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Social activities

Do you agree that social activities in Russian and cultural events in Riga are an important part of your stay and successful study process? Russian Language Academy Durbe does! You will have a great opportunity to join the social activities and find out new interesting information about Riga. Furthermore, you can visit the most important and exciting places in Latvia and practice listening and speaking Russian after the lessons!

On your first day of studies you are invited to join the complimentary free of charge weekly Riga’s Walking Tour. It takes place on Mondays for all the new students. You will be greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable guide and will see the most  interesting places of the nearest surroundings and the Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

You will learn about the Freedom Monument, Russian Drama Theatre and Latvian National Opera and will take a walk through narrow streets of Riga’s Old Town to feel its medieval breath. In addition to the cultural side of the tour you will have an opportunity to consult your guide about some specific shops, places of your interest, public transport stops, restaurants and cafes, souvenir shops and much more! Your guide speaks Russian, therefore, expect your vocabulary to be further expanded!

In addition, you are welcome to also sign up for various guided social activities in Russian offered 2-3 times a week for the extra fee. The coordinator is always happy to find out your wishes and expectations of the program. Don’t hesitate to ask about the cultural events in Riga and places in Latvia to go to on a particular date as well!

Excursions

You have a nice opportunity to use a comfortable tourist bus to view the various unique sightseeing places of Riga. See the city’s business centre and colorful parks and canals. Enjoy the view of the embassy elite district, the centre’s avenue. See the Riga Palace, the National Opera, the Freedom Monument, the Arts Academy. Moreover, there’s the Orthodox Cathedral, the Art Nouveau monumental buildings and the city’s post-Soviet residential communities to see!

Sightseeing buses: http://citytour.lvhttp://riga-tour.lv/en/

You can also explore the city on foot! See the city’s most historically recognized and hidden locations. These include the Great Guild (Liela ģilde) and the Small Guild (Mazā ģilde), the Powder Tower (Pulvertornis). Also Rāmers and Jirgerna Tower and the Swedish Gate (Zviedru vārti). Include curces: the Saint Jacob Catholic Church, the Saint Peter and John churches, the Convent of the Holy Spirit (Sv. Gara konventa seta). At last, don’t forget to check out the narrowest and “quietest” street in Old Town – Rozena Street.

Cultural life

Cultural events in Riga include some quality time spent in the theatre! Use this rare opportunity to check the local culture off your list! Go see a play, listen to the organ music, enjoy the ballet or go to the opera. Latvian culture or Russian – Riga has a lot to offer, so take your pick! For example, Riga Russian Drama Theatre is the oldest professional theatre in Latvia. Moreover it’s located mere 7 minutes away from Rusian Language Academy Durbe! In 2013 the theatre turned 130 years. Thanks to the artful conduction, strong actor’s team and thoughtfully created repertoire, the Riga Russian Drama Theatre is one of the best theatres in Latvia’s capital city.

But what can be more beautiful than the sound of classical music? The globally renowned pipe organ in Dome Cathedral is magnificent. Or perhaps you prefer chamber music performances for smaller audiences? Maybe you favor choral music or the stage arts? Riga is the true capital of culture and the arts in the Baltic region. There is a repertoire for every taste, every mood and every leisure requirement offered!

You can find more information about concerts, plays and ballet performances on the following websites:
Theatres:   www.trd.lv /    www.dailesteatris.lv /    www.jrt.lv /    http://www.opera.lv/en/home /  http://www.liveriga.com/en/
Concert Halls:  www.latvijaskoncerti.lv/en / www.bilesuserviss.lv

Nightlife

Riga’s nightlife is really exciting and full of fun. You can choose any of numerous nightclubs, casinos, disco bars, or music clubs. There you can meet Russians and practise the language. Visit „Studio 69” – one of the best nightclubs in the Baltics. A great way to enjoy your Friday evening!

Relaxation

Good relaxation is one of the basic parts of human life. There is a great variety of SPAs, water resort complexes and saunas for you to choose from. Make sure you visit the Russian bathhouse («Баня») – something very Russian (another exciting cultural event in Riga!) and extremely healthy. In the Slavonic culture, a “banya” has always played an important role. It is not only a washing room but a special club! There you can gather with fellow students, get to know each other and have a heart-to-heart talk.You should definitely try it!

Restaurants

Riga’s lovely cafes and restaurants turn the city into a gastronomic paradise of Northern Europe. Choose your favorite cuisines or try the new ones. The large number of dining offers will satisfy every visitor’s taste and desires.

The people in Riga most often arrange rendezvous at the Laima clock and then they head off for the Old Town where you can find the largest number of cafes and restaurants with cuisine from different countries in the world. You can enjoy traditional Russian cuisine in numerous Russian restaurants. The most famous are “Pelmeni XL” – good price value, “Krievu Sēta”, “Traktieris” and “Uncle Vanya”.

If you want to taste Latvian cuisine, a chain of restaurants – the “Lido” brand is the best suggestion. Their employees wear stylised folk costumes and offer modern interpretations of traditional Latvian cuisine.

If you’d like to try something else – there are a lot of international restaurants in Riga. Many of them offer a home delivery for sandwiches, pizzas or more exotic food. Kiosk “Narvesen”, cafeterias “CoffeeInn” and “Double Coffee” make really good take away coffee.

From exhibitions, festivals and historical monuments to castles, beaches and untouched wilderness – Latvia have a lot to offer you!

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