The House of the Benjimins
As I mentioned in an earlier piece, we took a bus from Vilnius to Riga, traveling along, at some points the Black Sea in ice-cold weather. At one point we stopped by the sea just to watch the winter waves pounding the beach.
I recall seeing the so-called "House of the Benjamins," one of the favorite of the area structures, built in 1939, set darkly against the night.
The jazz concert at a large hall, the name of which I can't remember, was excellent that evening. And we were all fascinated by the formal stroll of the Latvian audience, arms around each other's waists as they slowly circle the halls. It was like something out of another era, as if it were a formal dance.
The next leg of our trip was a fascinating journey to Estonia, of which I have already written in My Year 2005.
Los Angeles, September 14, 2010