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Day 11 – Riga
Cheryl wakes me from a sound sleep at 7:45am. Normally I would have woken around 4-5am so I must certainly be getting used to the time zone. Breakfast in the main restaurant where we prefer to dine, closes at 9am, so we get showered and head off to the start of another pleasant day.
The boat docks at noon as planned and the ship anchors a short 10 minute walk from the centre of the city. Although there is a ...
... trail, so I was able to include some new experiences.
... they started using euros at the beginning of this year (even though they joined the EU a decade ago). It's in Eastern European time zone, so one hour ahead of Sweden. The weather was... freezing and grey! But what else is new. The city was quite sparse and man, it made Stockholm seem sooo ethnically diverse. I saw like one Asian person and zero brown/black people all day. But people seemed quite friendly! Especially the young people when they heard us speak English :) ...
... who was suspected of helping the Nazis. Mass exportations to Siberia continued to gulags all over Russia where they were forced to do hard labour and excruciating conditions. And unbelievable number died. After Stalin's death in 1953, many Latvians were allowed to return home but weren't allowed to return to their former homes or live within 100km of Riga. Meanwhile, the Soviets did was Soviets did best, and collectivised all the farms and industry, persecuting ...
... s basically mastered everything except for two scary corners on Vanšu (Erasmus) Bridge.
So now that I had my very own Dutch Bike, had found the best routes to work, home, and the supermarket, and had learned to avoid the Old Town whenever remotely possible, new problems presented themselves.
First off: parking. You might remember that I live on the sixth (or fifth by Dutch ...