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Double Home Exchange in Norway and SwedenAuthor: LSKahn (More Trip Reviews by LSKahn)
Date of Trip: July 2012
Please note: Except for hotels and English language tours, people in Riga speak Latvian and Russian, not usually English. English will make inroads but not yet.
Downtown Riga has a huge shopping mall (shopping malls have taken over Europe everywhere) and a Stockman's (Finnish upscale chain), but only a small portion of Latvians can probably afford to shop in those places. On my next day in Riga I concentrated on the Old City. I took a walking tour, went up in a church for a view and had a nice lunch (much, much cheaper than in Scandinavia) and went to the Museum of the Latvian Occupation (sad story of what both the Germans and Russians did to the locals). I did not have time for anything else. I wish I had planned to stay an additional day, but such is life.
Back in Stockholm I continued my intensive Stockholm sightseeing--visiting a coffee shop on the edge of the old city (Gamla Stan) enough to almost feel like a regular and what I wanted to see most of all the museums and other main sites. Most notably I drove to the new Artipelag Museum on the Archipelago in Gustafsburg to the East of Stockholm. The Museum itself is a work of art (much more interesting than what is in it). Since it is new and was not in the GPS, I ended up needing assistance from kind local police officers to find it!
On August 19th I cleaned the house and spent my last night in a hotel near the Arlanda Airport--more relaxing at the end of a long trip than worrying about getting to the airport the day you fly. My flight home on Icelandair went without incident. My Scandinavian exchanges were sadly at an end.
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