Travel: RIGA TO PLEASE; Scott McDermott Loves Cheap Beer, Casino and Even Culture in Latvia
Let's call it a spying mission. A scouting trip. A Riga recce to see if the Latvian capital justified its reputation and growing popularity.
The chance to assess its credentials as a venue for my brother's stag do next year. Well, that was my excuse anyway. In truth, I was NEVER going to knock back the chance to visit the city.
I was there for Mailsport last season, covering Hibs' Intertoto Cup game against Dinaburg and vowed to return in a non-working capacity.
So when pounds 48 flights appeared by magic on my computer screen, courtesy of Ryanair, who was I to ignore them? Never one to turn his nose up at anything cheap, my mate Martin tagged along for the four-night trip.
Riga at night is a sight to behold - like so many Eastern European cities.
We arrived at our digs, the Reval Hotel Latvia, quite late on but were …
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Publication information: Article title: Travel: RIGA TO PLEASE; Scott McDermott Loves Cheap Beer, Casino and Even Culture in Latvia. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland). Publication date: June 10, 2007. Page number: 11. © 2009 Scottish Daily Record & Sunday. COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Group.
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