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... get there with our heavy backpacks. Good exercise though.
We again spent most of our time wandering the old towns cobbled streets, which has kind of become our main pastime in the Baltics. Riga has over 700 Art Nouveau buildings and so we spent a while enjoying the architecture and really enjoyed a recreation Art Nouveau flat/museum. Unfortunately, in the evening our plan of ...
... 87 steps to the fourth floor lugging three suitcases, two back packs and various bags of groceries!
How did we ever end up with so much? Well, again, as seems to be the case on every trip, Darlene bought a third (large) suitcase on the road. At first, her full backpack fits into the new suitcase. But within a short time, the backpack goes back on ...
... reserved for those brave souls in safety vests I was talking about earlier.
Safe and sound
Speaking of security; Latvians all seem constantly terrified that somebody is going to steal their bike. How exactly this black market functions is unclear to me, since I was assured that Latvian students would never even consider buying a hot bike. So where do all these stolen bikes disappear to..?
Still, you are not supposed ...
... them but we couldn't understand each other because they were speaking Russian so Liva called her mom and her boyfriend talked to them in Russian to figure out what was going on and meanwhile there another man with them who called his daughter to talk with me but I was confused as to what to say but the woman on the phone told me that her father could bring me to Siauliai but we figured out that the bus was the one that my group was taking. They came later and we headed towards Siauliai.
... up and depart from the Romantika.
If you are ever given the opportunity to go to Riga, please do take it. It will surprise you, and you will have a great time. The city is full of history and beautiful churches and buildings. The food is good, as long as you like goat guts and blood pudding. Only joking, they have some normal food as well, although you really CAN order those things off the menu and eat like a true Latvian.