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Those who are working outside-2

Bicycle couriers (or messenger couriers) are the people to whom I feel the most empathy because I have worked a bit in this job as well (not in winter though). This job is hard not only because of harsh physical conditions (they're working in any kinds of weather circumstances, be it 25 degrees below zero, a thunderstorm or ice-crusted ground), but also of psychological - you have to tolerate the stressful atmosphere by ultra-nervous dispatchers, deliver the parcels in time (and sometimes with 3 parcels in your bag at a time), beware of Riga's crazy traffic etc. And if you think these people are earning good money, you are far from truth - especially in this economic crysis time, when even the best couriers earns only about 200-300 lats (400-600 dollars) per month. There are some 5-6 bicycle courier companies in Riga, some of them offers also scooter couriers service which is more appropriate for farther distances throughout the city although they're being done by bicyclists as well (as Riga has rather low density and extensive built-up, it is very expanded in space: 30 km in north-south and 20 km in west-east direction).
The cycle courier in the picture gets especial attention because she is a girl. I think, in one day of January, when the temperature was below minus 20 degrees, it was this girl who was catched on the street and interviewed by Latvian Television news with the question: "How can you work in this temperature??" Notice the advertisement in the right upper corner of the picture - it promote vacations in warm countries. It looks almost like mocking in this context.
Those who are working outside-2 Reviewed by Ikars Kublins on Friday, February 19, 2010 Rating: 5

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