So up bright and early this morning to catch the bus from Tallinn (Estonia) to Riga(Latvia). So very early.
The bus was no ordinary bus, we had free Wifi, newspapers, there was a coffee machine so could pour any hot drink that you wanted, hot chocolate, Tea etc. There was a tv which alternated between landscapes with elevator music, tourist tips on various cities serviced by the bus, and bad music mixes from the 80's and 90's.
There were power points and you could even slide your seat out into the aisle a bit if you didn't like the person sitting next to you. The best bit being that we were in the economy seats, Business class was at the back of the bus and in addition to all the facilities that we had access to, they had some more free snacks (water and a bag of what looked like mixed nuts) and bigger seats that could turn and tables. very luxurious.
We arrived and checked into the hotel at about midday, had lunch then went on a walking tour of Riga. Strange little town. Horrific history involving several occupations by invading forces, the biggest markets I have ever seen, housed in giant hangers that were made from old zeppelin hangers, a mix of wood and stone houses. There is no one big thing to see in Riga, but it is certainly somewhere that I think deserves several days to just experience the life of the city, rather than hitting the sites. Much more interesting at the second and third glances.
Also, tiny eating and drinking establishments make for intimate drinking sessions, even if you are with strangers.
Side Note, Riga has outstanding local beers, dark and sweet but not heavy, so easy to drink.
Tomorrow off to the open air ethnographic museum.