Friday, June 25, 2004
|We're up early ready to catch the 7:00 bus to
Latvia. (The railway tracks in the Baltic states are, well, not too good at the
moment. There's no train service northwards, so we take the bus. The
roads are fine.)
There's a stop while passports are inspected. By
11:30 we've arrived in
Rīga. We've crossed from Lithuania to Latvia through countryside that's green
although sparsely populated.
is the on the Baltic Sea coast and is the capital of Latvia.
We choose the hotel
Forums - it's just over the road from where the bus stops.
After an enjoyable greasy meat pasty we take a train to
Jurmala, the seaside resorts
on the Baltic coast.
The train is pretty amazing! - it's is a proper solidly built Russian thing. It's like a barn on
It's mid-summer holiday - the beach is busy with folk all enjoying the fresh Baltic sea air.
I endure some
Balsam coffee - not recommended! (Black Balsam is a black gooey drink
that should be avoided at all costs.)
Back to Rīga
That soon clears up after a couple of platters of semi raw meat and fish, steak
and gravlax. And some beer.
A street artist, and accompanying girls, draw Matthew's portrait.
(A very good likeness!)
change the time on our watches: we're on BST minus 2 hours, and it's quite light at
23:00. We're so far
north there's twilight throughout the night.
The Blackberry's Internet and
email is "off line" here in Rīga.
Jörgen Städje's Latvia Page
All images © N G Hubbard June 2004