Though I suppose my experience may have differed somewhat from the Olympians'.
*******You see, the weekend before, Thor, Jerilyn, Sarah and I rented a car and made the trip to Sigulda to see the bobsled track for ourselves. Upon arrival we became privy to the effects of "luge inflation"--a.k.a. "screw the tourists." As a result of these effects, there were two models we could choose from: the "real" bobsled, or the... luxury model. For 21 Lats less ($45 CDN), we could take the, well,
*******But one does not travel to Latvia for one minute and nine seconds (unless one does). No, we stayed the night and saw what had to be seen! And actually, our lodgings turned out to be just as cool as the bobsled track.
Get Thor to tell you sometime about his first experience with this hostel, and I promise you will come away with a sense of harrowing dread. The story includes--not a word of a lie--a stormy night, a power outage, a cablecar, an axe-wielding groundskeeper, children screaming, and an open steel door with signs reading "QUARANTINE." During the day, however--and for the duration of our trip--things are much more serene. In fact, at first glance, you likely wouldn't think "hostel":Krimulda baronial estate provides long-term clinical care for children, in addition to housing paying guests for cheap. What this meant for us was a wonderful stay, with a beautiful view over the valley, and a hearty breakfast which we shared with the other inhabitants. A plucky bunch, it must be said, with some of them mighty fast on their crutches:1206), and the birthplace of the Latvian flag.
*******Another fine adventure had on a bit (okay, a lot) of penny-scraping and some canny interneting--a short weekend long on good times. We stopped by the Latvian cities of Jurmala and Leipaja on the way home, and generally had ourselves a grand old time eating pepperoni and stopping by the odd makeshift, backwoods snow-rally. And that was pretty much it.
Oh yeah, and we went to Estonia for supper. I'm not exactly sure *why* we're holding up mustard, a gravy cup, and a coaster with the Estonian, Spanish, and Latvian translations of important phrases including "Would those lovely ladies at the table over there like to join us?", but we are. Enough said.