They say the apple does not fall far from the tree. So, I look at the man, and then the son with a shared passion for extreme sports and more. Does the idiom fall true? This issue, XTORK meets Latvian Hydraulic Engineer, Jurgis, and his son, Jurgis.
There is neither a junior nor a senior. They are but two generations of Jurgis Blumbergs. “I had thought of other names, but why not the same name as mine?” He stiffens his neck as if to somehow keep his ponytailed blonde and grey hair from his nape. The father and son sits next to one another, a bar stool that they pulled together. They then face me and share their story as if it was not out of the ordinary.
Jurgis, the father, has served for two years in the army from when he was fifteen. “I was picked up from school, and sent a few thousand kilometers from home with no possibility of coming back.” From the said experience, he says to have picked up a valuable life experience. “I learned how to relate better to people, to identify who your friends truly are. Some people disappear in trouble.”
Although expatriates like many of us, the Blumbergs see Qatar as their home. Between stories told by the kid, he would say “kalas” in ending them. They express their hopes in the development of extreme sports in the country. “If I have to go to my friends house, it would be great if I could go on a longboard,” says the kid. “There are sidewalks, but with cars parked on them. It is not really impossible to walk or ride the bicycle to the office, but it’s dangerous,” the dad expounds. The Blumbergs hope that more skate parks and climbing walls are in the country. As the kid puts it, “I hope they make stuff more accessible,” he says. Kalas.
THERE IS NEITHER A JUNIOR NOR A SENIOR. THEY ARE BUT TWO GENERATIONS OF JURGIS BLUMBERGS!