Dikli Palace Hotel
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Again woke up early due to the lack of curtains. I had done most of my packing last night so I only had a few things to gather up before hoisting my pack. I had to check out at the hotel, so on the way there I stopped for a breakfast of banana pancakes, served with a very dark honey and dusted with icing sugar. After checking out at the hotel, I realised I was hideously early for the bus I planned to catch to Cesis, but I hiked to the bus stop anyway hoping to catch an ...
... I am feeling so Latvian! I actually knew a couple of the bands that were performing already! Solveiga's Vecpilsētas Dziedātāji were playing, rock band Dzels Vilks was there with some new orchestra ensemble, and I had also heard of Gaujarts before, though his disinterested singing was utterly disappointing.
++ New discoveries this weekend included Skyforger (Latvian Apocalyptica), Oranžas Brīvdienas (big band party music), Striķis ...
... the jams on my bike and laugh at the motorists.
But taking the bus out of Riga on a Friday evening in Summer is a different story all together. After an hour in a badly A/C'd bus we had only reached Alfa shopping mall, just on the edge of town (to get your bearings: I ride my bike there in 30 minutes..). Luckily, once you leave Rīga rajons, you're in the clear, so another three hours later we were welcomed to Rujiena by Antonia, ...
... daily bus to Rīga which we would be able to catch! So we were stuffed into the back of the van again, and neatly deposited in the sleepy town of Mazsalaca, where we indeed found a bus that dropped us back in Rīga after three long hours.
Quite an adventure!
Luckily, in the meantime our shower had been fixed so I could wash off all the dirt, nurture my mosquito bites and catch up on some sleep before my holiday to Belarus!
Winters in Latvia are supposed to be dark and dreary. Not only because of the cold, the snow and the grumpy faces, but because the Sun only bothers to come up for about six hours per day. No wonder, then, that Summer Solstice - the longest day of the year - is celebrated almost as jubilantly as Christmas!
Now, the official Latvian national holidays are Līgo (23 June) and Jāņi (24 June) (for the terrible suffering of ...