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"Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did"
After an horrific night in a bad hostel, where the receptionist woke me up at 2am to accuse me of locking an unlocked door, it was time to move on. As we arrived at the 24 hour reception to check out a note informed us that the receptionist would be away for an hour. No mention of when this note was left so what time she'd be back ...
... themed. It was set up to look like a dungeon, especially the downstairs section. Old books, typewriters and apothecary type implements lined the walls; chandeliers hung from the ceilings, each table had a candle lit, and the staff walked around in costume. Yes, an incredibly touristy place, but also really kind of awesome. I pumped some more caffeine in my system to make up for the lack of sleep and set out again.
Just next to the Freedom Monument, there was a giant ...
... instead of 34!) but not exactly the kind of weather we want to be wandering around the streets in. We did do a bit of walking and saw at least the part of the old town (vecriga) close to our hotel. Tomorrow it should be high 50s without rain, so finally we get a warm day!
The main site we saw was the Dome Church. It was pretty majestic. Built in the 13th century by the founder of Riga, Bishop Albert. It has since been repurposed as ...
... the chef use to be the chef to the prime minister. I had a salad and beef pasta, very well presented.
On the second day here it was still cold but less stormy. Katerina and I went to the market warehouses, full of produce and Russians. It is actually great for me since I toured Russia in 2010, I got to use some of my Russian language and know how to act around them. We dropped by a ...
... and from times forgotten have been doing it. Except there was no Commission Charbonneau to give anyone heck.
Riga, like all the other former communist cities, have a lot of old, dilapidated and neglected structures. Must say that the Soviets really did a lot of damage to too many countries during their long occupation since WWII. They took over stately homes from the rich and jammed whole families into houses and apartments. Their philosophy was ...