I have excellent news! I have officially been granted my Latvian Citizenship, which now makes me a dual citizen of Australia, my birth place, and Latvia the birth place of my Father Zig Ozolins.
I am very pleased about being granted this privilege, as it has been a dream of mine to have an EU passport, and be able to access all the amazing benefits of being an EU citizen.
I was born and raised in Perth, so I feel very Australian, but I like to call myself half-Latvian; in respect to my late Father who was a very proud Latvian. He would actually refer to himself as the King of Latvia, in more gregarious obnoxious moments in time, and without any other Latvians around to dispute the fact, it seemed fair enough, even though a slight exaggeration. In my opinion, he was the King in my life.
I dreamed about him last night, my Dad that is. Whenever something really significant happens in my life, my loved ones spirits often come to visit me in my night time adventures. He showed up in a fairly insignificant way, but just his presence made me happy, to know that he is also really pleased for my push to obtain dual citizenship. Finally being able to show the respect and honour my fathers heritage has been a goal of mine for many years. With the opening of the doors on dual citizenship rules, this became possible only recently. I urge other half-latvians and readers of Latvian ancestry to look into the possibility of obtaining your passport, for what is rightfully yours.
I am planning a trip to Latvia this year in June. I am going to go to the Summer Solstice festival and explore more of the country regions including Kuldiga, where I learned only recently where my Grand mother was born.
I am looking forward to learning more about my Latvian heritage, discovering my roots in an authentic way by spending time in this beautiful country. I hope to meet local people and connect with other friends who may also be travelling to Latvia at this time of year.
I am really looking forward to the many amazing photo opportunities I will have and the chance to write extensively about my experience too. I will be taking my laptop and writing as I go like I did on my last mega 9 week trip away. I love to write and reflect on my travels and share it with my readers, I hope you will like it too!
Bring on the cultural insights, country landscapes, city scenes, markets, yummy food, folk songs, interesting designs, friendly stranger, new encounters, pretty jewellery, peirugs, dill anything, pickled anything, and any new interesting experience that comes from travelling.
Yours in dream travel!