Day 2

http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~ina22/+301/$301-text-Latvian%20Power%20Bunker.html

Today we experienced a “flash back” into Latvian history under Soviet occupation.  We visited the Soviet underground bunkers, about 2 hour’s drive outside of Riga.  It’s amazing for me to think that when I was in Italy playing basketball in 1982, the Soviets were building this bunker so their leaders would escape a possible nuclear attack by the United States.

It is a stark reminder that we need to pray for our countries leaders.  The lives and livelihoods of so many are in the hands of those few who have been placed in positions of leadership, either by force or by democratic process.

Latvia declared their independence from Russia in 1991, so freedom is fresh in their history.  I pray they would continue to enjoy their freedom.  I also pray that we in the United States would not take ours for granted.  Pray for our leaders!

1Ti 2:1-4 1 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

Carol

Currently used as a rehabilation center this building was originally built as a resort for Soviet leaders.  No one knew about the secret underground bunker or questioned the odd placement of green cylinders around the property.  The green cylinders were fresh air intakes for the bunker.
Currently used as a rehabilation center this building was originally built as a resort for Soviet leaders. No one knew about the secret bunker located nine meters underground. Neither did they questioned the odd placement of green cylinders around the property. The green cylinders were fresh air intakes for the bunker.
Well, this wasn't actually the hotline to the Kremlin but we did see the real one.  We just were'nt able to play with it because it's actually a working line.
Well, this wasn’t actually the hotline to the Kremlin but we did see the real one. We just were’nt able to play with it because it’s actually a working line.
Soviet bunker lunch. It wasn’t very colorful but it was tasty.
Instructions on how to dress in case of nuclear attach. Just in case you wanted to know.
I passed gas... mask exam.
I passed gas… mask exam.
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