Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Of Kurzeme

Are foreign place names really all that funny? Well, certain members of the Embassy community here get no small amount of amusement from the city in Latvia called "Madona." I think they are a single "n" away from a true tourism bonanza. They could alter the name slightly and become the Latvian Ciccone Graceland, perhaps. As it stands, they are stuck with a few random characters such as your correspondents, who were taken to the country just outside Madona by a local guide to see an unusual spectacle which will be described in this space shortly. For now, a sign that I assure you is not a protest against the one-time Material Girl's current string of forgettable albums, but a notice to drivers that they are leaving the town limits.

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