me taking a photo of the Freedom Monument

If you know me, you’ll know I prefer winter to summer. So the news that we were going to Riga (Latvia) to celebrate my parents 35th anniversary, pleased me no end. After years of crappy winters I’d finally get to wear all the proper winter gear. ­čÖé

Riga the capital of Latvia, is situated on the Baltic Sea coast on the mouth of the river Daugava. Riga is the largest city in the Baltic states. The Historic Centre of Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is particularly notable for its extensive Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) architecture, which UNESCO considers to be unparalleled anywhere in the world.

Verder lezen Riga


We leave for Riga on friday. I’m still trying to decide what to pack and which coat to wear. Wikipedia mentions February can mean -20┬░C but I doubt that’ll happen during our visit. Its now -2┬░C, but according to the 5 Day Forecast from the BBC Weather Centre, they’re expecting lower temperatures and possibly even snow. I have heard though that the wind chill is much lower than it can be here. Must be the difference in maritime and continental land climate according to the K├Âppen climate classification (do they still teach this in schools?). I think I’ll take my medium thick coat.