The charming guide is just about to lose her voice when it is time to step off the bus at the hotel. The key cards are sorted alphabetically and waiting for each participant to pick their own. After the smooth check-in it is time for a walk through the cobbled streets of the Old Town together with the same guide as before – the one who knows how to make her story both personal and general. There are many ways in which to explore the city – by foot, by bus, boat or bike, with small breaks or a snack on the way. The important thing is to experience the uniqueness of being in this beautiful and seductive city. The contrasts, scents, people, history… a lot has happened here, some things more difficult to grasp, others bearing witness to the resilience and hope of the local population. Life gets better. Beauty and truth will win out in the end.
Sit down for dinner at a restaurant that is within walking distance from the hotel, so that everyone can go home when they wish to do so. Those who have more energy continue into the city to experience the nightlife. This is a safe place, and everything you might need is within walking distance.
The following day it is perhaps time for the conference in one of the hotel’s modern and light conference rooms. Conversations, presentations, good coffee, fresh smoothies and fruits, networking, and good food with plenty of options for those who have particular dietary needs.
There is so much to explore and see in the Baltic capitals. You can also find castles and manors for smaller group tours, local farms that produce cheese or bread, fun cars and boats, adventure parks… or perhaps just a cold, tasty, local beer. If you are in Riga you can also visit Jurmala – the charming resort town with long sandy beaches, spa and yoga, and rows of magnificent wooden houses.
When it is time to go home you be left with one main impression – a feeling of having found a place which is so close, yet at the same time so different. A feeling of surprise at having discovered a country within such a short travelling distance. So special, and so worth a visit.
Welcome to the Baltics.