Latvia Travel Stories
A cold winter
It has been a while since I've uploaded anything new here. There's a simple explanation for that, not much new has happened. I'm studying a lot and I'm able to say a few sentences now, although I doubt it's very fluent. Good thing though is that I'm learning a lot grammar which gives me a good basis in Russian. From there on I should be able to continue learning new words and applying them correctly. It's still a bit hard to determine whether I'm...

Latvia's Independence day
Latvia’s Independence day was mostly as expected. Although I was extremely surprised that there were so many Latvians. The whole city was crowded and it seemed like they all just came out of nowhere. Apparently this day is very important to them and why shouldn’t it be. After all they’ve been through they definitely earned the right to be independent. The military parade was, let’s say unusual although I did not expect anything else. I suppose it...

Never trust your first impression
Riga is definitely a beautiful city. Well that’s actually what any foreigner would say if he had not seen the suburbs. I’ve been to some of the suburbs yesterday and it was as if the Soviet era never ended. It's hard to express exactly how it was, I guess I'll just have to get used to these suburbs since I doubt it'll be any different in Russia. It's just very different from what I'm used to although it has it's charms as well. It'll just take so...

First days
First a story that I wrote while being on the plane: What my first impression was of Eastern-European people was that they were disrespectful and did not much care about their surroundings. However when I waited for my flight to Riga in Prague I came up with another way to look at it. When the boarding started most people didn't get up to get in line. In most European country's you would see people waiting in the line even though the plane would...

Day 6
Had to get a bus from Tartu to Parnu in order to get to Riga, which meant a six hour wait in a little resort town where normally you'd only want to spend an hour walking to the beach and back. It was either that or get a 6am bus direct to Riga... so can't complain really. Anyway, Latvia appears to have stolen all of the 'green' from Estonia, as all of a sudden there was grass & moss instead of dusty earth & waterlogged trees. We were also tr...

Last Stop Art Nouveau
From the Indonesean Rupiah to the Thai Baht to the Chinese Yuan, we've converted many a dollar during this trip, but never have I have I walked into a currency exchange with 40USD and left with two bills and five coins: 17 Latvian Lats. Latvia is touted as a value destination, but I must be shopping at the wrong bakeries and grocery stores. London or Hong Kong it is not, but nor is it Saigon or Warsaw, even. Fortunately one of the greatest ple...

Get the Sun Tan Lotion out???!!!
Woke up with one thing on my mind, sand, sun and beer! I was heading to Jurmala! Had my first cold shower of the trip in my Midget shower... hell, started chatting to a guy from Newcastle called Tom while packing speedo's who had the same idea so we went off together! stopped off at the market to pick up some fodder then headed for the train station... well! never seen trains like it! Virgin Pendolino but 2 times the size, it's not as if it was 2...

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