Thursday, September 17, 2009
It's definitely turning to Fall. The sun is out, but there is a definite "bite" in the wind. Latvia has a whole bunch of festivals during the Summer, but not really sure what kind of festivals happen in Fall/Winter, but we'll see! Leaves have started to drop off the trees and it's making me excited for the upcoming holidays! (Pics to some shortly)
Dreams are funny things. I had a dream the other night that I just remembered. For some reason I was cussing up a storm at someone. I mean, I try to not even THINK cuss words so to dream that I am yelling at someone with a whole slew of epithets spewing out of my mouth was WEIRD! I don't even remember who it was, but they really annoyed me so the wrath of Mischa was unleashed! Glad that's not how I am really!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
You know all those cool cadgets that are in your
car? Well, there are even cooler cadgets inside
the cockpits of these planes. We weren't even allowed to
take pictures of the cockpits...but some
truly "cool" stuff!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Of course, it didn't take long for me to take off
my life-jacket (I mean, come on! I'm used to rapids!) and
turn around to sit on the outside of the raft to
view the scenery. It was really pretty and apparently
you can camp along-side the river (definitely next summer!)
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The branch that I attend went on a ward outing to a small town called Kandava. On our way there, we stopped by an old manor house that served as a hosptial during wars. It is now a museum.
We also stopped by this place that has a large rock out in the middle of nowhere. Which is apparently a big deal. There aren't a lot of big rocks in Latvia. The kids, and some of the adults climbed it. It is in a pretty meadow and then just behind is a small river that feeds into a bigger river.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Riga is near the Baltic Sea and is a port city. It also has a river, the Dugava running through the city. Unfortunately, the river has had a bunch of stuff dumped in it and so is not very clean. However, the locals do get in it and play and swim. One of the main bridges looks like the strings on a violin.
Friday, June 26, 2009
The above picture is a picture of
Isn't this a lovely water fountain? It's nice but don't get too close as the river isn't the cleanest and you don't want to be sprayed with this water! Although it is love to sit along the bank down or up stream and just enjoy.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Midsummer's Eve, a friend and I drove to Lithuania to visit Vilnius and Trakai. As you can see, they really like big city signs. Even Riga has signs this big (just incase you weren't sure what city you were heading into :)).
To prove that I was there, I had a picture taken of me with the castle in the background. I
really liked Trakai castle. It was basically in ruins until the 1990's when it was restored.
There are still ruins of the outer walls that were really neat.
This is Lori and I as we cross the wooden bridge to the castle.
centuries. Its is also interesting to see the difference that the
don't have to try and restore them.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Anyway, I promised more about my house, so here goes!
This is the entry-way and the "formal" dinning room.
Here's a picture of the living room. You can't see them, but I have two bookcases in the living room and another in the entry way. Too bad I gave away all my books! Oh, well, I guess I'll just have to fill them with my DVD's!
This is the second bedroom, where you'll be staying if you come to visit!
This is the loft that over-looks the living room. I can't wait to put my Christmas tree here!
And this is the third bedroom that is currently a "sitting room".
Friday, May 29, 2009
Okay, where to start?!?! Well, let's start with my home.
These two pictures are the entrance into my building. Every where I walk in the city, I can look up and see these amazing buildings with amazing detail. Riga has the most "art nouveau" in Europe.
Coming soon pictures of the inside...
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Today I drove to Gettysburg, PA and visited the Gettysburg Military Memorial Monument. It was so sad to see all the tombs of unknown soldiers, over a 1000. So many who gave their lives for a country that they loved. They had a postcard that you could fill out that would be sent to a soldier who is currently serving. It was very sobering to visit a place where so many gave their lives. At the visitors center there was so much to do and see. Definitely a place to visit.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This last weekend I drove down to Raleigh, NC to visit Jennifer who I hadn't seen in four years. We've talked and emailed over the last four years, but it was the first time we were able to get together. It was so great to see her.
Saturday night, I also was able to catch up with Karsten. He drove up from Fayettsville and we went out to dinner and talked. We were out until 1 o'clock so instead of driving home, he crashed on the couch.
I also got to go to the Raleigh Temple. It rained while I was there, so that added to not taking picutres. North Carolina is definately a pretty place that I'd love to visit again but we'll see what time dictates.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009