Ahh cold weather...I miss you

Trip Start Jan 17, 2007
Trip End Aug 29, 2007

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

I'm writing here from Latvia...where it is a lovely minus 20 outside, warmer than home though apparently...thus I've decided to take full advantage of the free internet at my hostel and make another post...hopefully one that is witty and full of charming anecdotes and facts...
First a bit about Latvia...
We are currently in the capital, Riga...
The currency is the Lats, which $1 CDN equates to about .5 Lats...
The population is still quite small: 2.3 million people...
Thank you is Paldies, in Latvian...This is the word that I have been using most frequently to butter up the locals...
As far as costs go, food is quite cheap!  For example, $3 worth of groceries included: a loaf of bread, which is incidentally my new favourite food, go toast!, a pastry loaf, a huge jar of pasta sauce, a bottle of some Fanta like beverage, spaghetti noodles and salami...
I don't think that a dollar would take me quite so far at home...
Despite the sub arctic conditions outside, we've managed to do a fair bit of exploring!  Luckily Riga is a very accessible city...walking from our hostel in a slightly quieter district to the main bit, takes under 20 minutes...
So Sam and I have bravely ventured out and toured around the Old Town, which yet again is a World Heritage site!  To take a break from the 'delightful' weather we took advantage of the free museums that Riga has to offer...we ventured into the 'The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia'...which was very interesting...not that others aren't as well, but this had explanations in Latvian, English, German and Russia...
It had a wealth of information...many things that I didn't know or learn in history class...we North Americans are rather lousy at learning about other's history!  Or it's probably just me!
Most of my museum pictures are from this museum...if you come to Riga, you should definitely go, as it's quite the eye opening experience...
We also visited the War Museum, which is the other free museum in the city, which although interesting, wasn't nearly as well presented as the other...although they did have Mountie costumes here so that was a plus...
Aside from our exploring, we have enjoyed the fruits of the hostel...
It's called the Central Hostel Riga and it is amazing!  It's very cheap, we have a room that sleeps only 2, for $16 per night, compared with Helsinki where it was 21 Euros a night for a dorm room...
Plus in our $16 we get infinite free internet and free breakfast every morning, complete with juice, bread, cereal and tons of spreads!  I'm in heaven!  They also offer free coffee and tea throughout the day for their guests! 
It's very cozy and the living room has English magazines...I could move in here and be quite content!
The hostels seem to be getting progressively better...hopefully this trend continues!
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samar9 on

Kaif halik ALii!!!

I am in class... bla.. and thought I'd check ur latest travel news..
Latvia.. interesting..
Where are the pics.. take many pics..
Iim so thinking of taking a travel trip when I graduate inshAllah... U have Inspired me Ali :P

btw. r u checking ur email. i sent u one to the (I have no fear email address)
ok i gotta run. there is a rally against the hight tuitions
we'll make it a better place for u when get back :D
take care sweety

megazz on

i like cheap food
i hate when food is expensive... so i especially like cheap food.

:) :)

you're terrific. thanks for making me laugh!

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