Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Riga, Latvia (Republikas Laukums 3)

My top priority this morning was to prepare the estate mailing to our attorney. What I thought would be a 15 minute exercise turned out to take 90 minutes. These were the last checks I would need to write and the disbursements to my cousins Donna and Mary Kay were the most important. I wanted to make sure I got it right, along with the other two checks I wrote. The goal is to make sure the estate account has a zero balance (or close to it) when I’m done.

Once I was satisfied with the email to the attorney and checks I left the flat to go mail the envelop. I assured the attorney that it would be okay to send the checks via first class from Latvia, though as I approached the post office I started to doubt my decision. But I’ve had no problem with anything I’ve mailed from any country so had to have faith that this mailing would be okay as well. I asked the post office clerk how long it would take to reach the U.S. and she said in a Latvia accent, “It could take a week (pause) or it could take a month. This isn’t Europe.” Then she smiled. By “Europe” perhaps she was referring to Germany, France and the U.K. Latvia is part of Europe. It was after leaving the post office I started to Google: “Mail delivery time from Latvia to the U.S.”

Not wanting to cook anything at the flat before my flight tomorrow, I ate a late lunch at McDonalds. Then will eat leftovers for dinner later in the evening. My goal, as always, is to not have food that I’d have to toss out. Waste not, want not. When I moved into this flat last week, the refrigerator was empty so I intend to have it in the same state when I leave in the morning.

In the evening I performed my “day before” tasks, mainly washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen. I shouldn’t have much to do in the morning before leaving for the airport at 9:30 a.m.

I’ve been using an app on my phone called “Been”. When I visit a new country I mark it off the list and can see what I have left to visit. It also gives me a percentage visited by continent. After I click that I’ve visited Lithuania, my Europe percentage visited will be at 57%. Though, the European list includes small principalities and states of larger countries. For instance, each of the channel islands, Jersey and Guernsey, have their own line on the list of European countries. By the end of next year I should be a little over 90%. Below is how my countries visited currently looks via “Been”. (I added Lithuania.)

After watching more episodes of “The Flash” I was ready for bed. My alarm is set for 7:30 a.m. and feel good that I’m ready for tomorrow’s trip to Vilnius, Lithuania.

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