DC today, after the questionable “vote” in Crimea today.
Latvia is a beautiful country, and there is a lot to see. In one week you will probably stay around Rīga, the capital. On a nice sunny day be sure to take the bus/train out to Jūrmala, the beach. Within Rīga, be sure to visit Old Town - the cobblestone streets, Jugendstil architecture and magnificent churches are straight out of a storybook. Visit a bakery to try some traditional pīrāgi (little bacon-stuffed rolls), take a boat tour of the canal and Daugava, and relax in one of the many beautiful parks. For a quick overview, check out “The Twelve Days of Latvia” series beginning here, and as always, a tour book or two from your local library wouldn’t hurt. I hope you have a wonderful time!
We wake up to another medal for Latvia! The four man team of Oskars Melbārdis, Daumants Dreiskens, Jānis Strenga and Arvis Vilkaste finished the fourth run of 4-man bobsled only 0.09 seconds behind gold. A record for winter Olympics, the Latvians will be going home with four medals total - SUCCESS!
Today, in hockey: Latvia came out of virtually nowhere to go toe to toe with the Canadian team, keeping the score tied at 1:1 for a majority of the game. With a final score of 1:2, Latvian goaltender Gudlevskis had 56 saves - that deserves a gold medal all and in itself. Although not advancing to the semifinal round against the US, this nation of 2 million has proved itself in the Olympic hockey arena, playing with not only skill, but heart.
In other news: Russia gets trounced by Finland 3 to 1.
11th seeded Latvia upset the Swiss to advance to tomorrow’s quarterfinals against Canada in Olympic hockey, 3 to 1. The winner will face off against the winner from the US/Czech Republic game in the semifinals.