Maybe it’s because summer is approaching and most of us are sorting out our holidays plans, but I’ve started noticing a widespread lack of information and overall tendency to stereotype each time the topic ‘Baltic countries’ come up. I’ve lost track of all the times I heard – or overheard – people being unable to assign the correct name of one of the three states to its appropriate geographical location. Or nonchalantly, changing their mind about visiting one capital or the other, their decision mainly based on whether the figures of a return flight are either two or three.
Once and for all, let’s acknowledge the fact that visiting Latvia is not the same as visiting Estonia or Lithuania, and the other way around. This extends to each one of their capitals, each one of them is worth a trip regardless of the lowest plane fare.
A few weeks ago my article on Tallinn aimed at providing an insight into one the lesser-known faces of that small jewel that is the capital of Estonia; now the time has come to discover Riga, the capital of Latvia, through an itinerary covering a few spots selected by our brilliant locals.