A day on the border

Trip Start Dec 01, 2011
Trip End Jan 20, 2013

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

My hostel owner in Tartu told me to get the train to Riga and that was the best way.  He told me to get the train at 1020 and would arrive Riga by 3 PM, but the train actually left at 940.  They changed the time.  I had about 30 KG of luggage and walked 2 KM each way to the station and back and because of these 20 minutes, it messed up my whole day pretty badly.  I took a bus to the border city of Valga.  On the other side of Valga is Valka in Latvia.  It is actually the same city, but in two different countries.  Valga/Valka are not bad places. They are typical former Soviet countries and I am starting to fall in love with these places.  Latvia uses a different currency than the euro.  They are very run down, but not shit holes. There is no garbage and the people are quite nice. A lot of the buildings are cracked or missing windows or completely abandoned, but at least there's not garbage here like in India. It has the typical cathedrals and squares here, but is very small compared to the other cities.  I walked another 2 KM to the bus station to try to get a bus to Riga because the buses are different in each country.  On the Estonia side, the buses only service Estonia and Latvian side, they only service Latvia, so I had to walk across the border.  There were no buses in service that went to Riga, so I had to go back to the train station and catch the train to Riga that left 3 hours later.  It was a rough day that should have not been this rough, but after 12 hours, I arrived my destination of Riga.  The weather is finally getting warmer now.  Today was the first time since I left where I did not have to wear a sweater.  I only brought one sweater with me on this trip and have used it almost 100% of the time in the last 3 weeks, but hopefully that time is over!

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