Latvia comes to NevisWritten by Curtis Morton
When she mentioned her country of origin, most of the persons close by had never heard of it. ‘LATVIA,’ she said. ‘Where in the world is that?’ That was the logical question.
Ms Andrya Cirule, the lovely visitor to Nevis was quizzed about her country and informed her interested hearers of the following facts:
• Latvia is one of three Baltic States. The others are: Estonia and Lithuania
• Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have been members of both the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization since 2004.
• The Soviet control of the Baltic States was interrupted by Nazi German invasion of this region in 1941. Initially, many Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians considered the Germans as liberators from the Soviet Union. The Balts hoped for the restoration of independence, but instead the Germans established civil administration. During the occupation the Germans carried out discrimination, mass deportations and mass killings generating Baltic resistance movements.
• The German occupation lasted until late 1944 when the countries were reoccupied by the Red Army and Soviet rule was re-established, with the passive agreement of the United States. The population remained anti-Soviet.
• Latvia has an area of 24,937 sq miles and a population of 2,067,887.
The other natural question was ‘How did you learn about this paradise gem and what caused you to want to visit?’
She indicated that she had heard about the island from some Swiss friends who had visited previously and as she did her own personal research, she became more and more curious and wanted to experience the island for herself. She is a lawyer by profession and is an accomplished and accredited Musician. She has also conducted several choirs in her country.
‘Since coming to Nevis, I have found the people here to be warm and friendly and you do have some lovely beaches. Where we come from, the weather is so cold that we can only swim freely for two months in the year—and I love to swim’, she stated.
Andrya has pledged that when she returns to her faraway country, she will tell her friends about this beautiful piece of rock, known as NEVIS.