Sigulda, September 2007
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i travelled onward to sigulda, a small town in the gauja national park, on friday to escape city life and was not disappointed, the place is small but has a lot to offer in terms of great scenery and lots to do. apparently it is know locally as the switzerland of latvia.
i arrived at lunchtime and headed to my b+b with laura, an american that i met in the tourist information centre. i was pleased she was there to help get us to the b+b as its in a suburb. we finally made it and the place is amazing, a typical latvia home and the hosts are so welcoming its untrue. we were shown our rooms and then they left the house for the night, how trusting!
we decided to take a walk, which turned into a 5 hour one around the place.
i had planned to do a bungee jump and had it all booked but when i rocked up at the station it was full of pissed up latvians shouting abuse at us so i did a u turn asap. i was a bit disappointed but maybe i can do it later in the trip like in slovenia.
in the eveing we headed over to the bowling hall and had a few games which was different and fun, i havent bowled for years.
we headed back to the b+b and were greeted by grandma who was a gem. she didnt speak english but it didnt stop her trying.
in the morning we woke up to a huge traditional latvia breakfast, all fresh produce from the garden at the b+b.
i headed over to the bobsledding centre which wasnt too far from the b+b. it is an artifical track at 1200m, pretty cool stuff. it was built for the former soviet team but is used rarely now. i took the walk up to the viewing platform for a panoramic view of the nation park again, i love this place! then i headed down to the bobseigh centre and jumped into one of the cars. they go at 80 mph snaking around the track in the valley and it was brilliant. rush!
i was really pleased that i decided to head out to sigulda, its a great little place for a nights stop and the b+b just makes it all the more enjoyable.
ive had to change my plans slightly so im off back to riga again, which isnt ideal, this afternoon just to sleep then next destination tartu, estonia.