[ July2016 ] The next day was Saturday. I had searched in advance and found that there would be a market called Kalnciems Fair outside of the old town of the city of Riga. It was open from 10am to 4pm only, so we decided to go there first. It is an unknown place for us so we thought of taking a taxi, but the receptionist at our hotel told us how to get there by bus in detail, so we decided to try that. First, we bought the pretty tickets at the kiosk. It was 1.15 euros per ride. We got on the No.22 bus as we were told and punched the tickets or rather touched the machine like the Oyster card system in London. The bus was functional. They showed the next three stops on the screen, so first time tourists like us could relax.
The market was very good with high quality goods. They were selling all sorts of things from foods such as bread and honey to handicrafts such as accessories and clothes. There were many things I wanted to buy. I did not know that Riga was a shopping paradise. In the end, we bought a three dimensional hand painted plate and some jewellery. Most of the vendors were very friendly and they looked genuinely happy when we bought their things, which made us happy, too.