Departure and arrival in Riga
8 February 2016. One week to late for the "Welcome week" goes my flight from Vienna to Riga/ Latvia. Latvia sounds a little bit exotic for austrian standards, but not for air baltic :) ! Two ways for 150€ from VIE to RIX was pretty okay for me.
Gone down in Riga, I got a first experience what I have to expect from the weather in the following months.
The first question after my confirmation:"Where should I live for the next 6 months"? I had three options: 1. Prima dormitory, 2. Rezne dormitory and last but not least, rent a flat.
We are two students from Graz, so we decided to rent a flat. After two days we found one (Facebookgroup) and got in contact with the owner to fix everything. The prices are a little bit cheaper than in austria. Our new home is in the centre of "New Riga", the hipster part of Riga. You can reach everything within 30 mins with the tram or the bus.
The university is a little bit outside of the center, round about 30 min with the bus. From outside it looks like something forgotten of the world war. Very old and not very beautiful. I really don´t know why, but I love this old russian style, so it`s absolutly okay for me.
A city with three faces.
1. Old town - Very beautiful and historical place with many tourists. You can find old churches, different kinds of museem and many other things.
2. New town - Here are many parks and hipster places. I would say that this is probably more of the real latvia as old town is.
3. Sourrounding area - For me it`s little russia. You can get easily a bad feeling if you walk alone at night. I never got problems, but latvians and russian are quiet racists there. So if you look a little bit different, be aware of some bad words.
February, march and april are horrible, it snows or rains nearly every day. In the end of April the weather changes suddenly. After this long periode of bad weather you can approciate the sunny days.A other good thing are the long days.
Like in the most big cities in europe, is also Riga a very good place for party. You can find many pubs, the biggest disco in the baltics,......
To my surprise are the prices nearly the same as in Graz. But if you have some latvian friends you will find good and cheap places.
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