From Riga to Beijing is the story of a more than 7-month long journey by Latvian actress Ilona Balode and musician Rolands Ūdris that took them from Latvia’s capital of Riga all the way to Beijing. The trip was rather unconventional for them – Balode and Ūdris went without any sort of savings, relying on luck, people’s goodwill and perseverance. During that time they lived both like vagabonds as well as kings – they saw the life of musicians playing on the street and in clubs, and slept in hotels, parks, train stations and on beaches. They met people from all walks of life, saw the contradictions of the Caucasus, the wonders of the Muslim world, the peculiarities of the Hindus, the hospitality of Pakistan, as well as the pluses and minuses of China’s socialism.
The book contains the tender, funny and at times unbelievable experiences they had in 16 countries they visited during their journey: Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, and China.
Contacts: Mrs. Bārbala Simsone, email@example.com www.zvaigzne.lv