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... above (a lux express bus with lounge seats). As well as all the in seat entertainment (we watched 'The Grand Budapest Hotel') we got a free bottle of water, cereal bar and there was an on board tea and coffee machine. Our seats were extra wide with loads of legroom.
We arrived very chilled in Riga and this time found the hostel straight away, despite having to climb 130 odd ...
... clean apartment. The building was down the street from the Powder Tower which dates back to the 14th century and is the only remaining structure from the original town walls from that era.
And, as has been the case in most of our old town residences, elevators (or lifts) are non-existent. This apartment was a tough climb. It ...
... 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 ...
As I left Minneapolis yesterday, I was hoping to have wonderful conversations with the people that I would sit next to on the plane. Luckily, I have had some of the best conversations of my life while I have been on planes. Many times talking about politics, history, philsophy or to just share our life experiences with one another and I was not let down!
To begin with, before I left Minneapolis, I decided to buy postcards for my homeroom class so that they ...
... shop that carries only items made in Latvia. For supper, we went Italian, to an outdoor restaurant in a small plaza, off the main tourist track. Excellent food and service for a reasonable price. Our final day in Riga was again spent walking around the old streets, taking pictures and eating. The rain started in early afternoon and at times turned into a downpour with thunder and lightening. We were again going to ...