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The Freedom Monument - it's supposed to be Lady Liberty holding three gold stars, which represent Kurzeme, Latgale, and Vidzeme (the three main regions of Latvia). The Soviets destroyed most nationalistic monuments like this, but they allowed it to stand because they said it represented mother Russia supporting the three Baltic states.
Did she ... wet the bed?!!??

September 6th 2007
Geo: 56.9465, 24.1048Off to the bus station - on the way, we stopped to pick up some more of those donuts, pastries, and an open-faced ham sandwich for the ride to Riga. I had some Estonian Kroons to blow, so it was spent on bottled water, chocolates, and cough drops (or throat drops, as Yvonne would say) for Mary. I wasn't feeling too great this morning - perhaps it's because I hav ... read more
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Latvian Flag After a brief period of independence between the two World Wars, Latvia was annexed by the USSR in 1940. It reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of... ... read more
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