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Day 31- Day at the Beach

Today we slept in and lounged until it was after noon! We then got ready and went to the beach! Since Latvia has such a big coastline and it was a warm day, we thought it was the perfect way to have a chill day! We laid out in the sun and played in the sand! I drew pictures and Alexander dug a giant hole, because we are really just children.

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The sand was so soft! We both agree that it was the finest sand we've ever felt!  


The sand was so soft! We both agree that it was the finest sand we've ever felt!  

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We had a very late lunch at the cafe on the beach and since it was so cheap, I also got a pina colada :) 

Speaking of cheap things- if you want an affordable place to visit, come to Latvia! Our apartment on AirBnB is lovely and is only $30 per night! Food is also very very affordable here!  

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We then took the bus home again. However, their buses aren't really buses- they are little light rails that must be decades old. They go along rails on the street and connect to cables above them. They are quite rattle-ly and have metal seats. Definitely different than the super new and efficient public transport of Scandanavia!  

On the way home, we stopped at a shopping center (I have been wanting to buy a sweater because even though I'm a Minnesotan, I'm cold all of the time!) in the hopes that their clothes were as cheap as everything else! Unfortunately, that is not the case, but it's okay since I didn't find one I wanted anyway.

We then came home and I made dinner while we watched a movie. We are now about to go to sleep and look forward to seeing a couple sights around the city tomorrow! 

 

Day Thirteen- Churchill's War Rooms

This morning it was unfornately time to check out of our hotel, but at least we don't have to leave London just yet. After indulging in our free continental breakfast for the last time, we checked out and headed over to Winston Churchill's War Rooms. 

I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was a really fascinating museum! We were able to see where Churchill ran World War II from. It's unbelievable how many important decisions were made in that tiny underground space. The bunker was turned into a very nice museum, with some of the rooms looking almost exactly like they did when Churchill and his staff were working there! (The only photo we took is the selfie below outside of the bunker. The giant queue behind us is people trying to get into the war rooms!)   

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Afterwards, we walked through St. James park back to Buckingham Palace. We planned to visit the staterooms since the Queen is gone on holiday in Scotland for the summer. Unfortunately, we did not think ahead and purchase tickets ahead of time. Instead, we bought tickets for tomorrow and instead walked around some palace gift shops and grabbed a late lunch from a nearby grocery.

By the time we finished, it was about time to check into our Air BnB. So, we hopped on the tube and headed to the east side and found our next home. We went to the grocery store and picked up some dinner and breakfast for tomorrow. Unfortunately, when we got home and opened up the refrigerated  microwave meals we brought home, they had clearly gone bad and smelled awful! So we just gave up and went to the pub down the street for dinner! 

Now, it's off to bed!