Yesterday in the morning I headed to the train station. There is only on Sundays a train connection between Lithuania and Latvia. Typically the train drives from Vilnius up to the border, but on Sundays two trains are extended to Daugavpils. So I got lucky and took one of them. If I would have missed them, I would have to extend my stay in Lithuania by one week. It was also a nice experience, because the train already looked very tough and only 3rd class was available. I guess it was the first time in my life, that I officially travelled in the train by 3rd class. Nevertheless, almost all the time I had a mobile connection with 4G on my mobile phone. That would be unimaginable in Germany, as there is sometimes hardly any connection available.
In Daugavpils I had a common connection time of about 3 hours. This is nothing special in the baltic countries but quite normal. So in the end you need to take your time, when travelling by train. I used this time and made a small walk through the city with my backpack. I took an ice cream and it was necessary that I order that in Russian, as in Daugavpils almost everybody speaks Russian. So it’s a little bit confusing, that you order in Russian but paying Euro.
The train to Riga seemed to be not really more modern than the other one to Daugavpils. Nevertheless, what I have never been imagined even this old train had already free WiFi available. In the train to Riga a young women sit next to me. She was running a half marathon in Daugavpils and was just travelling back to Riga – wow not bad. She thought about coming bouldering with me today, but her legs were just hurting too much.