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Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga July 5th 2008

After much toing and froing and some travelling and a short plan flight we managed to get ourselves from Bratislava in Slovakia to Riga in Latvia. Riga has some good and bad reputation the good is that it is an awesome place to visit with a great old town full of old buildings and is realy small so you can see it all just by wandering around for a few hours. The bad is that with the advent of cheap airlines it has become a major port of call for Bucks/stag nights and hen night from all over Europe who are only interested in getting drunk and making a mess of what otherwise would be one of the best cities to visit in Europe. We arrived and quickly headed out to discover what surely has to ... read more
Latvian Freedom monument
City Moat
Bridge of locks

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga July 4th 2008

Hey everyone, since our last entry there have been many exciting events. After leaving Carl in Skovde we took the train to Goteburg and did the usual touristy boat rides, sightseeing things. There is a massive zoo in the center of town with a zoo, animal rides, patios and a frisbee gold course that jord gave dave a free lesson on. The operater even told him, and this is a direct quote, "You should keep playing, maybe one day you could be Canadian world champion." Dream big folks. After seeing three cities in Sweden we have reached a few conclusions, 1) Half of the cities are parks 2) Swedish moms must get government grants to hit the gym after they have their kids and 3) if you're friendly in bars you could end up having rows ... read more

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

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

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