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... got to the city center. We passed the beautiful new library on a gorgeous bridge, right into the heart of the city.
I was still very nervous because I noticed that things were in Russian before English, and I thought that I would have a hard time speaking in English. What helped a lot was hearing A LOT of people speaking in Finnish, so I knew that I had a back up language in case English wasn't working. There was a Finnish lady in a store who ...
First of, on 11 November we celebrated Lāčplēša Diena (Bearslayer Day). I've told you about Lāčplēsis, right? No? Long story short: he killed a bear, had a fatal weak spot (his ears), saved the kingdom, then was attacked by an evil German Black Night, together they tumbled off the cliffs, and he is still fighting for Latvia's freedom somewhere in ...
All in all, my 2nd day in Riga was quite a bit better than the first. Helped by the twin facts of me not being so sleep deprived and the fact that a majority of the tourists had left. There was a remarkable drop in the number of people around. My opinion of the city grew after today. I think I would've liked to have experienced it during the week when there would be even less tourists around. But tomorrow I'm moving on to the Latvian countryside. Can't wait!
... and have it shipped by train to Riga (thank you Luis!).
Rattled to bits
Which was no time too soon, because my temporary bike had to be returned to my colleague Madara in May. And I also managed to pretty much wreck it, bashing it over the cobblestones in Vecriga (sorry Madara!). I'm not kidding. The poor bicycle literally rattled apart; the bagagedrager became unstuck, and I actually lost part of my spatbord. ...