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I heard different stories about
I took a bit of caution even thou I never believed that actually something will happen to me. As a friend of mine used to joke about it: “Hey, I’m from Eastern Europe, from
So I arrived in the bus station around half-past-eleven in the morning and the whole place was buzzing with people.
While going up the stairs to get back to the surface and trying to hurl my trolley up the stairs I felt there something goin with my shoulder bag, so I pulled it just a bit forward and felt something was stopping it. I turned my head and there was this woman, around 30 years old, who was unzipping my bag and behind her there was another man probably waitin to snatch anything that she could steal and fled away. Naturally I just bursted into a cavalcade of curses towards her, which I cannot reproduce, and strangely enough it were all in English in case anyone was in doubt about what was I shouting about. I don’t really think she was expecting such a vocal reaction, nor I believe she knew what I was saying, even thou it was graphic enough, but the goal was accomplished. She was exposed; dozens of people around us stopped in their paths and looked at her; I was still yelling at her and cursing while checking if there is anything missing from my bag.
It was an interesting experience in the end, bound to happen someday in my travels and made me a bit cautious from now on. And don’t worry it’s not about the location, if it bound to happen it will happen. Later in
Funny rumour I heard: A Latvian tourist board invested around 500,000 pounds into a campaign to promote the Latvian capital to English speaking travellers. It went horribly bad as instead of “
I checked in Friendly Fun Franks Hostel, which by far was the hostel with the best atmosphere I’ve ever been to. On arrival you get a free drink at their bar while the girl at the reception does all the paper work for you. I met a lot of people and every night we would go out on pub crawls which the hostel organizes. Also they organize many events including shooting Kalashikov rifles at a shooting range which is quite popular. There a jukebox in the bar, there’re karaoke nights and a lots of things that would keep you busy. The kitchen is big and fully equipped so you can cook without any time. The beds are comfy and the dorms are away from the bar and kitchen area so you wont be troubled with noise.
Safety tip: Don’t wonder alone the streets at night especially if you had a few drinks as you risk being mugged.
Tip: There’s a law passed in
Tip: Latvian currency is stronger than the dollar or the euro so 1 Lat is the equivalent of about 2 Dollars or 1,5 Euros