One week ago, I landed in Copenhagen, Denmark. I walked off my plane and was greeted by my friends Karoline and Mette and Karoline's mother, Pia. Bless her heart, Pia fetched my luggage and drove it to their home, while Karoline and Mette brought me along to a house warming party in the city my first night in Copenhagen. It was a fabulous night. I was introduced to Copenhagen's food scene, had a special cocktail at Balthazar, an incredible cocktail and champagne bar in the city, and met a load of new people at the housewarming party. I stayed with Karoline, just outside of Copenhagen, for three nights before departing for Riga, Latvia on Monday. I called my first experience of Copenhagen a 'taster visit.' Monday morning came long before I expected it to, but there I was boarding another plane to Riga, Latvia where I would meet a friend of a friend of a friend, Henrijs, who has now become a friend of mine. He welcomed me into his home, where I stayed for my four nights in Riga. I was lucky enough to meet his sister, the rest of his family, including the cat, Bruno, and some of their friends. I enjoyed exploring the city and learning to understand the Latvian culture and language. Latvia reminded me of Minnesota for many reasons. The people I met were friendly and kind, like an even better version of the Minnesota nice I know so well back home. There were loads of trees, daudz koku. Birch trees and red pines dominated the woods. The ground was blanketed by a sheet of snow my entire visit, and the temperatures were familiar. I look forward to visiting Latvia again in the summer and bringing my future understanding of the language, as I plan to continue studying the language in my time away from the country. I was reminded of the kind of life I want to live: follow my own heart, honor the earth, and appreciate all that people, the Earth, and life has to offer. The Pono Life.
Man patīk piedzīvojumi un es mīlu Latvija! And, now, hello again Denmark. x