After breakfast I decided that it was finally time to explore
I started at Bastion Hill. This is a really pretty park that used to have a castle in it. When the castle was torn down the moat was turned into a scenic canal. Next up was the freedom monument. I don’t remember what this was freedom for though. For some reason there were two soldiers marching back and forth in front of it.
At this point it was nearing lunch time but I thought I could fit one museum in before then. I went to the
Prior to WWI Latvia had been occupied by both Germanic forces and
Just like in Estonia Stalin tried to stamp out Latvian history.
In June of 1941 Stalin had 1% of the entire Latvian population arrested and deported to
About two weeks later the Nazi army arrived. At first they were looked on as liberators. The Nazis did their best to strengthen this idea. They dug up the mass graves of those that Stalin had had killed. People were able to identify and rebury their loved ones. Soon, however, the people began to realize that the Nazi’s were just as bad as the Soviets had been.
During all of this there was a resistance movement. When the tide changed and the front once again crossed
In the 1980’s glasnost began and resistance grew. The largest group was called
When I had finished here I was definitely ready for a break from serious stuff. It was also that weird time of day when the museums were closing and it wasn’t quite time for dinner. I went to see the Accidental Husband. It was cute.
After making myself dinner at the hostel I went to the bar to be social. I ended up meeting some nice Brits and going to a nearby pub with them and the rest of the group from the hostel.