Liepaja city in Latvia. The dark tourism attraction.

“Stars, hide your fires; let not light see my black and deep desires.” I have been really busy with my final thesis, which is why i have not written anything here either. Must graduate! In the beginning of September i went to Latvia to the prison hotel about what i am writing my final thesis. Tourists can spend there a night as a prisoner or take a tour and be treated like a real prisoner. I was researching the motivation for people to do that.  Since it is not a mass tourism destination i did not really meet tourists there with whom to do the tour as a prisoner so i got a private tour around the prison. One of the workers was really nice and showed me around. This prison was not actually a classical prison where people were locked away, but a military prison for soldiers, captains or other, who had done something wrong and needed to become better. For instance, if some soldiers drank alcohol or thought about being with girls they were put there. Then they had to do chores all day long or exercise. The cells were just like a […]

Karosta prison- would you dare?

Hi there! Again long time has passed since i have posted anything. I have been meaning to. I even have had a draft post ready for a while, but got busy with my final thesis and travelling back home to Estonia. Talking about my final work… I am researching a new hotel in Latvia. Namely Karosta prison hotel, which is unique worldwide offering tourists the opportunity to spend a night and get the real soviet time prisoner experience; having no comfort in a cold cell, the guards will be yelling at you and if you misbehave you might be punished with physical exercise or cleaning works. The prison also has a dark history and many people were killed there. Would you be willing to spend a night? If that is too extreme you can also get a few hour tour as a prisoner. They also have some team games there or you can just to sightseeing if everything else is too much for you. So i am researching the motivation for people to visit such a site. Why would anybody want such a crazy experience? If one of you, my dear readers, would be interested, […]