Saturday, December 17, 2005


So, guys, here's what I've got to say: for the coming 3 weeks most likely you won't see too much activity here from my side! The day has come - I AM HOME! :))) And probably you know what that means, don't you?!

For example, yesterday I woke up at 1.30pm... Took some Latvian press and lied in the bed, and read the papers, and forced myself out of the bed just at 3pm - simply because I was starving! Went to the kitchen in my old, well-worn pyjamas, opened the fridge... man! :) Seems my mom had been waiting for me to come home the same way as I was eager to come home!!! The fridge shelves full of home made food, my favourite!!! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

So, I just took a pile of food, I mean -A PILE-, and went back to the bed... I think I could spent there the whole day, indeed... but some friends gave me a call and I couldn't resist meeting them... And going to the old town... Ahhhh... Riga's old town, no more of Tallinn! So beautiful, so familiar, so dear! Well, yeah... of course, drunken young people, foreigners gone out in the "girl-hunt", a bit messy... but who cares!?- it's my city!

Well, yeah... so, what I wanted to say with all this that don't expect too much activity from me these days!
And, btw, seems my activity in writing this blog can go down also when I'm back in Tallinn again, that is 8th January. For, to say the truth, I created this blog as a part of my Computer Assited Journalism class in University. The assignment was to create a blog and make at least 3 posts a week. Now, as that is over (I mean the "grade-hunt") I am free, if I want, to cease writing in this blog. However, seems I've found myself in all this, so... I think I will continue with what I've started. Maybe not so often as before, but most likely I won't disappear ;)

So, guys, be good and take care! Enjoy winter and give a hug to all whom you care about! The feeling's just amazing, believe me, I do not lie! :)
Life's beautiful, indulge yourselves ;)


At 2:11 PM, Blogger Luarvik said...

A cause for worry??? RIGA (Reuters) - A drunk Latvian had a blood-alcohol content more than 17 times the legal driving limit in the Baltic state when he was run over and killed, police said Tuesday.

The 50-year-old unnamed pedestrian, who also had more than twice the alcohol level considered lethal for most humans, was lying drunk on the road near his home in a remote part of eastern Latvia in the early hours.

Police said the man had probably been drinking home-made alcohol for several days because of the impossibility of reaching his blood-alcohol level of 0.9 percent in just a day.

They said the man was alive when he was run over by a car, creating a probable although unenviable record for alcohol consumption in hard-drinking Latvia.

"The cause of death has been marked down as a road accident, although the alcohol level would most likely have killed him anyway," said state police spokeswoman Kristine Mezaraupe.

Latvia, an ex-Soviet state which is still one of the poorest in the European Union, has a problem with heavy drinking, especially among men who have an average life expectancy of 66 years compared with 77 years for women.

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Dace said...

And? :)
What was the thing that you wanted to point out with this?

Such 'wonders' happen from time to time, but, believe me - not only in Latvia. There are lots of serious problems here apart from this one, alcohol abuse, like high suicide rate, low birthrate, heavy smoking among teenagers and so on and so forth... But this is not going to be the cause why I would love my country less, just on the contrary - this signalizes it's time for the new generation (my generation) to get up and start dioing something.

I believe in better future ;)

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Luarvik said...

Nothing in particular. Just pointing things out to you as you point things out in this blog. And that you probably broke the world record or drunkenness:)

I will be moving to Riga, Latvia on business in a couple of months and Im sure this will give me further insight to the wonderful world of Latvia and Latvians. Needless to say I feel a little apprahensive about that... But hey, its all about going in with my heart open.

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Dace said...

I see the point ;)
Well, yeah... alcohol abuse is really a problem here... I understood it once more today - although it is the first working day after the New Year's celebrations, the city is full of drunken people :( However, particulary those are people speaking Russian. I don't say Latvians do not drink heavily, but somehow it feels that it would be so much better here without those Russians! And here they are so much more than in Estonia! :(

I don't think you should be too concerned about coming to Riga, I presume?! It's basically the same as Tallinn, having both its pros and its cons. Sometimes seems that there are way too many disadvantages... but, hey, - the most important thing is that I love Latvia and Riga despite all the nonsense that happens here, isn't it? :)

At 5:51 PM, Blogger T! said...

about russians in the baltic's, a friend of mine has said once
"estonia would be much more beautiful and the life les complicate without all those russians here"...i dont wanna stoke prejudices but for me...I dont like these russian-macho-drinking-loud-lazy-impolite attitude... I grew up in the east part of germany and i was 13yo as the berlin wall came down, so i've realized russians only as soldiers, occupant, foreign force...we have never had to live together with them...thanks heaven...

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Dace said...

oh, yes, you said that just correct - thanks heaven! We, the Baltics, have throughout the centuries realized our great Eastern neighbor as an occupant force. Though we can talk about occupation only in 20th century...

Nearly 50 years under Soviet power... 2 deportations to Siberia, don't know the exact number, but, if I remember correctly from the highschool times, what was it..? 70 000 people sent out of the country among whom several tens of thousands were killed or died from the inhuman living conditions???

And thousands of Russians coming to Latvia and staying here for life in turn. Now those Russians have grown old, but their children and grandchildren are still here, claiming that they are lacking rights. But what they do for this country, what is their contribution? -

today I watched a program that talks about the recent, alarming events. Last night 7 drunken people were rescued from death by the ambulance (they were simply lying on streets in the cold)... 6 of them were Russians. The same with 2 junkies - both Russian.
The next reportage was about a street fight - guess the nationality of all the people who were included in it...?
During the whole program, which lasts 30 minutes, they mentioned only 2 Latvians!!!
And this is what you also see on streets, supermarkets, public transport, in front of staircases, small bars and other places... Mainly those people who create some kind of disorder are Russian!

How then I cannot be biased against this nationality? I try to tell myself "Dace, there are also ordinary Russian people, who honour this country, besides there definitely are Latvians who do not"...
But it is so hard to not to have prejudices against this particular nation! It always resembles something rude-nasty-lazy-blah.blah.blah

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