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As the enormous Tallink ferry in which I was sailing departed Riga’s dock and increased speed to the north along the Daugava River, the landscape immediately began to change. Though Latvia’s capital city is quite vibrant, as well as being the largest city in the Baltic countries, as soon as we set off from the passenger terminal, the city faded away.
We were headed to Stockholm, Sweden, as it was the only destination reachable by ferry; this one was to be a nice, overnight, 18-hour ordeal. Before the city’s few high-rises could fade into the distance, the shores to the sides of us became dotted with dozens of cranes or an entire palette of colors, all in full operation. There were some coal and oil refineries, as well as shipping companies and storage facilities. Something about the sun setting and the ultra-clear quality of the photos make it look almost as if they are of a highly-detailed model train set, no?