Attacked? You sound like Latvia is not safe place to be in! In countryside? Have you even been there? People in countryside are much smarter and kinder than ones that live in big cities like Riga or Daugavpils!
Honey, compared to Riga or Daugavpils or Kuldiga or wherever you want to name, I’m basically from the countryside. Saldus is tiiiiiiiny, tiny. I know a part of the people living there, yes, but in evenings, when there are hobos walking around or sketchy-looking men or boys, I definitely do not feel safe. I used to study in a school called Striķu pamatskola a few kilometers from Saldus and sometimes used to ride the bike if I wasn’t in a hurry and, boy, if you saw the right people, you definitely wouldn’t feel safe. Sure, if you apply the common stereotype of the average country person, they’re all nice and will greet you in a sweet country accent and give you fresh milk to drink from their cows and whatever, but understand that usually, people are much more stingy and selfish than that. I understand I’m making all this sound really extreme, but that’s just to help get my point across. Yes, I am unnecessarily terrified and suspicious of everything. No, most men or boys or whatever will NOT attack you, but, there are some people that may do so. As I said, although we don’t hear much of it since it’s more or less a common occurrence, assaults do happen. We shouldn’t pretend like they don’t. I’m not trying to scare you into taking a knife or whatnot with you, but I don’t want anyone to get hurt. It’s better to make sure you’re safe and can do something to protect yourself if the situation requires you to do so. “Sargāsi sevi, arī Dieviņš sargās.” Please understand - you are the only one that can make sure that you’re really safe by being cautious and prepared in case something happens.
Hi! My name is Gatis, I live in Riga, Latvia and make my living as a cinematographer so it’s natural for me to have interest in photography. A Canon T70 film camera recently became my buddy to take with on almost every activity including fishing, hiking or simply visiting my parents house at countryside. I don’t consider myself as a portrait photographer, but this guy Juris working for my father has all the values to have great portraits so I use that fact from time to time.