Zigrida's School

was out of the house and on my way to meet Zigrida. Our first destination was the open air museum. About a half hour bus ride away. It was beautiful here; the air was so crisp and fresh. The museum showed different types of wooded house from all around Latvia! It was in the forest and it was so beautiful to walk around.

After that Zigrida took me to her school. We wandered around then had lunch in the cafeteria. The school was very new as it had just been renovated, it was very nice though.


It was then time to meet Valdis – mum’s cousin. It was so good to see him; he is so friendly and talkative. He took me to pick up his daughter – Edita (8 years old) and then to Sigulda, a cute little town 50km out of Riga. Sigulda is especially beautiful in autumn as all the trees are turning yellow. We went to 2 castles and a cave. We even

My future hut by the lake

got to eat some local chocolate and savoury pastries! Sigulda was a very exquisite town. Edita is very cute; I spent lots of time playing little games with her like ‘catch’ and ‘throwing leaves on each other’. It was lots of fun! The evening consisted of going to bed, all in all a lovely day.

View from the castle tower

Sunset :)y day.



Today began at 8.30am connecting to the other side of the world. I had two very enjoyable skype conversations. The first was with Philippa and the second, a joint conference call mum and Dad (Dad is currently OS). It was a happy start to the day.

I then had time to meditate, shower, drink tea and eat breakfast before leaving the house at 11am. I was on a mission to explore Old Riga and get back in touch with my roots. This first of all led me to drink a cup of coffee and read my book at a very cute little bakery.

My next destination was the Latvia museum of Occupation that documents Latvia’s occupation first of all the Soviet occupation (1940 – 1941), then the National Socialist

Occupation Museum

German occupation (1941 – 45/46), followed by the second Soviet occupation (1945/46 – 1991). Tears were brought to my eyes as I read about the horrors experienced and then again about the joy when they finally got back their independence back in 1991. I remembered going there over 10 years ago, but my 12 year old self didn’t understand as much as now. I developed much empathy for the struggles Grandma and Grandpa must have gone through and a great appreciation for the fact that they managed to escape to Australia…


I had to take a moment after this exhibition…after my moment I thought it was time to go to Lido – a traditional Latvia food buffet that Merika suggested to me. As soon as I walked in memories flooded back from when we went here when I first came to Latvia, this time my 12 year old self and my present self had some continuity of such an enjoyable experience…Latvian food!. Except I must say food is definitely something that should be shared with friends.

Art Nouvour

I spent more time wandering the streets listening to the Waifs (their latest album Temptation…very nice). I occasionally had to laugh out loud to myself for no apparent reason. I wandered thorough old Riga and the Art Nouveau area where some very interesting architecture was appreciated.

When I arrived back to my hostel at about 5pm I was greeted by freshly homemade PIRADZ!! Merika had just pulled them out of the oven, literally the best hostel I have ever stayed in! So natural I made a cup of tea and enjoyed the Piradz!

Home Made Piradz

The evening was spent dancing at en exclusive Latvian club – no foreigners aloud. Merika managed to convince the bouncer to let us in. It was lots of fun, the DJ was playing gangsta music all night!