Thursday evening is bringing with it the beginning of a little trip to Eastern Europe, Latvia to be precise. It'll be the shortest holiday I've been on, in its entirety it'll be just shy of three days. It'll also be the holiday I've prepared least for. My side-kick, Sud, and I booked the flights a couple of months ago and then promptly forgot about the whole thing. I saw Sud on the weekend and he asked the question, "What are we actually going to do when we get there?" I was unable answer, my knowledge of Latvia only extends to knowing where it is on a map and knowing that the capital city is named Riga.
As you may have guessed, my Latvian conversational skills are non-existent. The only real conversation I've had with a Latvian before was with a girl named Evita Peron, we talked, joked, danced and had a burger eating competition - this brought with it something that highly amused me, the way that Latvians pronounce "Burgers". The poor girl must have repeated that word tens of times at my request. Today, I've been trawling through Latvian phrases on the internet and listening to Latvian radio to at least get a feel for the language. The station 'Latvijas Radio 1' reminds me of some of the stations I'd enjoy finding on my Long Wave radio as a kid, it's actually a very soothing language to listen to!
Another wonderful thing about the interweb is the ability to actually see what's going on in Riga via the webcams. For a couple of hours research, I've actually got a pretty good idea of how the city looks and what there is to see when we get there. Whether I'll be able to apply any of this new knowledge, I don't know.
Any tips are very welcome, if you've been before or even if you just know someone that has!
Failing a structured trip, we'll fall back on our always-successful back up plan...
Second bar on the right and straight on 'til morning.