We then all visited the food market, where some were horrified to discover live fish and pig entrails on the stalls. We bought items to eat and a few knickknacks to take home. Joanne wanted to buy some linden honey, but the jars were too big for the airport security so she settled for some beeswax candles instead. Andy and Zara bought gherkins which were very juicy and strong flavoured. Zara also bought fabulous (read: horrendous) socks. We went back to the hostel for lunch and decisions on what to do in the afternoon. We all went to the Powder Tower and briefly the War Museum, and then attempted to visit Riga Castle and the National Museum, but they were closed for massive renovations. The phrase ‘divide and conquer’ sums up the middle part of the afternoon as Ally and Joanne then went to the National Library; Zara, Andy and Sam went to a hat museum (which was also closed), and George, Jon, Ollie and Dom walked around looking at the Old Town.
|The food market halls|
At 5:45pm we regrouped at the Freedom Monument and head to Riga’s Mezapark by tram. We wished we had brought a frisbee with us when we found out they had a frisbee golf park but we spent several happy hours at the lake, skimming stones and annoying the swans and then walked back through the twilight forest.
Dinner was at Folkklubs in Riga where we all ate a very hearty meal. Some people ordered 1kg of pork hock and vegetables for 8.50€ and others went for two main courses, under the false assumption that a 3.50€ dish of grey peas in a rye bread basket couldn’t fill us up. Oh how they were wrong! Some of us enjoyed drinking beer out of a 3 litre clay jug and others tested out the home-brewed vodka from the restaurant. There was a wonderful array of local beers, including Medalus (honey beer) and a hemp-ginger beer which was more like honeyed ginger beer, or mead.