Thursday 6th of October – Exploring Riga

Posted: October 8, 2011 in 4. October 2011

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…

LIDO!

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!

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