|Mēness – (Moon) was the god of the moon and war. According to beliefs and national songs, he was one of the suitors of Saules meitas ("The Daughters of Sun"). Mēness counted the stars and determined that Auseklis was missing, and stole Auseklis' bride. He was usually a rival of Saule, the Sun, his wife who sheared him in pieces after discovering his adultery. -- Wikipedia, "Latvian Mythology"
After our shopping trip, we drop our train snacks off at our hotel, and then ride our bikes (have I said enough times what a great idea it was to rent them??) back to the convention hotel, where we do the buffet lunch again. They change it up every day and it's been great each time. Then we have some time to kill before I have to do the poster presentation, so we studied our maps and decided to hit up as many places in Old Town as we could that we hadn't yet visited. On our bikes, this was pretty easy and we covered a lot, as you'll see in the pictures. We also visited Albert Street, which was famous for its concentration of Art Nouveau architecture. It's a pretty short street, and it was cool, but there are PLENTY of amazing examples of this architecture all over town if you just look!
So today's encounter with Latvian spirits happened while we were visiting the Powder Tower. This tower is in front of the Museum of War, and while we were taking pictures of it, the wind was blowing in such a way as to create a rippling effect in the leaves of the ivy that grew on the tower. It was REALLY weird looking, and I'm sorry there was no way to capture it on film. So you decide: was it just the wind, or was it Mēness the war god saying hello?