Jurmala, Latvia - 2009

This page presents initial efforts to document my trip to Jurmala, Latvia in September, 2009 to attend the Inforum World Conference XVII, and also my brief visit to Lithuania. See the page on the Inforum site for details of the conference, including most of the papers presented and accompanying materials. There you will find my paper "A Software Development Summary for the 2009 Inforum World Conference," accompanying slides, and slides for my second presentation, "The Economic Impacts of 9/11." The first presentation summarized recent work on G7, the regression and data processing tool developed at Inforum, documentation, and web site development. I also presented recent work published by Jeff Werling and me on the economic impacts of terrorist attacts. In addition to presenting the findings of the study, we also discussed the modeling approach taken in the study, noting the similarity to other studies. Jeff and I plan to summarize the material on industry impact studies for publication in the conference proceedings.

For Inforum partners, please also check our SFTP server under /Conferences/2009. There you will find the information distributed by CD at the conference, together with updated papers and pictures.

Sunday in Jurmala

Checking into the Lielupe Hotel in the resort town of Jurmala, which is 20 km from downtown Riga on the Riga gulf.


Monday in Jurmala


Tuesday in Jurmala


Wednesday in Riga

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia, situated on the mouth of the Daugava.



Saturday in Latvia



Sunday in Riga



Monday in Jurmala and Riga



Leaving Jurmala: Train to Riga, then Bus to Šiauliai, Lithuania

On Tuesday, we traveled by train back to Riga, then took a bus south to Šiauliai, the fourth largest city in Lithuania. After checking in, we took a cab to the Hill of Crosses.

Wednesday: Šiauliai to Vilnius

On Wednesday, we got back on the bus and headed to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania and its largest city. In the afternoon, we toured the Museum of Genocide Victims, located in the former KGB headquarters. The museum is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting documents relating to the 50-year occupation of Lithuania by the Soviet Union , the Lithuanian resistance , and the victims of the arrests, deportations, and executions that took place during this period. Over 1,000 prisoners were executed in the basement between 1944 and the early 1960s, according to Wikipedia. We spent the rest of the day walking around the city and visiting cathedrals and other sites. Near the end of our day, we visited the Gate of Dawn, built between 1503 and 1522 as a part of defensive fortifications for the city and and an object of veneration for both Roman Catholic and Orthodox pilgrims, and had dinner at a street-side restaurant down the hill from the city gate.


Thursday: Trakai and Vilnius

On our last day in eastern Europe, we took a bus to the town of Trakai. We walked from the bus station through the town, which sits between two lakes. We passed two cathedrals and the Karaim community, where the Karaim faith has been practiced since settlers relocated from the Crimea in 1392. After passing the ruins of a large castle, we arrived at our destination: the Trakai Island Castle. It was well worth the effort. After returning to Vilnius, we had a late dinner at a very old and beautiful restaurant.

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