My name is Gatis Pavils, I am born in 1970. My direct daily work is not closely related to contents of this Website but nonetheless is very interesting and full with challenges. I have studied in several countries, have bachelor's degree in geology and master of sciences degree in environment administration, know three foreign languages.
Since childhood have been fond of studies of unusual places and facts in Latvia and other world. I started to create a database of Latvian nature and culture monuments in 1995 and work at it continues on a regular basis. Currently this database contains information about some 16 000 interesting landmarks in Latvia. I have visited some 5000 and taken pictures of some 3000. For deeper understanding up to possibilities have visited landmarks abroad as well, especially lucky has been a one month long travel in New Zealand, long expedition in gold mining areas of Western Siberia, hiking in Turkmenistan and others.
After learning some basics of Webdesign I have created a website about waterfalls in Latvia and elsewhere in the world for Geological Service of those times - it was long ago and since then there is a lot more to tell about waterfalls. Have created also a Wepage for Latvian Nature Heritage Fund - organisation which unites people who all together know that many interesting and unusual things about Latvia that it can't be told in one's lifetime.
Last years I have spent in especially active travelling and photographing around Latvia, studies of literature and supplementing of the database. There has come the instant when I have collected more than enough material for such Website.
Currently I am busy with another exciting Internet project - website about unusual and interesting sites of the world - Wondermondo - an armchair guide to world attractions.
ⓒ 2009 Gatis Pavils