The forecast was correct. It was raining all day on the next day. We went out to see the Central Market of Riga, a huge place including 5 buildings which used to be hangers of Zeppelin. The market was only about 200 metres away from our hotel across a big road, but the atmosphere was totally different from the pretty old town of Riga. Each of the 5 buildings were selling different things; meat block, dairy product block, fish block and so on. The surrounding outdoor area of the buildings was the vegetable market. The vegetables were very fresh and there were an abundance of berries. We could smell dill. The Uzbek bread seemed popular so much so that there was a queue. I just wondered that the people here were the common Latvian people. There were many older women wearing rather not fasionable clothes and the language we heard was Rissian. At the far end of the market, they were selling incrediblly tasteless clothing. I suppose there must be demands for that. The bad weather could be the reason for the gloomy atmosphere, but we felt people were poor there.
When we walked further, there was the Latvian Academy of Sciences which is the Stalinist architecture. This kind of buildings are in Moscow and in Warsaw, too. The historical context is not very nice but the building was photogenic. Next to it, there was a Russina church. A ceremony just finished and many people came out, so we went in. Women had to wear scarves and it said that at a kiosk they lend one. I decided myself that the hood of my jacket was good enough, so I wore it and went in. There were some people kissing the icons. We have seen this many times, but here I felt they were dead serious, more than anywhere else.