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... several times. It, thus, exhibits a mixture of Roman, early Gothic and Baroque architectural styles. After Lunch at Hesburger, we rushed to our hostel, took our bags and headed towards Bus Station. From the bus station, we could notice five huge airplane hangars which has now been converted to Central Market which is one of the largest and oldest markets for various items from clothes to flowers. Feeling satisfied for not having misunderstood this beautiful city, we left for ...
... somebody to take with me to a kiosk to buy the latest issue of The Baltic Times, and share my debut in the Baltic media!
I had planned a very full and very typically Latvian weekend for Marianne - so full that we had to skip going to the swamp to enjoy the Autumn colours (so that one's still on my bucket list!).
For Saturday, Anna and I had booked our native ...
... into the parklands and Old Town to see choral groups performing. One group of Chinese children used a room off the hotel lobby to practise. Near the canal and in the Old Town buskers were everywhere: girls in a string quartet, a lone trombone player, a jazz group a guitarist and zither player. There seemed to be many young Latvians enjoying life in the city. Choral groups wandered around in colourful costume. This is a lively city. It ...
... true that all American life happens in the basement - which we understood to mean parties. So yes.
Toms told us a lot of the history of the city and the country. It is, perhaps not unsurprisingly, quite similar to Tallinn. Pre-1200, the area was populated by small tribes of people known as the Livs. Then the German crusaders showed up to Christianize the area by sword and fire, and Bishop Albert founded the city of Riga in 1201. It was ...
... from my colleagues and new friends, I simply had to visit the Kalnciema Tirgus, a small farmer's market close to my office. We enjoyed a lovely second breakfast consisting of biespiens (hüttenkäse) cake and walnut-shaped caramel cookies. And we ran into some friends of Anna's (jay! I know people!).
We spent the rest of the afternoon admiring some lovely Chruschov-era apartment buildings and dilapidated Latvian-style wooden houses, and paid ...