Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Riga 1994

It's interesting to compare views of the same place after a peroid of time. Here's Riga in the late summer of '94 when I was there in the Peace Corps. This was less than 3 years after Latvia gained its independence from the former Soviet Union. Life was beginning to improve, but it was still a bit grim. They had just suffered through a two-year bout of hyperinflation where many peoples' life savings had been reduced to the price of a bicycle.
Ten years on, things are a little brighter. . .

5 Comments:

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Larry in Gibbsville said...

I just added you to my Favorites, found you through Ann...

I was in Latvia in 1994 as part of a program with USEPA. We visited Riga, and then went to Daugavpils to evaluate their water treatment plants (and eventually donated water treatment equipment to the city).

It was a memorable trip, especially seeing how the country was just beginning to get up on its feet.

Looking forward to reading more from you!

 
At 9:07 AM, Blogger vienalga said...

Thanks. Daugavpils is about 90% Russian-speaking. It almost doesn't feel like a part of Latvia. I remember once have to ask directions to the Pedagogical Institute. It took me about 15 minutes to find someone on the street who could speak Latvian. The older guy was so surprised to hear a foreigner speaking his tongue that he practically led me there himself!

 
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