To be honest, when I arrived in Riga for the first time, on July 11th, I didn’t really know a lot about Latvia. I didn’t want to do much research on the country in order to be surprised while living there.
And I guess that is exactly what happened!
I remember when I first arrived at the airport and saw all the other volunteers waiting for me. And I know that every culture has its own way of greeting each other but I thought: “Hugs are international! Let’s hug everyone!”
Later on, I eventually understood that hugs are a very private way to greet other people in Latvia. Oh well… apart from that first mishap, I must say that I was super friends with all the volunteers and lots of other people I eventually met.
This was a crazy experience and I’ve done many things that I’ve never thought I would. I made my own bed from pallets, I lived in a house with other nine people, I helped to build a cement and brick wall, screwed wood together, helped to sew bean bags, rode a bike for I don’t know how many kilometers (and managed to fall and get quite some bruises), jumped from a small waterfall, rode a horse for the first time (ok… it was a pony but it still counts), painted decorations that I thought I couldn’t do, managed to fall again… and participated in an amazing festival with incredible people!
This festival turned out to be an event where many different cultures came together which resulted in very chill and nice three days, where I had the opportunity to get to know the locals better. It was the result of a month of teamwork and I think we were all very proud of what we accomplished.
I think that was the best part of the whole experience, meeting and working along with other volunteers, organizers and locals. Everyone I met on the way was amazing and I expect to meet them again someday soon.
Young City of Tomorrow – Sara Costa
The project "Young city of tomorrow" was financed with the support of European Commission’s “Erasmus+: Youth in Action” administered in Latvia by the Agency for International Programs for Youth. This publication reflects only the author’s views, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained there in.