Twenty-Four Hours in Rīga, Latvia

Updated: Aug 15

People and cities have something in common: they can both immensely let you down, (although travel disappoints me far less often than people do). Just when you think you’ve done all your homework, just when you think you can form a realistic expectation of them, just when you think you know them from a distance, they can take shape into something completely different before your eyes and you must face the rude awakening that you never really knew them the way you thought you did. And it’s mostly your fault for imposing your own expectations onto them. But the bottom line is: whether you embark on a journey with a new person or to a new place, you’re never really prepared to make any judgment until you’ve walked all the byways and side streets and find yourself at their core.

But people and cities also have in common that they can take you completely by surprise. The ones you’d barely thought about visiting sometimes end up being among your favorites of all. This was absolutely the case for me when I first stepped foot in Rīga on a long layover home from Finland. Having never stepped foot in the Baltic countries before, I’d no idea what to expect. Curious to get a quick taste of something new, I thought ‘why not’.

Guest Blogger: Issabella Orlando, Muse and Wander

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