Emils Benders has kindly donated an FK Alberts sweater/shirt to the project. As he handed it over in Riga he also promised to give up smoking until after the World Cup. Now everybody knows Emils - so quit smoking!
The hardest part of most trips is often the goodbyes. In the last couple of days I have moved out of my flat in Riga and said goodbye to my friends in Latvia. Then yesterday I took my lady to the airport, after we got back to the UK, and had a long tearful hug before she flew back to Ireland.
This morning it was my Nan who i shared another tearful hug with as I left her after spending the night at her flat. It all pulls at my insides and leaves me feeling weak and emotional. I need to get the rest of the goodbyes out of the way and get on the road.
Just received word from Olympic Gold Medalist, Maris Strombergs, that he would kindly like to support the project.
Maris won the BMX gold for Latvia in Beijing and is currently the world's top BMX biker. He is based in California.
My lady flew over to Latvia from Ireland yesterday. I hadn't seen her for 6 weeks and I won't see her for considerably longer than that after next week. I am so happy to have her around, even though it's only for a few days. It makes me wonder if I am doing the right thing going through with this crazy project.
It's gonna be very tough being apart for 3 months while I am in Africa.
My last weekend in Latvia before I leave for Africa. Woke up this morning (with the usual sunday Riga hangover) and was struck by the realisation that the Africa adventure begins very soon.
Nice set by Goran Gora last night in Shot Cafe followed by the final Space Garage party before the club is sadly knocked down. The DJs put on a great show and there was a nice crowd in.
Riga boys Ozzy, Neil, Graham and Matt have promised to try and help me as much as possible when I am in Africa.
Jaime (in England) has finished the album, Ala (in Ireland) has done some excellent work on the CD cover design and the 'More than a game' CD is now on its way to itunes, ready for its official release in the next 2 weeks. Some great tunes on there, a couple of which you can grab a listen to by clicking here.
The currently untitled 'T2' is the pick of the bunch for me.