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... through, I had wished I chose a simple dessert like my friends, such as the apple pie, or coffee ice cream, but I was glad I could say I at least tried the speciality.
The next day was filled with various meetings throughout the city and some free time again to walk around and do some site-seeing or shopping. For our last night in Riga, we had a farewell dinner sponsored by IES at a typical Latvian restaurant. Although it was a good experience to taste ...
... font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;"># of New beers: 72
# of times we did laundry: 4
#of languages we know how to say Butterfly in: 20
# of holes Amber's sneakers: ...
... to talk to her in Russian and she ended up letting us in. Russian like a boss.
Lastly, we went to a Latvian chocolate factory called "Black Magic", where we were whisked away into a secret chocolate labyrinth to order our desserts. As you can see from the pictures, this place could literally have passed off for Hogwarts - it was filled with potions, chocolates and complete ...
... housed in giant buildings that used to be Zeppelin Hangers. There seemed to be a different hanger for different produce, i.e. one for meat, one for cheese, one for fish etc. Walking a little further on from the markets I came across the Latvian Academy of Sciences, a building built during the Soviet era and whose design resembles the seven sisters in Moscow, indeed a local nickname for the building is “Stalin’s Birthday Cake”.
This morning was cool and dark when I woke up but I was actually glad of that because Tallinn was such a grand experience that I didn't think I could leave. The cold made it easier. So, I got up slowly and packed my suitcase and got myself ready for my next journey.
When I checked out, the receptionist was kind enough to call for a taxi, which arrived promptly in less than 5 minutes. The short ride to the bus station was only about 6 euros and less than 10 ...