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Originally posted by TupacShakur
reply to post by archasama
From an unbiased perspective, what do you think about the current state of America? The economy, war/drug war, politicians, mainstream media, culture, and so on.
Originally posted by PrinceDreamer
Why are Latvian women so greedy and manipulative?
Sorry bad experience with my last GF
Welcome to ATS, how are things in Latvia now? I know you had some serious unemployment issues over there and things were quite bad for a time but not sure how they are now?
Originally posted by Klassified
This may seem like an odd question, but do Latvians know who Edward Leedskalnin is? And that he built an enigma in America called Coral Castle?
I guess I'm curious to see if he is just an obscure figure there. Or if there is an acknowledgement of his accomplishment.
Welcome to ATS, BTW.edit on 6/30/2011 by Klassified because: ETA
Monument in Bernotai, Lithuania
After a re-estimation of the boundaries of the continent of Europe in 1989, Jean-George Affholder, a scientist at the Institut Géographique National (French National Geographic Institute) determined that the Geographic Centre of Europe is located at 54°54′N 25°19′E. The method used for calculating this point was that of the centre of gravity of the geometrical figure of Europe. This point is located in Lithuania, specifically 26 kilometres (16 miles) north of its capital city, Vilnius, near the village of Purnuškės. A monument, composed by the sculptor Gediminas Jokūbonis and consisting of a column of white granite surmounted by a crown of stars, was erected at the location in 2004. An area of woods and fields surrounding the geographic centre point and including Lake Girija, Bernotai Hill, and an old burial ground, was set aside as a reserve in 1992. The State Tourism Department at the Ministry of Economy of Lithuania has classified the Geographic Centre monument and its reserve as a tourist attraction. This location is the only one listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the geographical centre of Europe. SOURCE
Originally posted by benevolent tyrant
reply to post by archasama
I think it's amazing that so many people really do not know about Baltic history. In fact, it's amazing that many Europeans don't even know about Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Many don't even know that these Baltic States are members of the EU or NATO!
Linguistically, Latvian and Lithuanian are two of the most archaic languages still spoken today. The Latvian and Lithuanian languages are most closely related to Sanskrit than any other living language. Those who study languages are keen to study our respective Baltic languages because of their archaic forms.
I knew of snippets of the history of the area eg: the Hanseatic league etc etc I just wished to get a view of more modern history from the horses mouth so to speak.