Romance on the Lux Express

Trip Start May 25, 2012
Trip End Jun 06, 2012

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Friday, June 1, 2012

This time it was romance between the driver and young woman on the bus trip from Riga to Tallinn. First she was sitting on first seat on the passenger side of the bus. They started talking and after a while she moved down to the steps, sitting next to him. That was comforting because he didn't have to turn his head completely around to ogle her, now he could look at her and keep the road in his peripheral vision. Safety first!

Max and I had about four or five hours to kill in Riga between our bus from Vilnius and the bus from Riga to Tallinn. It was rainy but we found an outside cafe with an awning so camped there for a while. Well, like three hours. We basically ate twice. I had an appetizer of Hunter sausages and potatoes which were basically seasoned wedge fries that Max ate before I could. For entrees, I had a shepherd's pie (this was a British restaurant) and Max had a rib-eye steak and fries. He said it was the best steak he's ever had so he ordered another one. This time though he asked for the kind of potatoes I had instead of the normal fries that came with his steak the first time. Instead, she brought him the steak and fries and another entire hunter sausage appetizer.  

We figured after that disgusting display of gluttony we should walk around Riga's old town a bit. Riga was a center of power for the Teutonic Knights that moved into the area after getting booted from the Middle East during the crusades. They figured they'd work over the pagans that lived in the Baltics because they're less fearsome than the Muslims. Anyway, there's a nice statue of a knight in a square. Ok, that's one thing to see in Riga. Next? 

Our waitress points us to St. Peter's Cathedral to climb to the top for the view. Except she was pointing at the wrong church in the wrong direction. We found St. Peters easily because it's the tallest church in the town. It looks really old and I thought it'd be cool to climb. After we paid to go up the tower, we had to run the gauntlet of historical photos where I learned the thing started getting built in 1209 and has since been razed, rebuilt, and remodeled countless times. The latest was in the 40's when the whole steeple burned down. So what we were going to climb wasn't ancient at all. It was just a tower.

Then I found out you don't even climb it, there's an elevator! Lazy communists.

That said, Riga's Old Town seems more "Old Town-ish" than the previous old towns, bit it's Tallinn's old town that I'm looking forward to seeing. It was relatively untouched during multiple wars and is thus much like it was the original town.

Touring Tallinn tomorrow, catching an afternoon ferry to Helsinki and spending the evening and following day check it out. 
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grandma on

Max's waitress looks scandanavien. You must be close to Finland ! Max looks happy.

grandma on

Max ate potatoes ? What is next ? Kraut ?

sunburntcurt on

We were in Riga, which is on the Baltic, and yes, people there are more Scandanavian than Latvian. Or the Latvians there look Scandanavian. It's even more pronounced in Estonia as Tallinn is almost a suburb of Helsinki. And Max is happy because he just finished his 2nd steak.

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