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I don't have a ton of spoons left over tonight for a long post, so have some photos around and about Riga.

After the aesthetic exuberance of Odessa, Riga seems much more restrained, even dour. It's impressively old (founded in 1201, and there were settlements well before that) and lovely, but also more orderly, less lively, less organic. And, of course, much more expensive: welcome back to Western Europe.

This said, it's gorgeous and fun. Everyone speaks English here, which is relaxing. I don't mean this in a chauvinist way; mainly that I don't need to bother Anya to translate everything. Actually, where we're staying in the old town, it doesn't seem like anyone other than people working here are from here; it's pretty heavily touristy.

Which also means that it's incredibly easy to find vegan food. Including an entire vegan restaurant. I was like, "GIVE ME ALL THE PROTEIN."

The most important story I learned today was this: There were two powerful guilds in Riga. One was for skilled craftsmen, and admitted every eligible craftsman who applied to join. The other was for merchants, and only admitted Germans. A wealthy merchant from Riga applied to join and was rejected on the basis of his nationality. Accordingly, he built himself a giant fuck-off house across the street from the guild building and put black cats on the roof with their asses facing the building, as if shitting. The guild immediately sued to have the cats removed, but because lawsuits take time, WWI broke out, and no one gave a shit about cats' asses. The cats were mysteriously removed anyway in the 1920s, and replaced just as mysteriously in the 1950s, this time facing towards the guild, as it is now the home of the Riga Philharmonic, and no one has any quarrel with them.












Date: 2017-07-25 06:21 am (UTC)
evilpettingz00: (rule the world)
From: [personal profile] evilpettingz00
THAT is an AMAZING story! About the black cats... I love it. XD

Are those food pics from the vegan place? I want to visit every vegan restaurant everywhere and eat all the things!

Date: 2017-07-25 04:58 pm (UTC)
lapinlunaire: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lapinlunaire
Please tell me that tourist souvenir shops sell replicas of those cats. I really, really need to decorate everything I own with shitting black cats now.

What's that second building? It looks really creepy :(

Date: 2017-07-26 08:11 pm (UTC)
lapinlunaire: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lapinlunaire
Why WOULDN'T you buy all the cat swag? Do you even need other kinds of swag? Do you even need to buy anything else in your trip or really in your life?

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