After graduating from school, I was sure I wanted to go abroad. My favorite place to go was France. But after some applications for some projects there I recognized that it was not that easy to find a project in France. By hazard, I came in contact with the project of the society Erfolg in Daugavpils in Latvia. It sounded nice, I applied for it and now here I am. But it is not that simple. I have to describe how I came here. So I knew I would go to Latvia. I have never really thought about this country before and all the people I have told my plans asked me: Oh why Latvia? What will you do there? But I was happy and I was curious and excited.
As I arrived at the airport of Riga, there was a man waiting for me keeping up a sheet of paper with my name on it. I felt like in a film. The other volunteer, a French girl, arrived just ten minutes before me at the airport. The man had a kind of hotel where we were accommodated. He and his wife were very friendly. They narrated some aspects of the Latvian culture and history and suggested some places in Riga where we could go the next day.
So the next day, the French girl Amandine and I, we had a wonderful trip to Riga. First of all, we went to the sea in Jurmala which was the best thing we could have done because the weather was very warm and sunny. We also promenaded along the city canal in the park and we saw the old town. As we arrived at our lodging in the evening we were very tired but also very happy. And I had to discover that I got a sunburn. I did not expected that it is so hot in Latvia.
The next day we drove to Daugavpils by bus. About 80 km away from Daugavpils the bus broke down. In the first moment we did not know what was going on. The bus driver said something and mostly all of the passengers debarked. So we thought it was a normal break. But we sat there a little helplessly until I asked the bus driver what happened. He answered: Game over. In two hours to Daugavpils. Ok. We did not know what to do but we tried to phone somebody at the organization that they knew about our situation. At first we did not reach anybody and we were very worried. But after some tries it worked and we could inform them. So we had to wait there at the roadside and after about one and a half hour the next bus to Daugavpils arrived and all of the passengers could get in and found a seat. We could not believe it but finally we arrived in Daugavpils. We were picked up by my mentor and a German girl who is also a volunteer in Erfolg. She presented the city to us and narrated us her experiences in Latvia. Now I am really looking forward to my year in Latvia.