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May 7, 2009
Bus: Eurolines, Tallinn, Estonia - Riga, Latvia
This was my last morning in Tallinn.  Today I checked the online blog I've been following, this guy (http://www.leeabbamonte.com) is trying to be the youngest person to visit all 300+ Traveler's Century Club 'countries'.  I noticed that his last post was from Riga, where I was headed!  I sent him a note, then headed off to the bus station.  The long-distance bus station is a few miles southeast of the old town... spent awhile walking down there.  The Eurolines bus shows up, very nice with leather seats, and onboard wifi-internet and electrical outlets.
Central market, Riga, Latvia
I checked my mail again only to find Lee was already in Tallinn! But by then the bus was on the move so I just missed meeting him.

The bus ride to Riga was uneventful, about 4.5 hrs, arriving there at 5PM.  Once there I had a 5 hr wait before my next bus to Kaliningrad.  I had been to Riga several years previously but most of the film pictures I had taken had come out ruined.  The weather was really nice out too compared with my last visit.  Spent a few hours wandering around the old city without a map, just remembering landmarks from our previous trip.  Saw the Freedom Memorial, Cathedral, Swiss Gate, Three Brothers medieval buildings, etc.  Riga seemed more lively this time, maybe because it was a nice day out and good weather.  I had heard of protests and problems lately with the economic troubles but I didn't witness anything in the short time that I was there.  At one point I did hear alot of yelling and whistling.. came around the corner to find it was an outdoor cafe full of people watching a NHL hockey match!  I guess one of the players must be Latvian as everyone was very excited.  I changed a little money, just enough to get a coffee and sit awhile in a cafe uploading my photos to flickr and kill a few more hours before heading back to the bus station for the overnight bus to Kaliningrad.

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Central market, Riga, Latvia
Central market, Riga, Latvia
Riga, Latvia
Riga, Latvia
House of Blackheads, Riga, Latvia
House of Blackheads, Riga, Latvia
Freedom monument, Riga, Latvia
Freedom monument, Riga, Latvia
Cat House, Riga, Latvia
Cat House, Riga, Latvia
Riga
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