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.