The day’s original plans were scrapped after several of us have contacted a sort of stomach bug. Luckily the boys didn’t get it, leaving me to believe that instead of a virus we’ve all gotten food poisoning, but in any case I couldn’t drag myself out of bed in time to make the longer trip to Sigulda and Limbaži. The day was spent resting, hydrating and hoping for the best; although we’ve been participating in the Latvian National Song and Dance Festival events all week, tomorrow we have tickets to the folk dancing event that would be a shame to miss.
It’s hard to ignore the Festival. With the windows open there is constantly a stream of chatter streaming in from excited concertgoers, usually accompanied by the TV or radio broadcasting one of the many events. Stepping out of the apartment you will be hard pressed to not pass at least one concert or exhibition. Vērmanes dārzs is full with the fair but also with a number of stages, each hosting a choir, theatre production or folk dancing group.