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... hostel, The Naughty Squirrel. Enroute to hostel, we encountered few Rigans, who were totally drunk at this hour of the day also and one of them even asked me for 5 Euros so that he could buy beer. Hostel was clean and cool. We were offered a shot of Riga's traditional drink called Balsam which Amol politely refused. The shot gave me the much needed warmth. Hunger brought us back to the cold streets of Riga. The girl at the reception had briefed about the city as ...
Add some Latvian herbal tea, chocolates, Balsams, and a movie, and we had a lovely evening in - just like old times!
Pancakes and a Sweat
Sometime during our mushroom hunt, Anna or Lelde or I dropped the word 'pancake'. And so it was quickly decided that we had to take Marianne to Miit for their - by now - internationally famous pancake brunch buffet.
... I crossed the border, and I'm pretty sure I was about to be randomly selected by the Latvian not-so-secret police for a random license check or roadworthy, but I pulled over just before them to take a photo of the sign indicating I was in Latvia. As I did so, they waved someone else over, and they were busy dealing with them as I pulled back out onto the road and quietly passed them. I visited Rundale Palace, which is a famous Baroque building, and sits on a gorgeous ...
... 30 April - is Liana/Liliana/Lilija/Linda Day.
The biggest evil a fresh new parent can thus impart upon their child, is to give their baby a fancy hip name that is not on the Latvian Name Day Calendar. It's like denying your child Christmas. Another big no-no is to give your child a name that will put their Name Day too close to their birthday - you want to spread the parties and gifts evenly around the year, you see! I have even heard of somebody named Ieva that ...
... in order to distinguish herself from everyone else (the one in Warsaw had an orange umbrella).
I wasn't too fussed about the farmers market - when you've seen one big hall that smells fish, you've seen them all. The real highlight for me was the old Russian black market. All these 'markets' can get confusing, so let me be more specific: the farmers market is where you go if you want to buy carrots. The old Russian black market is where you go to ...