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Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga July 2nd 2008

Hola queridos amigos tiempos sin escribirles pero bueno esta vez me desquitare, el blog de esta quincena se dividirá en dos partes la primera parte el viaje que hice a Riga en Latvia y la segunda parte el viaje que hice a Estocolmo y Upsala en Suecia, bueno la verdad que tuvimos un fin de semana largo en Lituania y con los compañeros del apartamento decidimos emprender una nueva aventura claro estas aventuras son algo planeadas porque hay que hacer varias cosas por lo menos un mes antes, lo primero es buscar la oportunidad (fin de semana largo) segundo ahorrar para el viaje, tercero reservar los tiquetes del bus, tren o avión y hostel con tiempo, cuarto empezar a buscar mapas y definir a que sitio que se quiere ir cuando se esta allá además de ... read more
casa de Blackheads
casa de Blackheads
El gran y pequeño gremio

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga June 28th 2008

OK, so went out with about 10 people last night to some beer garden where the beers were only 1 Lat. That is as good as it gets here--which is about $2.20, but they are very big. Had a lot of them and watched the stag parties going crazy with drinking games. We also met some Latvian girls who were fairly interesting--just very different culture to say the least. I never met the lady from Maine for dinner, just had some Russian dumplings at the beer garden--and more coming home at 2:30am. Good and cheap. That is real Russian food there--filling and meat and/or veggies inside. Got some different kinds, but who knows what was inside. Will be back two more times today I am sure. Well, like I said, should have only done 2 nights ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga June 27th 2008

OK, so I took the long cab ride into the Old Town of Riga. Pretty easy to find the hostel--Argonaut Hostel. On the way, saw lots of Soviet-style buildings, many with spraypaint all over them. The nightlife around this part of the Old Town seems to be really good, but I got in and showered and went to bed pretty soon. It was past 1:30am when I tried to hit the sack. Not a great night of sleep--but interesting. 10 beds in my room and I was on an upper bunk. 2 guys were sleeping already and the other people slowly came in--some making noise!. I got up this am 1st of course--at about 7:45. Just checking the computer and heading out to see the city early. Their money is actually worth more than ours and ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga June 27th 2008

OK, so I thought it would take all day to see the sights in the Old City, but nope. First grabbed an omelet and got an espresso in a nice little pub. Then, I took some advice and made the first elevator up to the top of St. Peter's Churhc and was the only one up on top of the tower. Great view of the whole city, but cold and windy up there. When I went down, the line was so long for the next rides up. Pretty cool to have the whole top of the tower to myself. Next I went to the Freedom Monument. Marks Latvia's independence in the early 1900's. It was illegal to put flowers near it during the Soviet occupation though. Now it is a symbol of their independence again. Was ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga June 26th 2008

Hello, After the miserable night bus ride, we arrived in Vilnius, Lithuania. Night busses are the bane of our existance, but sometimes they are out of necessity as was mentioned in the lat blog post. We arrived in Vilnius around 6am, and we trudged over to our hostel which was called the VB Sleep Inn. The hostel is essentially an overgrown house where you have to take your shoes off at the door and everyone hangs out and talks to each other. It was a great atmosphere. We dropped off our luggage and started walking around Vilnius which is supposed to have the largest Old Town in Eastern Europe. All of it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This trip feels a bit like a UNESCO tour! Unfortunatly, we arrived there during the aftermath of the ... read more

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Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga June 11th 2008

Pictures of Latvia , shot since 2002 - 2006. Also few from Cesis and the surroundings. Born in Latvia, but not living there anymore, I still go to Latvia at least once a year every year since 2002 and witness positive things but negative ones as well. This page shows the beautiful side of Latvia.... read more
narrow streets of Riga
under the blue skies
for fatherland and freedom again

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga June 3rd 2008

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga May 30th 2008

Prior to easter 2005, I was searching for a destination for a European city break which would provide a travel experience to a relatively-unknown city on a favourable budget, and came up with the idea of visiting Tallinn, in Estonia, where I spent 4 inspiring days over easter of that year. After that enjoyable trip, I vowed to return to the region in order to check out the rest of what the Baltic States had to offer, and the next port of call was the Latvian capital city, Riga. By and large, Riga is considered to be Baltic States' main hub of activity, and upon arrival, a few brief glances around the cityscape in downtown Riga revealed hints of what treats the city had in store. Pre-departure background reading about the destination enabled me to gain ... read more
Art Nouveau building
Lunch
House of the Blackheads

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga May 18th 2008

Hi guys, Another blog entry since we have free (albiet very slow and unreliable) internet access at our guesthouse here in Riga. I thought Vilinus in Lithuania was beautiful, well Riga is even more so. The buildings and architecture here are totally amazing. They are definitley restoring the city to its former glory, the communists really did not do much to enhance the beauty of the place. We arrived yesterday to find it was some sort of special festival for the beginning of summer with music and stalls etc. This weekend was also museum weekend, once a year when all the museums are free - fab! It has been particularly useful today as it has been grey and a bit wet. Such a change after over 2 weeks of glorious sun. In Vilinus, and now here ... read more
hill of crosses
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