Visiting Herder’s Riga

Friday April 13th, I (Lene) spoke about the future at an event organized by the Latvian Ministry of Transportation.

Arriving Thursday, I used the opportunity to explore Herder’s Riga; this is where he wrote his early books, among them the one about Thomas Abbt, and where he became a Freemason.

I found one bust, the cathedral where Herder used to work and an insignificant square named Herder Square.

I forgot to take a selfie, sorry about that, but I can tell you this much: it was one of the very earliest days of spring, Riga has some really good restaurants, and their traditional dessert made from boiled rye bread and topped with whipped cream was a culinary experience I had not seen coming.

The Cathedral in Riga where Herder used to work

The organ is from the 1880s but the pulpit may actually have been there in the late 1760s when Herder was a young pastor at the cathedral and worked as a teacher at its high-school.

Rye Bread Dessert

There is a Danish porridge also made from boiled rye bread “øllebrød,” which means “beer bread” since the bread is boiled in sweet beer; I don’t know if this Latvian dessert was also made with beer, it definitely had fruit in it for sweetness. It was a taste of childhood, since I have not had øllebrød since I was around 8 years old.

Maybe øllebrød is the common Baltic denominator?

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