ISM exchange students enjoyed their last days of autumn by visiting the 2 remaining Baltic States - Latvia and Estonia. It all started on the early morning of the 29th of November. Exchange students from Kaunas campus joined us in Vilnius and the trip to Riga began. After crossing the border we visited one of the main sights of Latvia - Rundale Palace, a beautiful example of baroque architecture. We spend some time enjoying the exposition of the palace as well as the famous garden.
Once we got to Riga, our tour of Riga’s old town began. A guide showed us all the popular sights and introduced us to the history of the city. Of course, what better way to explore a city than to see it at night? Especially on Friday! Riga had a lot to offer and we’re sure that everyone will remember the capital with a smile on their face.
In the morning, still full of excitement, our team headed towards Estonia. Before crossing the border we stopped to see the Gulf of Riga - a bay of the Baltic Sea. Students who hadn’t seen the Baltic Sea up-close had a great chance to enjoy the beauty of the frosty, windy beach.
We reached our destination - Tallinn - in the afternoon and explored the main sights of the city center. We simply couldn’t miss visiting the local Christmas fair at the Town Hall Square. Everyone felt the Christmas spirit!
After the sightseeing tour we headed to our hostel, which organized a mini-excursion of its own. The owners showed us around the city and recommended great places for the evening. Students were free to experience Tallinn’s nightlife themselves. After the evening was over, the students could finally choose their favorite Baltic capital!
On Sunday we said goodbye to Tallinn and started our trip back home to Vilnius. The trip was a great opportunity for our students to bond with each other, as well as the students of Kaunas. And of course, the participants can now be called true explorers of the Baltic States, having seen everything the capitals have to offer. A great weekend, great company and a great introduction to the beginning of our winter adventures!