Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Latvia is Clean and Orderly

Latvia does not suffer from the British disease in relation to disorderly conduct, anti-social behaviour, drunkenness and vandalism. Drinking is not allowed on the streets and there is a greater sense of self-respect and personal dignity. British "tourists" who come to Riga on Stag Weekends and who commits acts of drunkenness or indecency are dealt with or ridiculed in the newspapers. The streets are clean and tidy and the people well-dressed and fashionable, though smoking is probably more in evidence than on the streets of Britain. These are impressions of Riga from the past few days, and in two days' time I will be on the bus to Daugavpils, the second city of Latvia, which from what I gather is a very pleasant city indeed.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Wales has too much nationalist anti-social graffiti e.g. Cofiwch dreweryn on an old wall. Absolutely outrageous criminal damage.

Alan in Dyfed said...

Latvia doesn't need reminders. It's already independent, whereas Wales is definitely not...
and it's Dryweryn by the way!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the correction. I must keep a sharp eye on you.

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Pēteris Cedriņš said...

And once you got to Daugavpils -- did you find it to be such a pleasant city?

Alan in Dyfed said...

Not so much!
I was there five days.
Clean but needs repairs, everything
old and in need of replacement -
no notable buildings and a bit drab.