Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Riga 2004

. . . You can clearly see the difference freedom and a market economy have wrought. From darkness into light was not just a metaphor to the Latvians. That's not to say that all is rosy here these days. There is still too much unemployment outside Riga and wages are low, especially for doctors, nurses, and teachers. Still, in the last year or so, big chunks of EU money have started to flow in and the results are becomming more apparant, especially with the infrastructure. The highway to our town - about an hour away - from Riga, has been much improved, leading to increased property values. The rebuilding of Latvia, and all the states of the old Soviet System, will take at least a generation. Let's go!