Latvia Conclusions - Russia is a good country to visit cos it's exotic. But Latvia is much easier..it's a definite step up from Russia. it's civilised and European much less of a challenge. Of course it has a tinge of Russian culture. At the moment it's quite cheap and 30% speak good English. It's like visiting Scandinavia, safe, lakes walks, historic towns etc. A lot of evening mosquitoes. In fact public transport is incredibly cheap about 1 Euro for 50Km. I could have stayed longer, but the English summer is short so I had to move on.
||Latvia must have changed so much during the last 15 years on the surface it looks like Sweden, everybody wears a seatbelt etc, maybe just underneath things are different, many people don't trust the tap water etc or governemnt pollution controls.. Also bubbling under the surface maybe racial problems.. Now the government operates entirely in Latvian, but more than 30% of people are ethnic speaking Russians, many schools are Russian speaking, also there are other minorities like Roma. Normal family cars are luxury brands like BMW or Audi, why ?