Our last trip as a group was this past weekend to the other two Baltic capitals, Tallinn in Estonia and Riga in Latvia. It’s bittersweet to think that our semester comes to an end in less than 20 days! Time has FLOWN!
It’s funny to think about how our travel style has changed since the first day we landed in Lithuania–we got here wanting to see every big tourist attraction there was to see and check things off a bucket list we had. This trip felt more relaxed and “chill,” and we all spent more time investing in local places than the tourist traps. We went to a church service in Riga (in English) and got to experience that part of culture apart from going inside to say we say the inside of another cathedral we may or may not be able to differentiate from the rest in 5 years. We will remember this service and we will remember taking communion alongside the Latvian congregation. We went to a karaoke bar and just sat and talked for hours, occasionally making fools of ourselves with some singing and dancing! It was a nice change of pace from some of our other trips (which were also great, don’t get me wrong!). In Tallinn, we had a walking tour and got to walk around and had some free time to explore outdoor markets, coffee shops, etc and just get to know the quaint town on our own. One of the highlights of this trip was our visit to a medieval Estonian restaurant where we ate traditional food from that time period–the main course included bear, bore, elk and an assortment of other odds and ends. It was interesting but not as bad as some people thought it would be! 🙂 Both places were super cute and welcoming, but words don’t do them justice. So enjoy some photos from our weekend!
*Friendly reminder that our photo contest ends TOMORROW, so if you want to vote for your favorites head over to the Study Abroad Lithuania Facebook page and check out the album!