An Unexpected Layover in Riga
Trip Start Jan 31, 1996
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The best Riga had to offer us was a flight to Vienna via Helsinki. That meant flying back even further than where we had just come from. And there was yet another problem. Seats were few and we would have to go standby. At the check-in counter we stood while three attendants nattered amongst themselves. Then a group of stewards and pilots arrived with the need for seats to where we were going
Eventually we went back to the customer service counter to seek an alternative plan. A 9:45 p.m. arrival in Vienna, via Brussels did not work for us, so I suggested to the attendant that they put us up in a hotel in Riga for the night. The next direct flight to Vienna was the following morning. Phone calls were made and finally that is how it went down.
An afternoon and evening in Riga, one of Europe's city gems, was the best that could be made of a bad day. And none of us really complained that the four star hotel that they put us up in had to have had at least one of its star pilfered from another establishment,
(Notes only. Not for mass publication)