Days Hotel Riga VEF
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The nights in Riga are really getting long now. Today (I'm writing this halfway into December) the Sun officially set at 15:42. And it's not a stretched-out twilight either. Nope. When the Sun sets, it sets properly here in Latvia, and it leaves the city in a deep, pitch black darkness.
I have to be honest: it's quite tempting to take a long, hot shower, get into your pyjamas, watch a movie with some Sinterklaas chocolate, and ...
... is there now. After the cemetery, we made our way back to Old Town and the end of the 3 hour tour. It was a great tour and I was so glad I took it. Antiss did a great job of leading us and letting us know what we were looking at, and the 4 Brits were hilarious. But I tell you what, cycling on cobblestones on a bike with no suspension is a bit rough on the old wedding tackle!
I was starting to feel a bit hungry but in a better mood after the ride, so after ...
... mentioned before, its people.
Despite its obvious drawbacks, from a tourist point of view, the country is easy to travel and is cheap. You can definately see that half of Latvia is determined to embrace change, move ahead ...
... The train starts up and we go about a mile and stop for the Mongolian customs agents. They are much more lax and don't spend near the amount of time on the train as the Russians did. And as soon as the train started moving again, there was the biggest rush to exchange goods back to the original owner that I have ever seen. Merchandise and goods were flying up and down the aisles. We sat on our seats and just didn't move so we wouldn't get knocked ...
... As we passed through the Swedish Gates, the tour guide explained how the Parliament in Latvia functioned. The members are apparently elected every four years and there are at least 40 parties (all seemingly with “new” in the name: New Road, New Era, New Party, etc.). Our tour guide jokingly concluded that for every two Latvians there are three political parties.
The tour ended at a modern monument in the shape of a pyramid dedicated to the freedom from ...