Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cake decorating

Since coming to Riga, I have further developed
my cake decorating. I made a cake for a baby-
shower and I can't just go to my local
cake supply store and buy pre-made decorations...
so I made my own! I made marizpan and then
colored it and sculpted the bear (those high
school art lessons came in handy :))

Saturday, August 15, 2009


For Riga's Birthday, two F-15's flew over the city at noon.
I was lucky enough to get to go to the Riga Airport
to look at the planes before the flyover.
Even though I know it may seem silly, I really
enjoyed viewing them. I'd love to fly a plane!

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

Sigulda Castles

As with the rest of Europe, there are castles doting the country-side.
Just north of Riga is Sigulda, and there are 4 castles.
(They are pictured in the order visited.)
The above castle has been restored. It was mainly in ruins but
has been restored over the last 20 years. Many of the castles
in Eastern Europe have been damaged due to war and
neglect. Only years after being unihabited have they
been restored and preserved.

This and one other castle in Sigulda (which we didn't go
to because it doesn't even look like a castle) haven't
been restored. They are new enough that the owners
have been able to preserve them. We didn't get to
go inside this one because there was a wedding
taking place inside. One member of our group wanted
to crash the wedding, but all of us were dressed to
causually to even try and pull it off...not that I would've
done it anyway.

Rafting Trip

We went and rafted down one of the rivers just north of Riga.

It was a calm-peaceful trip, no-one feel out of the rafts.

I don't know when the last time was that I just did nothing

for two hours! Much needed...

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!)