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Question: What’s better than a long weekend away? Answer: A long weekend away where you don’t have to spend much money to have a good time. I’m a sucker for free things. Always have been. You know those free samples they give you at the deli counter in supermarkets? When I was younger I’d happily stuff my face with whatever was on offer, even if I didn’t like it. Now that I’m an adult and a vegetarian, I can’t quite get away with scoffing 23 chipolatas faster than you can say “Stop that small child!” anymore, but that doesn’t mean my love for free things has waned at all. Wherever I go in the world, and however long I spend there, I always try and scout out at least 2 cheap and cheerful free and fun-filled activities to get on with. This can be anything from hiking a really big…

Walking out of Riga International Airport on Sunday evening was like walking right into Christmas! There’s no other way to describe it; there was snow on the ground, twinkling lights scattered all across the city in the distance and it was cold. Oh, it was cold! But it was the nice kind of cold. You know, crisp and refreshing, the kind of cold that makes you want to don your bobble hat, grab a hot chocolate and listen to carol singers in the street. Not the type that makes your feet fall off and your personality resemble the Grinch. I hadn’t anticipated snow at all  (Apple Weather missed a trick there!) so it was a lovely surprise to see a seemingly fresh dusting of the white stuff all over the ground especially after having the spent the last eight months almost consistently baking like a potato in various spots across the globe. This time of year in…