After months of isolation, the people of the Baltics are finally allowed to leave their homes and many are now gradually withdrawing from their domiciles like reluctant bears leaving their caves after a long session of mandatory hibernation. Many Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians are simply happy to be able to walk around their own cities in relative safety or to have a meal at their favourite restaurant, without the aid of a bicycle courier. Although holidays spent snorkelling on Red Sea reefs or sunbathing on Southeast Asian shores may be a long way away, it’s now possible for residents of the Baltic States to visit each other’s homelands in what has been dubbed the Baltic Travel Bubble. A combination of pragmatic action, reliance on science and a little bit of luck have made the three Baltic nations prime examples of good governance during the Pandemic as each of these countries has managed to keep Covid-19 infection rates and deaths relatively low. Not unlike the late 1980s and early 1990s when these captive nations held hands and sang their way to independence, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have now come together to attempt to revive their respective tourism industries. Residents of these nations are now able to travel freely across each other’s borders without self-isolation provided they adhere to local social distancing rules, so why not spread some cheer and Baltic camaraderie with your next-door neighbours this summer? With this in mind, we're currently working on essential digital guides to Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Riga, Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda and we will inform you as become available. The streamlined guides will include reviews of our favourite restaurants, pubs and museums that have survived the Pandemic and desperately need your support. They will also include tips on how to visit a museum and where to spend some much needed leisure time outside the home. The Riga guide is ready for your perusal here.
What else is there to say, except perhaps nägemiseni!, uz tikšanos! or iki pasimatymo!