30th January 2014
Small Flight to Riga, Latvia.
dan salam sejahtera...
Finished already my winter trip and semester break. Everything went well, Alhamdulillah. Now I would like to share some of the memorable moments I experienced during my trip. It was a nice trip. I enjoyed it very much. This year, I went for the holiday with my batchmate girlfriends - Fakhirah, Liyana Taufik, and Amirah Farhanah.
From Nizhny to Moscow, we decided to go by train, since it much more cheaper than flight, but of course, time consuming. The train left Nizhny at 11.25 pm reaching Moscow 6.10 am. Lucky for all of us, we got a 2nd class Bagon of the train (купе). It was super duper comfortable sleeping train with a door for the four beds. More like a room for us.
Sleeping train to Moscow with four beds for us.
Our journey started here.
Riga, Latvia. I bet most of us never heard of the city before rite? Yup, me too. The city is actually belong to Russian Federation long time ago. But after World War, it was separated. Eh ye ke? Hopefully I'm rite. I only knew this city because we decided to take Air Baltic to Stockholm. The transit location for Air Baltic airlines is this city.
Just a short trip, because its a transit for our flight to Stockholm, Sweden. Flight touchdown around 2.45 evening, so we only have the evening and night to explore the city. The next morning, was already our next flight. The expenses there is not so expensive. I left my bag in the luggage storage at the airport for 1.50 Euro for 8 hours. Even the bus to-and-fro the city just cost for 1.20 Euro.
So, here we go....
Riga Central Market.
-20 degree celcius and trying to bear with it.
Riga Central Market. The first stop. Trying to catch up with the time, because we left the airport around 4pm, the market closed around 6pm. When we reached there, the market was still opened. There are five pavilions of the market, which represent five different parts of the market. Basically, its like pasar pagi or pasar malam or рынак with a lot of fresh stuff.
5 pavilions - Fruits & Vegetables, Fish & Meat, Dairy products, and I couldn't remember another two pavilions. There's a pathway inside the market which connects the pavilions together. The vege and fruits are fresh, also the fish, meat, and chicken. There's cheese everywhere.
In the dairy product pavilion.
Say cheese... A lot and lot of cheese.
One of the stall there in the fruit and vegetables pavilion.
Actually, we were looking for bakeries or stall which sell doughnuts in the market, because our friend mentioned that the doughnuts there are delicious. But we couldn't find any stall like that. So, to try the local cuisines, I bought fruits tart and chocolate biscuits with walnut. Nice. But I think it is also sell in Russia.
Chocolate biscuit with walnut covered with caramel.
The language that they use are Latvian and Russian. Its an advantage for us because we knew Russian language. Its easy to buy stuffs there. The currency they use is Euro, starting 1st January 2014. Before this, they use their own currency - Lat. The shops here still accept Lat though, because the Euro is still newly implemented for one month.
When we left the Central Market, its already dark outside. It was a very cold day. Winter holiday was supposed to be a trip to escape the harsh Russian winter -30 degree celcius. Turned out, we were travelling at Riga with temperature -20 degree.
During the night, the temperature became lower. We walked around the city and had a pit-stop at souvenir shops to warm up our bodies before the next walk. Lucky for us, we decided to wear the thick winter jacket or baju belon, because if we didn't wear it, we couldn't face the temperature here.
Stockmann Deli Cafe.
Four of us. From left: Me, Kirah, Yana and Mirah.
Glow taxi. But who would take this open taxi in the cold winter?
Walking through the souvenir shops in the city.
Basically, the trip was too short to explore all the city. Just six hours trip in Riga. We took the bus to airport around 9 pm, although the last bus was around 12 am because its dangerous for us to walk around the city in the middle of the night. We bought some breakfast for tomorrow and sleep at the Riga airport during the night. Next stop: Stockholm, Sweden.
That's all for now
Thank you for readin'