TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Dzintara Jurmala
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... the snow is actually quite fun! For some reason, I find myself singing "Op een kangoeroe-eiland!", and I enjoy the controlled slippin' and slidin' away!
All kinds of snow
... had already been eaten. So we quickly worked through the sign-up ritual (composing a lovely poem in five languages - Mandarin, Dutch, Latvian, Polish, Russian) and skipped most of the silly 'get-to-know-each-other'-exercises in order to munch down some tasteless beetroot soup. Sophie and I decided we'd rather spend the night in the car than on the floor in one of the cramped cabins.
By the time the welcoming was over, it was almost midnight: time for the first forest game! ...
... after spending about 2 & ½ hours wandering the shops in the nearby shopping mall. We also found a hairdresser who could fit us both in, so Allan had the best haircut he'd ever had – the hairdresser was very particular, and seemed to be happy to take her time getting it right, rather than a quick back and sides. She also did his eyebrows and ears, but thankfully not his nose!!! He'd did that himself a few days ago. I also had ...
... machine. And finally the kitchen with an interesting device called a Thermomixer, but no sharp knives or pepper. Oh, and the kitchen has a second "front" door leading to the other stairwell, which is never used.
The landlady and the dog
I didn't tell you the best part, did I? Location, location, location!
The apartment is smack in the middle of the Silent Center, the famous Art Nouveau neighbourhood. It's 5 minutes on foot to the ...
... girls in the hostel said to me, "Riga is all very nice, but get outside of the city and it's nothing but Soviet housing blocks."
That's not to say it's bad, but on just the other side of the Art Nouveau district I noticed a distinct downturn in appearance and atmosphere. Don't take that as a slant against Riga, because I really liked the city, but it's just worth remembering that the hustle and affluence of some parts of the city does not represent ...