Cities of Eastern Europe – Riga

Walking Tour of Riga

We drove back to the city to rendezvous with our Latvian guide for the afternoon who was going to take us on a walking tour of the city.  We had no idea when we started the tour that this experience was designed as a severe endurance test based on the welcome to the Soviet Army initiation week for new recruits.

She was a lovely woman, and rightfully very proud of her city but she hadn’t fully made the transition out of the ‘do as you are told’ communist era and she pushed us through the city at a punishing pace, even at one time refusing a perfectly reasonable request to stop for a just a brief moment to purchase cold drinks and telling us off for buying postcards from a street trader.

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3 responses to “Cities of Eastern Europe – Riga

  1. You make me laugh Andrew. Welcome to the Soviet Army initiation. Remind me not to sign up for that tour 🙂

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  2. Some tour guides have a one track mind. 😀 😀
    We had a similar experience: People Republic Army march.

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