Back our 3-year anniversary trip to Riga, Latvia, via Stockholm, Sweden. Great trip, great weather, great food, people!
It was a nice surprise to be in Riga for the 20th anniversary of the Baltic Chain, a protest where 2 million people held hands over 600 kilometers (373 miles) spanning three countries (Estonian SSR, Latvian SSR, and Lithuanian SSR). Imagine that! I had know idea.
By the way, while we’re on the topic of protests and before I forget, here’s Larry Flint’s (yes, that Larry Flint) call for mass protest on HuffPo: “Common Sense 2009.” What will cause the sheeple to reject the lies, reject their selfishness (and the selfishness of the politicians and mega corporations), and standup for each other (“we, not me”)? Apparently a lot, since it’s not happened yet. Sigh. Now back to regularly scheduled blog post.
More about the Baltic Chain and its 20th anniversary:
- Wikipedia: “The Baltic Way“: “Within six months from the protest, Lithuania became the first of the Republics of the Soviet Union to declare independence.”
- France24.com: “Race marks 20 years since two million joined anti-Soviet human chain“: There’s a video, too. “US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement honouring the Baltic Chain 20th anniversary. It saw two million people from a total population of seven million in the three states hold hands in an unparalleled act of solidarity and defiance. Footage of the human chain was this year inscribed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, a list of 193 archives of global significance.” Susanne and I happened upon the end point of the Riga leg of the race on Saturday night, after a real nice dinner at Vincents. That was our anniversary dinner. The rest of the trip we ate super cheap, as in baguettes, cheese, and sausage. Our hotel, Nordic Hotel Bellevue, included breakfast (and use of a great spa, which we used). We stayed there as part of a Tallink package deal.
- YouTube. There are many videos there. For example, “Baltic Way 20th anniversary marked – 23 Aug 09” and “Motorcyclists Commemorate 1989 Baltic Way.”
- Continental Drifter: “Riga, Latvia“: Interesting article with a lot of history and description of The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, which we did not see. We did not know about it until now, when I started researching.
Now on to the pictures, organized into three groups:
- Stockholm (pics from before and after Riga)
- Boat to and from Riga