Latvia 2014

Europe 13 de feb. de 2014

End of the semester.¬†What to do?¬†Ehm…

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Of course I was going to travel!! What did you expect??

The plan was to visit any of the neighboring countries¬†(a.k.a. Latvia, Poland, Russia or Bielorussia).¬†Russia¬†and¬†Bielorussia were automatically¬†discarded because there wasn’t enough time to get our VISA.¬†Poland¬†we¬†(my sister and I)¬†didn’t go because our time was limited and we wanted to do a longer trip around the country. So¬†Latvia, here we go.

Before I continue¬†(or start)¬†with the story, I’d like to mention that¬†I still don’t know why¬†after 3.5 years living in¬†Lithuania¬†I didn’t visit any of the countries around yet. And I have traveled. Oh yeah boy I did.¬†I expect to fix this¬†inconvenience¬†by the end of my studies here¬†(2.5 years left, yey!).

-Fella please, come to the point.

Alright!

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On Friday the 30th of January¬†we took a delayed bus that would drive us to¬†Riga¬†(capital of Latvia). The company we traveled with,¬†Ecolines, offers a wide variety of possible combinations and¬†low-budget-friendly!¬†(Plus there’s free wifi inside the bus).

The hostel we stayed in was¬†The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers.¬†I think it’s by far¬†one of the best¬†(if not the best)¬†hostels I’ve ever been. And I’ve slept in 20 of them¬†(approx.).¬†The facilities¬†(bed sheets and towels included and for free, not as in the one in Sweden)¬†the personnel, the building itself… everything excellent! Well, if the have been winning for the past 4 years the prize for the best hostel in¬†Latvia… I would really recommend to stay there if your are planning to visit¬†Riga.¬†

That night we didn’t do much. Just gaby around the city but not for a long time. It was freezing. I mean it. It felt like it was¬†-28¬ļC¬†(or so my weather app said).¬†

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New day new adventures! Over the night it snowed as hell and the next day¬†(previous one we didn’t have snow at all)¬†we woke up with 30 cm of snow on the ground. The good thing of this was that it would give a more winterish¬†look to the city and the pictures would look nicer.

Our itinerary: basically we just followed all the instructions that I found in this free download Riga guide (I really recommend you to check it out). 

One of the places I liked the most was the¬†St. Peter’s church tower.¬†It was so windy up there but definitely worth the¬†5‚ā¨¬†that the ticket cost.

The weather was quite nasty, very cold and snowy. We¬†spaniards¬†aren’t really used to this. So we would look for a refuge where we could thaw our hands from while to while. But, as they say,¬†¬ęwhat doesn’t beat you makes you stronger¬Ľ.¬†

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After the whole day walking around the¬†Old town¬†and¬†Centre¬†districts of the¬†Latvian capital, we decided to head back to the hostel where we would get a¬†power nap¬†(I’m so in love with them).¬†Last night in Riga, we had to do something especial. We looked for the¬†¬ętypical Latvian place¬Ľ¬†where we could have a beer or two and something to it.

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Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs¬†was the perfect place to finish a trip that had been on my¬†bucket list¬†for a long time. Overall I really enjoyed being in¬†Riga.¬†It’s a truly European city¬†(or so it is its centre and oldtown).¬†The good thing about not being a huge city is that we could somehow visit all the interest places there.

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Pau Mateo

M√©dico veinti-algo-a√Īero con una pasi√≥n por la fotograf√≠a y la aventura que es f√°cilmente contagiable.