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MBV’s Destinations of 2019: Lessons and Memories

What a year to share the destinations of 2019, eh?! This year has been full of adventures, laughter, getting out of my comfort zone and lots of tears! From, wedding destinations, Bali swings to my arrest in Greece. I have to say this has been a year of making and breaking this wanderlust.

I will be sharing how to make 2020 the year of travels, but for now, read on my destinations of 2019.

Please note you may see some destinations I have already been to already this year – sorry not sorry!  

1. The first destinations of 2019 – Copenhagen

I started off the year with a day trip to Denmark, Copenhagen in February this year. This was a collaboration with Travel Eat Slay and Black Travel Creators. I had never been on a day trip before. So was surprised to see so much and be around such great people! I couldn’t believe how much I was able to see from trying vegan waffles to seeing the colourful house and Christiansborg Palace. I was totally impressed by the day. So impressed that it only led to the birth of my series – Series: A Day with MBV…

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Copenhagen
Memories in Copenhagen: Listening to music and meeting amazing people in just one day.

2. Another day trip to Prague

In May 2019, I joined Travel Eat Slay for another day trip to Prague, Czech Republic! Again, not knowing what to expect with such a big group of people. I went along to see some of the most beautiful sites in Prague. The city has such fantastic street art and is hella cheap! The city is known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colourful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock. Want to know how my day went? Read: A Day with MBV In Prague

Destinations in Prague
Views of Prague

3. Returning to my second home – Singapore

One of those destinations that will last in my heart forever. There are numerous famous attractions within the city-state, notably the Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa Island, Orchard Road, Jewel Changi Airport and the Singapore Zoo and more of which I will be touching on next month! 

Arriving in Singapore made me very emotional and brought back so many damn memories of a study abroad/exchange student. The modern city-state fed me memories of a time when I travelled more than ever (which I still need to write about). The fantastic food and late-night chats and early morning flights around South East Asia are only good memories!

Lessons learnt in Singapore: Don’t be afraid of moving away from home, take the opportunity when it arises.

4. Another place I call home – Malaysia

A quick trip to be a Dulung girl (a bridesmaid) for a special friends wedding. Another destination that I am yet to write about. Johor Bharu is one of those destinations that I will forever consider another home. The Malaysian state of Johor sits at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. With a causeway across the Straits of Johor connecting it to Singapore, it’s a gateway for exploration of that island nation.

The city holds a special place in my heart because again, it was a country that welcomed me and fed me well! Hahaha! Stay tuned for content!

A Dulang girl at a Malaysian wedding
Me with the Bride and Groom in Malaysia

5. The Instagram Island – Bali

Still, in South East Asia, I decided to continue my destinations to Bali. I have always dreamed of going to Bali and regret that I only went for the 4 days. The Island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south of the Island, there is the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars. The Island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats.

The culture, learning about the locals, drinking natural avocado coffee, eating their food and breathing their air made me fall in love with this Island. Bali. I will certainly be coming back again! Thank you for the welcomeness and for allowing my solo destinations memorable.

The hotel I stayed in
Lessons learnt in Bali: Don’t allow anyone to stop you from taking that solo trip. Make next year your year of destinations.

6. Solo Day trip to Ireland

I continued my solo travels with another day trip to Ireland. Dublin is the birthplace of writers like Oscar Wilde, and home of Guinness beer and has the famous prison called Kilmainham Gaol.

It was a much-needed break where I learnt so much history about Ireland and the views they have of the British people – eek! I will touch on this on MBVs Day Series (maybe next year). I enjoyed this solo day trip because it was cheap and I could do what I wanted when I wanted. I decided to get Airbnb Experiences and was glad I did. Stay tuned for my day trip to Ireland. Read 7 Fantastic Tools That will Have You Solo Travelling with Confidence.

Me in Ireland

7. Tears in Greece

When I think about Athens, Greece, my stomach turns upside down – literally. A trip that was supposed to be a smooth run, where I met my partner’s parents and enjoyed the sites of Athens. It instead turned nasty when a guard was malicious to make up a lie, a false accusation against me. I will never forget this trip because it was the first time that I was reminded I was a black female. The positive on this trip was the truth came out and the support I received from my community. 

It was a time that you all came together for me and supported and prayed for me. I will never know how to thank you all for your support. There are so many people to name and be thankful for. But trust and believe me, you will forever be in my heart.

Lessons learnt in Athens: Travelling Perceptions & Safety: Why I don’t Allow the Experiences Stop me From Seeing The World?

8. Back to Copenhagen AGAIN!

A much-needed trip after the experience I had in Greece, Athens. It was a very different trip to Copenhagen when I visited in February this year. I arrived with my boyfriend and met up with family and friends to be a bridesmaid yet again! I was a little anxious from Greece happening so soon before but felt safe with my friends and family around me. 

If you are looking for Danish fashion and design, culture and the Nordic cuisine then you need to head over to Copenhagen in August (the best time to visit in my opinion). I haven’t written about this entirely, but I have said it’s a destination to go with a friend, solo, or with a partner. Read: 4 Romantic Weekend European Getaways for Couples

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In Copenhagen

9. Sweden for the first time

From Copenhagen, I woke up early and got a train to a small and beautiful village called Arild in Sweden. Historically the village was mostly concentrated around the chapel and the shoreline. However, it has recently been extended uphill towards Kullaberg, which has now created height differences between the various parts of the village.

We got the train to the wedding with Omio because it was closer to Copenhagen airport. One thing I will say is Sweden has to be one of the most expensive countries I have ever been too in my life ( a bottle of water was £2!)! I will, of course, be writing about this for you, so be sure to subscribe and stay up in the mix.

Arild by the sea
Views of the town in Arild
Memories in Sweden: Being a bridesmaid in Sweden and giving a speech to my beloved friend, which made me cry.

10. The City of Love Paris to celebrate my Birthday

I have been celebrating my Birthday abroad for the last 8 years! I go on and on about how to Turn Your’ Birthday Into A Lifestyle With These Tips. My trip to Paris was a lovely weekend getaway for me because I was able to behave like a BIG KID and head over to Disneyland Paris!

The city is the 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed with wide boulevards and the River Seine. Want to find out more about the trip to Pari? Read France Paris: A 3 Day Romantic Trip In Paris.

disneyland paris

11. Bologna for a day!

Another day trip! I think you can tell I went on a lot of day trips this year! The city of Bologna was absolutely beautiful known to be lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval and Renaissance structures such as City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio.

It has so much culture, history and PORK! The first-day trip that I where I saw some sun and was introduced to a tour guide. Again another piece that is waiting to be tweaked and published for you all to read. For now, enjoy the photography!

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La Piccola Venezia
Lessons learnt in Bologna: That the fountain of Neptune in Bologna has an optical illusion. 

12. Oslo for another day trip haha

A day trip that I was not expecting even to happen, but was glad to be asked! When Jenna of Jennas World Views asked me to come along to Oslo, I couldn’t really so no could I? Ha! To be honest with you I was itching for another trip! Another capital city which is known for its green spaces and museums. Not necessarily on the cheap side but has some fantastic sites. Content again will be coming to you soon, so head over and subscribe.

I was starting to believe that I had no content written for any of my destinations of 2019!  

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Liz and Jenna with me in Oslo

13. Riga for a travel conference

Riga I thought would be my last destination of 2019. A city that is considered a cultural centre; home to many museums and concert halls. This was a very different trip for me – my first ever travel conference abroad. I had never been to Riga, Latvia and thought it would be good to experience both in one go! You know kill two birds with one stone or flight! 

Want to know how the travel conference went? Then head over to read: My Very First WitSummit In Riga, Latvia

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Memories in Riga: Playing with bubbles in Riga and realising how much meaning it has in real life. 

14. Finally to end the year brunch in Gdańsk

Oh my! The coldest country I have ever travelled too in my life! It was -2 degrees! Although it was cold, I was glad to experience the Christmas markets and have brunch with a few amazing ladies that I usually only speak to on the socials lol. 

Gdańsk is known for having several historical attractions, such as the Royal Way, a famous promenade street of Polish kings, along with historic cathedrals, medieval ports and heaps of cool cafes. I will be doing a Christmas special on my Instagram so head over and don’t be shy to say hello!

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Christmas in Poland
Lesson learnt in Gdańsk: Don’t be afraid to share your experiences and lessons learnt with people.

Thank you to you all… 

Thank you to all of you for the support you showed me while I was in Greece, Athens. I will never forget what you all did, and you all have a special place in my heart. I love you all.

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Thank you for planning most of my day trips Caroline of Travel Eat Slay they have allowed me to see Europe in a different light.

Final Thoughts on my destination of 2019…

And to you, all, thank you again for reading my destination of 2019. I visited 14 countries this year! Wooow impressive I will say. 

I have left each country with a memory or a lesson. Every destination has opened my eyes in one way or the other (some more than others for obvious reasons). Would I change anything? Maybe. Yes? Actually No. All these things happened for a reason. I don’t exactly know why, but God does. I have also met some fantastic people (online and in-person) along the way which I will never forget.

I hope my journey tells and shows you that you can travel and you shouldn’t ever allow anyone to stop you from seeing the world. You are in charge of how you see the world. I hope you subscribe and stay tuned for my post coming on How to make 2020 a Year of Travels.

What about you where did you go this year? Let me know in the comment section below. Do you have any regrets this year/ what was your fave destination of 2019?

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My Very First WitSummit In Riga, Latvia

I am still reliving the Witsummit conference that I attended last month. When I relaunched my blog this year, I knew I wanted to take it seriously. I had long hard conversations with Jenna of JennasWorldView about why I should relaunch my blog. She and others wouldn’t let me rest.

Always so grateful to the encouragement, because 6 months later I’m writing about my first travel conference. I had written down that I was keen to network by going to more events, stay consistent and invest on my platform. Read: Tips On How to Get Your Groove Back Into Regular Content

My Very First WitSummit In Riga, Latvia

This was my very first travel conference abroad, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I am mean what are you supposed to expect? At the event, there were influencers, bloggers and industry members all ready for a weekend to share information, network and more. The event was held in Riga at the Radisson Blue Latvija Conference and Spa Hotel. I, of course, stayed in a hostel! JOKING – I stayed in an Airbnb.  

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What is WitSummit? 

The Woman in Travel Summit (WITS) is an event for travel influences, creators, and industry. Running for six years, it brings together some of travel’s top talent to discuss future innovations, builds dynamic collaborations, and change to the travel industry worldwide. It does this all while supporting and empowering a diverse community. WITS is organised by Wanderful, a top network for women travellers with a reach of over 40k worldwide! Amazing right?!

I can tell you now that I was extremely excited about this event! On arrival, I couldn’t believe the various women I met and from all over the world. These women were all real nomads. It was great being in an environment where women shared a genuine love for travel and content creating! I felt like the conference had a real intimate nature.

Cost:

The event itself cost me around €149 (euros) – please note this ticket was purchased on a discounted rate. I believe the original price for the event was around €249Again note the ticket price is not included in your transport or accommodation – this was all done separately. If you would like to know the details please contact me. My flight was reasonable, at £65 pounds. I flew with the lovely cheap and cheerful Ryanair (ya’ll start paying me) booked via my absolute fave Skyscanner!

I arrived on a Thursday evening (quite late in the evening); surprised by how friendly Latvian people were to me. After everything that happened to me in Greece, I must admit my guard has been on real high alert! But I was really put at ease when I arrived. 

On my first day…

The first day was an early start for me! You should know I don’t do early mornings unless I am catching a flight! 

I had to wake up bright and early to do my make up and get my eyelashes on and meet the tour guide for my trip to Ķemeri National Park. This was a very memorable experience indeed, and you should read more about it. The day went quite quickly. After lunch, we were taken back to the hotel, where I was given the option to register early. Exhausted after such an eventful day, I decided to head back to my Airbnb and have a nap.  

The night finished off with a WitSummit evening welcome party! Impressed by this event is an understatement! It was absolutely amazing! A great way to see how everything was planned and organised.

We were picked up from the hotel via coach and taken to the venue for our party and dropped back. There was performances, food (you know you have won me over when you have food at an event), a DJ’s and a photo booth – check out the photos below:

I met some amazing women, some of which I had been following for a while.  Of course, I wanted to enjoy the night some more so went out to party with my new friends afterwards. We event went on to an Afro Pop party. I have no comments on how that party went but knew it was time for a girl to go home!   

On my second day… 

The second day was the opening day! This was the first official day of the WitSummit. I woke up bright and early to head over to my sessions. The first session I went to – Achieving Success on a Global Scale: Pitching Brands for Products, Payments, and Press Trips. It was about growing your blog and how to turn it into a business where you can create your own opportunities. These were the speakers for the session:  

Kirsty Leanne of Plus Size Travel Too 

Kirsty Leanne is a Plus Size Travel Blogger from the West Midlands, UK. With a successful travel blog and five years of experience behind her, Kirsty has become a spokesperson when it comes to pitching brands as a micro-influencer. 

Pola Henderson of Jetting Around 

Pola Henderson is a travel writer, city explorer, and founder of the blog Jetting Around. She has been featured as a writer or travel expert on CNN, MasterCard, Expedia, NPR, WBEZ Chicago, and more. Travelling has been a part of her life since she was three.  

Although I was 5 mins late, I was extremely impressed by what I gained from the session. I learnt about how to pitch to brands and most importantly, how to have confidence in my own personal brand!  

The second session I went to was a called – Building Travel Campaigns that Reflect the Diversity of the World We Live In. An insightful talk about diversity and inclusion in the travelling world. These were the speakers for the session:   

Vivienne Dovi of Melanin Travel 

Vivienne Dovi is the founder of Melanin Travel, a platform creating events, guides and content for the African Diaspora. Combining her 20+ years of travel and passion for diversity, Vivienne turned her lived experiences into a bustling community of over 13,000 travellers. 

Martinique Lewis of Skyroom

Martinique Lewis is diversity in travel consultant, content creator, and Influencer Manager. Trusted amongst her peers as a “connector,” she is always connecting the dots to ensure the travel industry is mindful of diversity and not just as a “buzzword.”

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Cherrie Osborne of Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority 

Cherrie Osborne has become a familiar name in the tourism industry, not just in the United Kingdom, but across Europe and in the Caribbean. Her distinguished reputation, far and wide, has grown over the years 

Jamie-Lee Abtar of The Travel Marketer 

Jamie-Lee Abtar is a travel marketer, brand builder and creative innovator. A regular speaker on topical travel issues, Jamie-Lee has a history of helping travel brands to build strong, profitable relationships, conceptualising. 

After these sessions, we were served with lunch, another great way to speak and network with other women from around the world. 

Power Networking Sessions

WitSummit organised a Power Networking session, which allowed me to book meeting and speak to a few brands that work with travel content creators like myself. A very full, packed and engaging day. The night finished off with a lovely meal at Ludo and a trip to the opera house to watch the ballet. Read 11 Amazing Things You Must Do In Riga, Latvia

On my third day… 

The final day was the best! Again, it was another early start attending sessions and more networking! 

The first session was at 9 am in the morning! Called Instagram: Understanding Analytics and Using the Power of Stories to Grow Your Brand. Here I was about to learn how to grow my Instagram following! The speaker for this sessions was lovely. Still, I don’t personally feel that the course was for me. All the same, it was good to go along and again network with different women. The speaker for this was: 

Nour Brahimi 

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Nour Brahimi is a storyteller, the first Algerian travel YouTuber, and the first female Algerian travel vlogger. A 2019 nominee for Best Algerian YouTuber of the Year and Best Algerian Instagrammer of the Year, her goal is to break stereotypes with online video and to empower women.

The next session called: What’s Your Story? How to Bridge the Gap Between Narrative Storytelling and SEO.  Here I learnt the power of SEO. The speaker for this: 

Flora Baker of Flora the Explorer 

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Flora Baker speaking on SEO

The blogger Flora Baker is a freelance travel writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveller and Coastal Living. Over the last decade, she has worked with Bollywood celebrities in India and musicians in Iceland, built artificial limbs in Bolivia and constructed houses in Brazil. 

And the final session was closed with a keynote from Lola Akinmade Åkerström. She spoke about finding your true passion and challenged the audience to understand that travel is not their only passion. 

Lola Akinmade Åkerström 

Lola at Witsummit with MyBreakingViews

Lola Akinmade Åkerström explores culture through food, tradition, and lifestyle for high profile publications such as National Geographic Traveler, BBC, The Guardian, and Lonely Planet, amongst others. She has collaborated with many well-known.

The questions Lola asked were incredibly insightful because it forced me to ask myself some hard questions – like why do I love to travel? And what really is my true passion? I am still figuring that out, but I hope to get there soon. 

Lola giving her presentation

Beth Santos Wanderful / Women in Travel Summit 

Beth is the Founder and CEO of Wanderful and creator of the Women in Travel Summit.

On my final day… 

I stayed an extra day to see more of Riga. Another early start (I think by now you can tell that I am not big on my early mornings lol). We took a taxi to the most colourful church I have ever seen in my life. I would say it’s actually an excellent location for Instagram photos! Check out mine below: 

We then bought some croissants and headed back to the hotel for our walking tour in Riga! I, of course, took lots of pictures and learnt a lot about the history of Latvia. I would suggest to anyone in Riga to take a walking tour. 

Final thoughts of WitSummit 

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I am delighted to of attended the European WitSummit! It was good, to network, and be in an environment of likeminded people! I think I will be definitely considering going to the next one in Gdansk! You can buy your tickets now!

Thank you for taking the time to have a read of my first travel conference abroad with WitSummit! Have you ever been to a travel conference which ones?

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11 Amazing Things You Must Do In Riga, Latvia

Riga is the capital of Latvia. A quite small beautiful city with lots of colourful and high buildings. You may have already caught up with my Riga stories on Instagram. However, if for whatever reason you haven’t. Do not worry. I’m about to give you a detailed list of things to I did and you can do when in Riga.   

As you may already know, I went to Riga last month for a travel conference with WitSummit! I will be writing about this and will publish next week. But it wasn’t just the conference I attended. There was a bunch of other tours which the sheswanderful had organised for us to participate in. So what did I do in Riga?  

11 Things to do in Riga, Latvia

1. Go to Latvian National Opera

I was informed that the Latvian people love their performing arts, so visiting the opera house felt surreal for me! I was delighted to go and see the ballet. To be honest with you, I wasn’t truly sure what to expect, but as it was only €8 (euros), I thought it would be improper to miss out on the opportunity. 

Would you like to go? If you’re ever in Riga and have some time get yourself some tickets for a performance.   

2.Head over to St. Christopher’s Church 

One thing I noticed on my walking tour in Riga was the several churches in the beautiful city. After the travel conference finished, a friend suggested heading over to Christopher’s Church. Although it was hella cold. I was grateful to see such a beautiful view of the city. The escalator is quite tricky to manage with a big group of people, but once you are up high, you will be consumed by such a breath-taking view.  

I only paid €5 (euros) to get the top and would say it was totally worth it!    

Note: when you are in the building, try and be very quiet as there may be a church service going on.    

3. Try some Latvian food at Ludo    

Latvian food is delicious, and Ludo is a must! The restaurant is cheap as chips! You have a variety of selections to choose from. Then you pay at the counter.  

Listen I was able to get a 3-course meal with mulled wine (who else loves mulled wine) for less than €15 (euros) tell me that isn’t a bargain!   

4. Try out some food at the central market   

The fish market in Riga

I went here a couple of times while in Riga, and would say it’s a place that you do not want to miss! It has all sorts of clothes and essential household goods.  

Oh, and a whole variety of Latvian food. You guys know that I love me some good food! It also has a fish market where it displays living fish! Be sure to not miss the market. I would suggest it as a place to go for a relaxed, quick lunch. 

5. Take a picture outside the House of Black Heads 

I knew I wanted to get a picture here when I heard Black Heads! I would say it was undoubtedly one of the main attractions of the city. The building was built in the 13th century, bombed during WWII. 

6. Soviet Architecture   

Also known as the Academy of Science or Stalin’s Birthday cake, take your pick. I personally think it sounds excellent as Stalin’s Birthday cake. Again, like the St. Christopher’s church, it has terrific views from the top! 

For just under €4, you can head up to the 17th-floor for more breath-taking views of the city’s skyline.  

7. Take a stroll Downtown/ a walking tour

 

Yes, I did this for two days while I was there. Riga is actually a charming city with lots of colourful buildings. I was very impressed to see so much colour, with the buildings.  A walking tour should give you a background of the history and you will be able to ask questions along the way.

8. Visit a museum in Riga    

There are several museums in Riga. And I would say that it’s a great way to catch up with Latvian history is the Latvian National Museum of Art. The focus lies on paintings, but usually quite some lovely special exhibitions going on! Check it out here.   

9.Play with the bubbles  

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?? ??? ???? ???? ???? ??? ?? ??? ?????? ?????? ??? ???? ?? ? ??????? Hard questions to answer but one that you should. ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ As the year draws to end. I have started to think about all the things I do for myself as an individual. ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ I often watch people not go after what they want. I see people settle because that is what is easiest, myself included (honestly). We stick with what is comfortable. We stay in our bubble.⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Our bubble is what makes us comfortable. It's what we have learned, it's the known. But the known is not always the right way to live. We all have our own bubble. Everyone's is different, it's formed by our life experiences. Your bubble is easy to stay in, but difficult to get out off. ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Every time we do something new we step outside of our bubble and we become comfortable with it. The bubble gets absorbed and becomes a bigger bubble. Eventually, our bubble will become big and strong enough that we will no longer feel limited by anything. ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ People naturally look up to people with bigger bubbles than them. They aspire to be like them, they are amazed or simply intrigued because they live a different life from them. However, very few people take the steps to live outside of their own bubble and experience all the amazing things the world has to offer. ?⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ If you never step out of your bubble then you will never learn to live your dreams. ? So, I'm here to tell you it's not as scary as it sounds. If you can imagine it it's possible. Your life is limited to your own imagination.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ I would like to thank @huesofdelahaye for capturing this image ???

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Hahaha!! This is a funny one! I really do love this picture that was taken off me and would suggest that we should all take photos of ourselves and live our lives fully. This picture has so much meaning for me, and you can find out why on my Instagram.   

10. Visit the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church 

I have never in my life seen such a beautifully coloured church! This church is a marshmallow pink and blue orthodox church that is absolutely perfect for your Instagram posts. 

11. Head over to the national Kemeri National Park 

This was one of the first things I did when I arrived in Riga. I wrote all about it this week have a read – A Day Spent at Kemeri National Park

I hope you enjoyed reading a list of things you can do in Riga! Have you ever been to Riga before? Let me know if there any other cool stuff you did while you were there!   

 

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A Day Spent at Ķemeri National Park

This year I’ve made a considerable effort to try new things. You know go places I wouldn’t usually go to like the Boglands in Lativa @enjoylativa ??⁣⁣

If you have been keeping up with my stories, you would have seen that last month I put on my @hunterboots and space shoes (check out my Instagram to see more) and went walking through a Bog in Latvia. Something I never expected to do but was glad to have the experience. ⁣⁣

What is the Ķemeri National Park?

The Great Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk is a popular tourist destination in Riga. It’s a park that has moss, small pine trees, deep pools, tiny dark lakes, and the smell of wild rosemary. The bogland soil has inadequate nutrients, acid and in many places sodden. It means that most of the trees are not able to endure the harsh conditions.

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There are, however, a few surviving species, like pine and birch. When I was walking through the bog, there were berries which I was told where edible. I can’t say I had any if I’m honest with you. I did enjoy the experience. It was something new, which I think is always great. ⁣⁣

On arrival, I was asked to slip into some space shoes (picture below) to ensure I didn’t sink into the swamp! I was immensely thankful that I carried my wellies and thermal socks with me.

The National Park was my very first activity in Riga. I had initially changed my mind on actually going. I was so scared that I would sink into the swamp and would never be found again! Haha! I later decided that it was good to try something new! Hey, when was the last time you tried something new?

We walked through the swamp for approximately an hour. It was freezing and very wet! Despite the cold, I enjoyed the walk because it wasn’t something I usually do, and it made me think about experiencing more new activities in the world.

Lunch Time at Hercogs

The day finished at a lovely restaurant called Hercogs. We all enjoyed a three-course meal which was extremely lovely. The food was very much needed after walking through a swamp haha! The restaurant is located on a reformed gypsum factory which has been converted into two exclusive apartment complexes.

Getting there:

By coach: drive along Ventspils motorway (A10) as far as the sign “Ķemeru tīreļa Purva laipa” (Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk) – towards Ventspils about 200 m from the turning point to Ķemeri.

By public transport: follow the signs from Ķemeri rail station, first, cross the railway line and walk 1 km to Ventspils motorway as far as the cell-tower; we advise you to take the pathway running towards the right-hand side with the sign “uz Tīreļa laipu” (to the Tīreļi boardwalk). 

Hiking along the boardwalk is free, and the boardwalk is open throughout the year.

The car parking fee is 2 EUR.

If you have ever considered going to Riga, I would definitely suggest visiting Kemeri National Park.

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed my photos. I will be writing more about what I did Riga next week. Be sure to subscribe to the blog and follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more footage of my travels.

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