As Coelho said: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
I’ve always wanted to travel, wanted to go to Latvia and wanted to see the beauty of Riga with my own eyes… And here I am! I’m going through training in this amazing city: getting unforgettable impressions, taking part in interesting projects as a volunteer at Red Cross. It’s my pleasure to travel around the country, to get to know the culture and traditions, I can’t stop admiring the beauty and accuracy of the Latvian cities and I certainly don’t get tired of meeting new people. And, of course, I enjoy the most incredible sights of Riga - a city that from the very first day of my arrival greeted me warmly and kindly. First of all its inhabitants – Zane and Arturs, representatives of LC AIESEC in Riga - they gave me a warm welcome, helped me to settle down and have done everything possible throughout the internship period, so that I feel comfortable here.
I live in a beautiful area that is surrounded by greenery and flowers. In the middle of it all are dorms. (Made like a little city – quite large protected area with its own cafe, barber shop, neat lawns and even a fountain). There I met my friendly, always willing to help neighbors who are making my stay in Latvia even more interesting.
My internship is at the Red Cross of Latvia. It is the best internship I could even dream of! Every day - new unforgettable experience! I visit the kids in the hospital where we communicate, draw with paint, play with constructing games and each time we come up with something new and interesting to do. Communicating with children brings a lot of positive emotions and happiness, so the time flies fast. In addition, I was pleased to take part in special training in Kauguri (Jurmala), where I spent a few days learning necessary things and gained many new friends from all over Latvia! And one of the most vivid memories was my trip with members of the Red Cross to the beautiful, cozy town Plavinas, where we lived in tents on the riverside of the Daugava! This bright adventure I will never forget!
Riga itself fascinated me with its indescribable beauty! Of course, by viewing the photos from the Internet, I knew that Riga is beautiful, but the reality exceeded all my expectations! City is stunning (especially the old part and the center)! I was amazed by houses with all the unusual architecture – some of them just reminiscent the “gingerbread houses”. I can’t let go the feeling that I have been in a fairy tale written by Andersen. Old Town is fascinating – it’s a place where incredible medieval castles and ancient monasteries surprise you. Sharp spikes towers, narrow streets; nearly every house here is crowned with some original compositions, sculptures, clocks, ornaments, which makes everything around so interesting! In the middle of it all – there are really old houses that are well-preserved and blend in. Here you can walk for hours and with each turn expect a new architectural miracle! And the ultra-modern creations of glass and concrete blend in very harmoniously into architecture of the city.
I’m sure that it is impossible to think of something more beautiful than these houses. You can build higher, stronger, more ergonomic buildings, but… to build something more beautiful that those who already been built - it is simply impossible!
I know that this is my best summer of my life!
And I’m so happy that my AIESEC internship is being held in Riga! Here, where the unique atmosphere of antiques are in harmony with technology, here – where every day you open yourself to something new, here - where interesting and sympathetic people live, here - where such a wonderful Local Committee is found!