March 19, 2014

Jurmala / Gurimalla

Me and Mon took the train to the city of Jurmala today. It was a great trip! Indian and thai for dinner, laughter, spa (more to come), cats, strangelooking old houses, and a good walk by the sea - which I have longed for a very long time now. It's hard for a kid who grew up on an island to now live in a big city with no real coast line (nope, the Oslo fjord doesn't count.)

More about SPA and everything in two days. Tomorrow we're  going by bus to Cesic town!

March 18, 2014

'Welcome to Riga!'

We arrived at the hostel around half past one yesterday, and it only took an hour before we went off to our first bar. The reception brought us to two bars serving us our first drinks of the day. The only answer we got when we asked: 'Why so early?' Was: 'Welcome to Riga!' We had a great evening out and some of us even tasted the famous Riga Balzam, and its nothing I would recommand, but when in Latvia, you have to try it. We celebrated a St. Patricks day worthy, with guinness hats and lots of beer.

Today we have been learning about Latvias defence politics and policy, and heard a representant of the Latvian Atlantic Treaty Organisations thoughts about whats happening in Ukraine and at the Crimea peninsula. Extremly interesting to get the view from people living in a former member state of the Soviet Union.

A big plate of wok was todays, before we headed for a guided tour around the city.
  An old orthodox church and also a former planetarium.
 Even and me.
 House of the Blackheads.
The Statue of Liberty (?). Me and Mon.

Now, some people are playing paintball, and when they come back we'll head back out again. Tomorrow Monika and I have booked a Spa day in a city by the shore, named Jurmala - one of Putins favorite cities. That is going to be so nice. 

March 16, 2014

So little time, so much to do

I've been miss Busy the last few weeks. There has been great, and not so great, birthday parties to attend, where some included dancing, laughter and good drinks all through the night. I've taken procastination, when it comes to my school work, to a higher level, which is really not good (smack on fingers!), so I've ended up having chaotic days without structure. I call it the 'not-satisfied-with-university'-syndrome. I've gotten A JOB! - thanks to the greatest almost-neighbour in the world. The swimming pool at the uni has become my best friend - taking care of my sore shoulders, and the hospital and my doctor has become the people I talk the most to. The best thing I did the last period was going to Holmenkollen for the World Cup. Me, and about ten other people partied outdoor in winter clothes, had a bonfire under the stars, slept in a Sami tent and watched Martin Johnsrud Sundby speed past us the following day. AMAZING!

Have you ever seen happier kids? Yes, Axel. You're now a blog celebrity. My pleasure.

I'm going to Riga tomorrow (no Kiev, of obvious reasons), and it's going to be a great one! Stay tuned in at my blog, and I'll promise you will get some updates the following days. I'm staying for a week, and I will post something everyday, as long as my travel-SAM cooperates. He has agreed on doing that, and we've prepared us by running a long time scan and some fix up programmes. So fingers crossed, and heyo, tomorrow we'll go!

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