A beautiful week in Latvia…

Enjoy the report of Katharina, who reviews a week of surprises in Latvia.

On Monday we visited the high school in Limbaži. After a short tour of the school, we got an insight into the teaching system when visiting the class. Then we met again to get to know each other. In the afternoon we visited the bakery in Limbaži. There we got a guided tour of the family business and were then able to do some shopping in the small shop. Back in the center we got a small city tour. We started in the Limbaži Museum, where we visited, among other things, an old fortress. From their tower we could look forward to the beautiful view over Limbaži. In the evening we walked to a parade that was held on the occasion of Lacplesis Day. With music and torches we remembered Latvia’s declaration of independence on our way to church.

On Tuesday morning we went to Riga by bus to visit the Stockholm School of Economics. Three students answered questions about the school system. Then we took a closer look at the university. In the afternoon we took part in a city tour. In the center of Riga we saw the Riga Theater, Opera House and Statue of Liberty. The many artfully decorated facades of the houses were also very impressive. In the evening we went to the basketball and volleyball game in the sports hall in Limbaži.

Wednesday we went to Riga again to visit the University of Riga. We were allowed to look at a laboratory for experiments with organic substances and found many different inserted organs in another room. In some cases, they were even former babies. In the afternoon we visited the cosmetics company “Mádara”. In the tour of the company, we followed the different production steps of the cosmetic articles. In the evening we were invited to a concert in the Limbaži youth center. Dance groups, choirs and ensembles presented the culture of their country with dances and music typical of Latvia. The national anthem, which was sung by all guests, was particularly beautiful.

On Thursday we drove to Ungurpils and visited a potato starch factory. After a short talk about the company, we were guided through the individual stages of production. From the arrival of the potatoes to the washing and cutting to the drying and packaging of the starch, we were able to observe everything. We continued to Staicele. In the Museum of Weaving we even had the opportunity to weave something ourselves. In the afternoon we went to an ice cream factory. In a short film we were told the production steps of the different types of ice cream and then we were finally allowed to try the ice cream. In the evening we could relax in the Limbaži swimming pool.