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So, a few weeks ago I went to Riga, Latvia with few of my uni friends and we had a blast. When I say a few weeks ago, I mean before I binge watched all 5 seasons of Orphan Black which is a badass tv show, by the way.
Anyways, let’s see what I can remember of this trip…
We decided to have a trip to Riga for two days, so basically one day we come and the next one we go home. Since Latvia is our neighbour country, it only took 3.5 hours to reach Riga, the capital of Latvia.
Frankly, it wasn’t my first visit in Riga. I’ve been there when I was 9, so 10 or so years ago but I can hardly remember anything.
Where to stay in Riga?
We decided to stay at Seagulls Garret Hostel which is in the old town and is about 7 minutes away from the main bus station. So a perfect location, I’d say.
We had a pleasant stay at the hostel. The receptionist was very friendly and helpful lady. We could only check in after 2 p.m., so we had to wait a bit as we arrived around 1:40 p.m. We reserved 4 bunk beds female dormitory room for ourselves and paid 44 euros for one night (for 4 people).
I would definitely recommend this hostel if you ever plan on going to Riga. All facilities are in a good condition. The beds were a bit hard to sleep on but it wasn’t a big problem for us.
Also, there is a terrace in which is perfect for an evening sit down. We also used it for a chance to have dinner and breakfast there.
Don’t expect 5 stars hotel because it isn’t. But I think it’s a perfect place for a short stay.
Enough about hostel, let’s talk about Latvia, shall we?
What to do in Riga?
I’ve always liked Latvia and its beaches. They are less crowded than Lithuania’s Palanga or Nida and in perfect conditions. One of the reasons why we decided to come to Latvia in the first place was that we wanted to go to the beach for a day and relax by the sea.
Jurmala, a resort town of Latvia, isn’t far away from Riga and it was our destination of the first day. As soon as we checked in, we changed, took our bags and made our way to the train station (10 minutes away).
We took a train to Dzintari, Jurmala. It took 30 minutes to get there and cost 1.40 euro per person.
The sea was just what we needed at that time. We had a lovely time swimming, eating ice cream, taking photos and just chatting.
By the way, we used a bin as a tripod for our camera. Creative, I know.
Anyways, after the day at the beach, we took a train back to Riga. We ate dinner on the terrace and then decided to do a bit of night city exploration and cocktail drinking.
We found a place where some group played rock n roll music and we couldn’t resist staying and dancing.
The next day we had to check out until 12 p.m. and we had a bus at 3:30 p.m. We got up, dressed up, had very long and fun breakfast on the terrace and around 11 a.m. checked out.
A good thing about this hostel is that we could leave our backpacks there for free, so we didn’t need to carry them around the town.
We walked around the old town, took hundreds of photos, and basically had a wonderful time in Riga. Also, we wanted to get on top of St. Peter’s Church tower.
The last time I was in Riga, I remember getting on top of it. The beautiful view of all Riga opens up from that tower.
However, the price was 11 euros per person and we’re broke students, so we decided to pass this opportunity. If you ever go to Riga and have 11 euros to spare, I definitely suggest you visit St. Peter’s Chruch tower.
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How much money did I spend?
Overall, I spent around 60 euros for everything. The most expensive thing of all this trip was bus tickets to Riga (38 euros round-trip). But if you’re going from Lithuania or any Baltic country, it’s a good idea to go by car or wait for discounted tickets that can be around 5 euros one way.
Bare that Riga is an expensive city. Cocktails cost from 7 to 15 euros in the old town. I paid 8 euros for Cosmo but it was a good Cosmo, so no regrets.
I’d say it was a wonderful trip and a perfect escape from our everyday routine. So if you want to have a nice weekend getaway in Europe, do consider Riga. It’s a real gem.
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