The UN set July 30th as “Int’l Friendship Day,” but scrapu.com shows “Friendship Day” is today, Sunday, August 7th. So today is still recognized as “Friendship Day.”
Coolbruv, the reason I didn’t check out “At the time of sunrise,” when I was looking for the Ramadan post, is that I was looking for one closest to August 1st. I researched it more the other day, and found that it moves forward 10 days, or so, every year, so next year it will begn about July 21st. And that Ramadan covers every day of the year during a 34-year period. I hope I explained that right :)
I was into boxing and kung fu for a little while when I was a kid, useless things in real combat, the only useful thing they taught me is the proper attitude. Combat-wise I’m mostly just skill acquired from numerous fights and training in my own way.
But I didn’t mean that local people are soft just hand to hand like. They are so nice it’s sometimes hard to believe. They say sorry, they offer help, they ask “how are you?” and they try not to disturb other people when they’re doing something. Well, no society is perfect, there are local idiots. For example I was yelled at from passing cars several times. I see that as something a child does… screaming at people from a window on a high floor. From where I come from that person who cusses people out while driving by would be considered a coward because he apparently has no balls whatsoever to say something like that directly to the face, like a man.
In Latvia it’s completely normal to get yelled at at work, it’s something that never changes no matter where you work there. Here I haven’t seen or heard anybody yelling at someone at work… everything is calm and polite. Something I never seen before.
The UK is better in every way. I’m not even sure that it can even be compared to eastern Europe, too different.
And at the same time… there is the little thing that annoys me about local English people - they are too soft. Even local muggers are wimps compred to those who I used to beat up. Feel like a wolf in bunnyland.
Well, any person is free do disagree with anything I write, I don’t claim that my advice or solution to a problem is the only one correct. It’s one of many ways to solve a problem; moe often than not it’s too direct and too harsh but that’s how I am and how my ways are.
Riga and Latvia is, well, a branch office of hell on earth. Crime is very high for a country with pop. less than 2m, and for a capital with pop. of 1m. A lot of drug addicts and alcoholics. No culture, no family values, education costs are insanely high for puny wages people are surviving there on, same as with healthcare. Few people can afford it because from an average wage you can’t afford to stay in the hospital for more than about 3 - 4 days (with no luxuries such as hospital food and specified to your case tretment), that’s 3-4 days basically under observation. Alcohol in shops costs less than milk :) Also local population mostly is hypocritical to the bone, racist and used to not to care about anything. If you would get attacked and beaten nobody would bother helping or calling the police/ambulance. And there is an almost 85% probability of you being mugged if you would go out after dark and unarmed. If you would forget to buy a ticket in public transport and if ticket control people would stop the vehicle - you’ll be forced out and legally robbed. They can take your wallet, cellphone, shopping bags, shoes… the police won’t even listen to you if you would try to report it after. Also there are 2 nationalities mainly in Latvia - ethnical Latvians and ethnical Russians. So those Russians are oppressed, have no right to vote, no right to work in any government structure or building, have no right to get scholarships, have no right to enter other countries of the European Union without a visa even though it’s a free travel zone. Also all reception people, salespeople, workers of public transport, government and such are prohibited by law to speak Russian at work. It’s against the regulations of EU but Latvian government doesn’t give a sh*t about anything. All of the money they were given to stabilize the economy was stolen and divided between members of the parliament. I can go on for several hours…
That’s fine. I’ve been doing similarly, not much time because of a few tasks ^^
Kazakhstan is predominantly Muslim. There are a lot of nomadic superstitions and local religious things mixed in with it though. For example, some people are a bit afraid of the evil eye.
There are quite a lot of contradictions within their culture. Things that could be exploited at times if people had malicious intent. I think that’s due to the stark contrast between a lot of the parts of their culture: the Soviet Union aspect versus their traditional nomadic lifestyle being the main duality I think.
I’m not anti-Israeli at all, but I do realize that there are two sides to the story and that the Palestinian people are being treated poorly. It seems to go in cycles of revenge. Some people, especially here in the US, side with Israel because of fundamentalist religious views. The same appreciation for cultural heritage doesn’t usually extend to peoples who are Muslim, Hindi or Buddhist.
Well, the mafia doesn’t have much reason to. But small petty thieves would try. Though, you can have some fun with them by saying things similar to, “Allah will bring judgment upon you…” They go, “Wait, you’re a Muslim? :O” And they freak out ^^ It’s an interesting morality set. The good Muslims wouldn’t be stealing, but the marginal ones would be afraid of Allah if you called his vengeance upon them, hehe.
Lol no, I meant that the landscape around the city is sounds really beautiful.
But, I’m glad that the corrupt officials and the mafia didn’t target you. I know in a lot of countries, foreigners are targeted by pick pockets and other small thieves, so it’s good that you were safe.
Must’ve been a great experience! I’d honestly love to hear more but it’s pretty late over here and I’ve got to get up early tomorrow, so maybe we can pick up where we leave off tonight, some other time?
It actually wasn’t too bad. The mafia left us alone, they didn’t really care much. The police and military mostly leave foreigners alone. And the government is like most governments everywhere, so busy with other things it can’t specifically harm people.
Not originally. My parents moved there to be missionaries for ten years, and so I moved there while fairly young and then back here about 7 years ago ^^
Oh yes, it was quite amazing. There were mountains on about three sides of the city, which make it quite beautiful. Also, I do enjoy the mountains so I liked the chance to go hiking in such picturesque places.
Lol, yeah. The army was like the police that was like the politicians that was like the mafia. There were basically four groups of corrupt power involved ^^
Oh yes, that British comedian who filmed his movie somewhere else =P
Actually, not very cold. It’s mostly an arid place, fairly dry. I lived in the mountains, so the storms would come along and collide with it, causing it to rain there. So it was about what I’d consider average rainfall. Though, there was only wind when there was going to be rain ^^
I liked it, it was a nice enough place. Though it was fairly corrupt while I lived there.
Vermont is an ecclectic mix and highly tolerant of differences. We took in many of the Lost Boys of Sudan and helped them to assimilate into our communities. Many of them now own their own homes and are quite happy to be here…raising families of their own now. :)
It’s quite easy to find work here. There are many farms - dairy, berry, veggie and many apiarists. Defense plants, manufacturing, etc.
I have never attended a nude event and (whew!) have never seen naked people in the streets/parks. The college students (Middlebury) have a naked run each year but I stay away from that also. I don’t know the attraction but then I am not a nudist. :)
Some claim they want to feel one with nature and there are hiking/biking clubs for supporters. I do believe in live and let live but I would like them to consider that children are being exposed to what can confuse them at too early an age to process what they see.
From what I understand, cannibis is not technically legal in the Netherlands but there is no active enforcement so it might as well be. :)
Vermont has been named one of the healthiest and happiest places in the US. It’s also one of the highest taxed. :P
Where have you been in the US? New England (NorthEastern US) is worth a visit for many reasons. :)
I have to agree with everything you have said, my friend. I know it’s all valid…sadly.
Here in my home state of Vermont/USA, it’s legal to be naked in public. There are naked bike riding events through the state capitol. People can relax in the town parks sans clothing.
Don’t worry about the long rant. :) I can go on and on and on…
Adults are not providing proper guidance for young people; too many are setting a horrible example. There is too much unsupervised time on the internet where there are many temptations and influences. There is too much time home alone as both parents work to support a materialistic lifestyle.
I am very fortunate as the parent of an adult daughter. She has made very wise choices for herself. She is anti-alcohol/drugs/smoking and she doesn’t party or hang out. I know where she is when the day ends. I’m not waiting up to know she is okay.
You know, even when our kids make the right choices, there is no guarantee they will not cross paths with some thug(s) who will violate them somehow. :/
It’s a tough world in many ways and getting tougher.
Your comment about those who refuse to take a position of authority reminds me of an old saying about voting for the guy who doesn’t want the job because anyone too eager to have the job probably wants it for all the wrong reasons.
I think much of the violence and social unrest at the bottom is indicative of the corruption at the top. So many world leaders are pocketing foreign aid and bribes to the tune of billions of $$. How can any government even admit to not being able to account for BILLIONS of $$?? But it’s happening more and more as the little guy is left to deal with the consequences of mass corruption.
See? You’re not the only one who can rant on and on.. lols. :D)
heya dear friend, thank you for your amazing support on my posts… there seems to be an “operation palestine” meeting here http://irc.lc/anonops/oppalestine at 10pm GMT tonight, please feel free to join if you feel that might interest you :)