One cold night in Riga, Kris and I were down in “old Riga” having a beer. We were just shooting the breeze and people watching when we noticed some girls across the way in a bar looking at us. Being too lazy to go over we beckoned to them to come over to us.
Surprisingly, they left the warmth of the bar and came out into the cold and over to our table, where we invited them to take a seat. We all small talked for awhile and ordered some Long Island Ice Teas, as you probably know a rather powerful blend of white spirit nips.
The girls claimed they were Russians, from Moscow. Kris asked them a few questions about where exactly in Moscow they came from as he knows the town quite well. The reckoned they came from the circus area and we assumed they meant the Moscow Circus. Having a weekend in Riga was the reason they were there.
The girls kept urging us to drink up and go with them to the dance club next door. Being famous for our awesome white guy dancing we agreed.
So we made our way into the Enigma Night Club and were surprised to be the only people apart from staff. The girls organized some vodkas shots right away. When they arrived there was two size shooters … two small and two tall. Kris and I were given the tall ones which we threw down our throats then hit the dance floor.
Man are we fabulous dancers (not) but this did not seem to phase these girls at all, in fact they seemed to become incredibly excited with us both. Now who could blame any normal girl for getting overwhelmingly hot while checking out the moves of the Reid boys! Normally it just takes a hell of a lot more alcohol to get even a little bit of this same response. So I’m beginning to wonder about it… because I do have a super fast brain as anyone can tell you.
While I’m jumping around like a fool with a tall Russian girl hanging on for dear life another round of shooters appears magically. Once again the two different sizes are shared out. Kris and I get the tall ones. Shoot shoot!
Back to dancing and groping.
Meanwhile my giant brain has been pondering the situation and has raised an alert. Listen you fool! What was that article you just read the other day, you know the one about clubs that way overcharge tourist for the drinks and force them to pay. Wasn’t it a pommie that got ripped for $5,000?
Hmmm… could it be that these girls really were not under our magical spell?
I spied the shooter glasses and could see a bill shoved into a glass. Maybe I better take a look at that, just in case my manly charms are not the real reason this girl is hanging on every word I utter.
I unravel the bill and look down at the total … can that be right… let me think… we had 8 shots of vodka, would that really come to the equivalent of $100?
I looked over at Kris who was doing his best white guy moves, well as good as you can with a girl draped all over you. I got his attention and showed him the bill. Funny how he can shrug and the girl drops like a coat to the floor.
“Screw them” or words to that effect says Kris “Let’s get out of here”
The girls get all excited cause their idiot marks are heading for the exit. All sorts of angriness starts emanating from them and even attempts to block our exit. I get confused and separated from Kris who has powered ahead. So I figure the best thing for me to do is pay so I pull out my wallet. Next thing Kris is back and grabbing my arm. We push through the crowd with him yelling at the bouncers “if you don’t like it call the cops!”
They don’t but they don’t make a move to call the cops, so we just leave.
We reach the old Riga night air and spot some cops. We tell them our story and they basically tell us to bugger off and they take their own advice.
We decide we need a beer so we head to a huge tent with a band playing and tons of people having a good time. Kris goes to the bar to order.
When he returns he finds me entertaining a table of a dozen women from Sweden. We’re all laughing because I’m such an accomplished story teller, apparently.
The night pretty much becomes a blur from this point on and both of us can only remember snatches of an entire night.
It was not until the next day we realized the Russian girls had drugged us with Rohypnol. We can only assume that the purpose was to get us so relaxed it would have been easy to rob us.
Lucky escape, plus we got free drugs 🙂
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