A modern Viking visits Latvia

  • 1998-09-10
  • By Katya Cengel
At the opening of an exhibition in Valmiera devoted to him, Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl reminded the world why he is so admired, as Katya Cengel reports.When Thor Heyerdahl first told Norman Baker that he wanted to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a boat made out of reeds, Baker thought his friend had flipped his lid. But after a four-hour discussion, Baker was convinced the feat could be pulled off, and in 1969, he joined Heyerdahl and six other men on a reed craft called Ra."When we set out, 95 percent of scientists said Thor was wrong. The president of the Papyrus Institute in Egypt said in two...
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