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I was in Riga this summer. There are some interesting sights there. First I would recommend just strolling around the beautiful old town. It isn't too big, but there are a lot of small restaurants, cafes, and bars, where you can have a drink. Unfortunately, it can happen that there are a lot of English stag parties that are sometimes a little bit annoying, ...


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In my experience of holidaying in Europe & North Africa, tips for chamber maids etc are given at the end of the holiday/stay and more often than not given directly by oneself to the chamber maid, rather than being left anywhere. Money left on a table would almost certainly not be seen as tips for cleaning your room, as indicated in Karlson's comments. ...


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I don't speak Latvian, but my girlfriend is Latvian. I'll make her an account later, but for now, here's what she says: If you go to the "Vietas" tab it gives you a list of street names and numbers of their sites. All the sites are located in Rīga. So, for example, Marijas 19 means : Marijas Street 19, Rīga. Copy-paste the addresses in google maps and ...


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I tried translating the site with Bing Translate, but because it's Flash it won't translate. However I did the menu words one at a time, and Vietas means Site - locations, I think. That page just has a number of words with a number after each. If you click on a word, you get a phone number and what are obviously opening hours. The next step would be to ...


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As a Latvian :) I can suggest a better way to search: by using the online Latvian Yellow Pages. Because not all are on the maps, which might be outdated, while the yellow pages keeps up-to-date information.


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Given the definition of Tips being gratuity for good services why not use that as a basis for whether or not you leave a tip? While in United States, Canada and elsewhere tipping in restaurants is expected it is still optional, so if you like the service you leave more if you don't you may not leave anything, so while it may not be expected by the hotel ...


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I use Boingo for accessing private wifi at airports and cafes that you would otherwise have to pay for. It is about $10 per month and works in many countries including Latvia. I did a search for hotspots at http://wifi.boingo.com and they seems to mostly be in Riga. So if you are staying there great, but if you are going out in the countryside not great. If ...


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Leaving a tip is a personal decision and on average I only leave a tip in about half of the places I stay. When I do, I never leave it loose on the table as i was told the maid is not allowed to take it. I use Merci Envelopes that I have bought online. These are small red envelopes that I carry in my wallet and can personalise if necessary. You could ...


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Maybe it's just a case of knowing what search terms to use. :) There are several that cover many countries - some Europe, some claim up to 230 countries (although I contest that there are even that many countries in existence), and others are just discounted. I'll list a few I found: Global Sim Woolworths Global Roaming Jetstar Global Sim Travel Sim ...


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Being there certainly would increase your chances - as you can go and see the places, meet the estate agents, and call people during day hours. Example: place comes on the market at 9am, calls start at 10am, they could show someone through at lunch and by the time you wake up in the US, it's gone. I was in Riga in May sorting out my Uzbekistan visa, which ...



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