On a cloudy day in the end of August in 2007, I was leaving home in Slovenia to meet my friend Štefan in Ljubljana. It was the meeting that would than take us on a journey across Europe, to reach our final destination. Riga, Latvia. The place we will be calling home for the next 10 months.
Was a kind of mixed emotion meeting when we met in Ljubljana to take the train to Venice, where we had our first flight. We didn’t know what to expect . . . about anything. but we were really excited about going there, and the whole Erasmus adventure that awaits about 2.500 km away from our home.
Our first stop was Stockholm Sweden, where we had a connecting flight to Riga, Latvia the next day. We were new to the Ryanair & Easyjet traveling around Europe back than. Infact it was the very first one there. We have booked a hostel for the night, because we thought it’s strange to sleep in the airport . . . we were just beginner travelers 😉
It was really funny situation with the hostel we had in Nyokoping, near Stockholm, Sweden. The guy just send us the code of the lock in the email. As we got there the house was completely empty. We type in the code and the door open. There was note inside, you can use everything in the house, please leave the money in the drawer.
We had this huge house for our selves. We relaxed in the jacuzzi and sauna. A really great house. We can say it was just a beginners luck 😉
The next day, we had an all relaxed morning flight to our final destination. Riga, Latvia. After about an hour in the air we saw this city for the first time form the air. It looked absolutely spectacular.
We took a taxi from the airport to take us to Reznas Iela in Moskavas Forštadtte district of Riga. It is where the Latvijas Univeristate (University Of Latvia) student dormitories are placed. It’s a lovely area, a ghetto of Riga with a gypsy neighborhood nearby and lots of homeless people everywhere.
But, I don’t know.
It kind of looked cool to me. Especially after checking in the dormitory and discovering that in the whole hallway with 40 rooms for 2, there will be people living there from all countries of Europe, Turkey, Georgia and Russia. These people are going to be my new neighbors, friends and . . .
And what a great time it was to meet this people in the months that followed. It was all about having a great time . . . and we could never get enough of it.
And the greatest thing of all, now looking at it after 5 years . . . is that some of this people are still friends, from Europe and beyond.
I think it was for me, as it was for my friend Štefan. The best decision we’ve made in our lives.
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