Some communication problems
If you need some help don’t be afraid to ask locals, because people here are nice. The problem can be that not many people in here will understand you.
Mostly just young persons are good in English, but others wont be able to communicate with you. That is also big problems in shops- it might happen that shop assistant just won’t understand what you want.
These signs are something you'll see frequently around Riga. Smoking is banned in most public buildings such as bars, restaurants and cinemas or at the least there is a separate room for smokers. This sign signifies that you shouldn't smoke closer than 10 metres away from a building.
You don't see groups of smokers huddled around entrances to buildings here. In fact even though cigarettes are so cheap, smoking really doesn't seem to be very popular in Latvia at all.
I read that at one stage they had intended banning smoking on the street even but this has been rejected.
a trip to Jurmala
A trip to Jurmala is a great relaxing way to spend a hot summer day on the shores of the Baltic sea some 20-25 minutes away from Riga by train. Jurmala in not a town, but a 20 kilometres long strip of sandy beach and a few coastal towns. Majori is the largest and most popular one - however we chose the more secluded Ljelupe...
Ljelupe is quiet... there's not too many people on the beach and there's not many places to have food and drinks by the beach... just one, in fact. To reach the beach you have to walk some 20 minutes through a forest and over bush-covered sand dunes... and then, there you are, ready to brave the dark cold waters of the sea.
Hanging around in hangars
The central market is located in and around four Zeppelin Hangars vacated by the German Imperial Army when they left Latvia. If you are at a vantage point looking out over the city, you can't miss these buildings.
Actually you can get anything at the market place. Mostly food, but also shoes, hats, clothes, beauty articles, music...
This is such a fun place to go and have look, even if you don't actually fancy buying anything at all. This is the place where the locals come for groceries.
The food is displayed nicely, and the prices lower than in the supermarket. There is also a certain charm with the way trade goes here. Prices for food are, as far as I could tell, not really negotiable, but other items you can haggle for if you want to.
There are old ladies also selling plastic bags, as a means of providing shoppers with really nice plastic bags (!) and as a means to earn a living. We do not haggle for the prices of these bags as they are cheap and the ladies selling them are trying to get by on a very meager pension. Food is the main thing here, and we usually go for caviar here (well, we have the luxury of home cooking as my mother lives here). The prices are much lower than at home and the quality good, if you know how to check it. Ask to try some, and if it smells and tastes strongly of fish, it's going off. Fresh caviar has a taste of sea and salt that is pleasant. 100 grams cost something like LVL 15-18 last time I checked.
Time for Adult entertainment :)
While during day light it is treated as a upmarket restaurant in the evenings it turns aout for one of the poshest Nightclubs in Riga. They swears that their shows which are aimed for men and for women in thursdays are the best in the city. Well - tastes are diferent, but thats clear, it is worth to visit. Music varies from House disco to pop. Entrance which should be paid just from 22.00 till 5.00 morning is 30 EUR, so the prices are the same. Think I don't have to warn men about danger of popsies whic would be eager to have a coctail in your company :)) - the bill would be steep as Twin Towers in Malaysia :)) no sportswears just have a heavy pocket :)