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Day 12 (29 Jan)

driving - what did you expect?

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From Riga to Ventspils today.

Short trip. Checking back on the Mac; Google maps tells me 187.7Km.

Deeper into history. I probably did this road some 100 times in 2000/2001.
Most business meetings were in Riga as opposed to Ventspils itself.
Flying in/out was from the Riga airport.
Shopping was also Riga.
Weekends to Riga to change the environment of Ventspils.

I notice with myself that there is no real desire to put many pictures here or even to stop and take them. You have to understand that it looks up front impossible to me to even try and let you get a feel of what those experiences were over those 2 years. My first international (terminal) job.

A more simple reason is, is that Ventspils and the road from Riga is not really a top touristic destination. Probably the only yardstick you would apply to looking at any pictures I place here - as most of you are used to international holiday destinations. Exotic ones as far as Thailand and Bali.

So bear with me. I hope it still tells a little story.... however short.

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This is it!
The road is from beginning to end lined with trees - spur and birch.
Few towns, some villages.
Some lonely wooden houses.

Two things struck me on the road;
1. some of the lonely wooden houses that were part of the returning weekly scenery in the old days, have been just abandoned. Apparently few hundred thousand Latvians have emigrated during the last decennium. Young educated people looking for better jobs in the UK, US et. A population that used to be around 2.2m apparently is reduced to some 1.6m. Perhaps the empty houses are part of all that emigration. It looks particularly tough to me to try and make a living on the land in this day and age.....

2. the ice fishermen

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You probably need magnifying glasses to see the men on the ice. On the picture smaller than fly droppings. They always have been out there in winter, for hours on the ice to catch some hibernating fish. In the old days it was partly a must to save costs. Someone told me they also enjoy it but find that hard to believe....

OK. With a decent and upgraded road it was fairly quick to get to Ventspils. Only 2,5 Hours.

Will get back to you.

Cheers

Posted by moustache17 10:41 Archived in Latvia

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