After arriving in the city, we first had a short tour around the city. It’s a small but nice city on the southern coast of Latvia.
The most interesting building of it is the church. We decided to take a tour of it and climb the tower to take a panoramic view of the city. Well we almost got a panoramic view of the whole country, as you can see really far, because it is a total flat-terrain country.
Our Bus than drove us to the Karosta Prison Area. It’s a huge complex of a living area, for the prison employees and soldiers, a huge defense system for the former outside western border of The Soviet Union and the most guarded prisons in the world.
The ampartment building area looks terrible today. Well, maybe even in it’s best times, it wasn’t some landmark area. Now it’s just this huge abandoned blocks of concrete, standing the tests of time.
But in every place you can find some truly amazing beauty. In the center of this area is a magnificent Russian Cathedral. In the best days of this area it was used for social gatherings and even as a movie theater, for the soldiers, employees of the prison and their families.
We arrived to our meeting point to play a team building spy game: “Escape from the U.S.S.R.” This prison is already over 100 years old. In the operating day of the prison no-one managed to escape. And it’s the only such high security military prison in the world.
The game was quite serious as there were a lot of Soviet guards paroling the area. We had a map and our task list to accomplish our mission and meet our friend’s escape boat at the sea to escape from the grasp of the Soviets.
We had a lot of obstacles on our way. Runing fastly trough the open areas, crawling in the tight, dark channels of abandoned defense structures, climbing the tree structures, using gas masks and night vision goggles and for the finish wire-sliding over a small river to reach to coast of freedom.
After every one escaped from the Soviet Grasp, we enjoyed our freedom on the beach while the sun was sinking into the Baltic sea . . .
And than took a satisfied, relaxing walk back to the bus. Was a really fun game to play and it was just a breathtaking enviroment. The good side of this military base being here for more than 100 years is that the natural enviroment is almost untouched. If you don’t mind the military structures.
We went to have dinner at a restaurant and than to the hostel to get ready to have a great erasmus party with people form all corners of Europe. Was a really amazing party till the morning. Really nice people.
The next day on Sunday . . . all we were able to do is get our selves somehow to the beach and just enjoy a beautiful warm sunny day in the north of Europe at the end of September. It was also the first time for me to swim in the northern Baltic Sea. Was just a perfect day, perfect weekend, with perfect company of relaxed, good-hearted people.
A day full of fun and laughter.
Love this day.