Latvia 2014

Europe 13 de feb. de 2014

End of the semester.聽What to do?聽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聽(a.k.a. Latvia, Poland, Russia or Bielorussia).聽Russia聽and聽Bielorussia were automatically聽discarded because there wasn’t enough time to get our VISA.聽Poland聽we聽(my sister and I)聽didn’t go because our time was limited and we wanted to do a longer trip around the country. So聽Latvia, here we go.

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

-Fella please, come to the point.

Alright!

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

The hostel we stayed in was聽The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers.聽I think it’s by far聽one of the best聽(if not the best)聽hostels I’ve ever been. And I’ve slept in 20 of them聽(approx.).聽The facilities聽(bed sheets and towels included and for free, not as in the one in Sweden)聽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聽Latvia… I would really recommend to stay there if your are planning to visit聽Riga.聽

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聽-28潞C聽(or so my weather app said).聽

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

One of the places I liked the most was the聽St. Peter’s church tower.聽It was so windy up there but definitely worth the聽5鈧that the ticket cost.

The weather was quite nasty, very cold and snowy. We聽spaniards聽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,聽芦what doesn’t beat you makes you stronger禄.

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

Captura de pantalla 2014-02-11 a les 16.01.27

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

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