BEST Hotel Riga
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
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- Free parking
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... median age of 62. The last time I played bingo was on an overnight bus in Peru... I got a line and yelled BINGO! And got up with a shriek, bowed and waved at everyone, and made my way to the front.. Only to find out it was a blackout bingo (gotta have every square filled) and had to do a walk of shame back. So this time around, I was determined to get all the rules down. It helped the MC went over them in English (in addition to Latvian and English). Each card had ...
... the tourist information centre in Town Hall Square, I grabbed some city maps and some info on city bike tours. If you are ever travelling, I highly recommend the "Maps by Locals" maps. They are chock full of information about what to see, where to eat and/or drink and provide options for those on a budget.
I decided to go on a bike tour of the city but it only started at 3pm so I had a few hours to kill. I headed back to Town Hall Square to have a look at ...
... to death or moved to working camps in Soviet communal camps or Nazi factories. It was never a happy ending during these years and the Latvians have only just started to get back on their feet.
Exploring Latvia’s past gave me more insight into their current social behaviours and culture, because of all the people movements to different areas of the old Soviet Union and Germany during the occupation days, Latvia has ended up with a bicultural society of almost ...
... a train. In the winter, forget it. On the train from Moscow to Minsk, I could see some blowing snow at one point but then the windows were so dirty, I never could tell for sure what was outside.
One good point about being an American traveling on a foreign train is that the customs people usually leave you alone OR maybe I look like a harmless old lady. Luckily I have never taken up the art of smuggling but maybe I should? Between ...
... built a house directly opposite with a black cat statute on the gable that had its backside pointed at the guild house. The guild sued for the man to turn the cat, but the only way to change it was to accept the man into the guild.
We passed an old pharmacy that sold Riga Black Balsam (or Rigaer Kunzens Krauter-Balsam). It is apparently some sort of herbal liqueur only served in dark brown balsamic bottles and made up of approximately 45% alcohol. Legend has it ...