Well, my dear Latvians, our time together is almost at an end. Try to hold back the tears. While I know that you’ll miss me desperately, fear not, there are several other foreigners out there writing blogs on Riga/Latvia too. Of course, none of them can quite replace me, but maybe all of them together can half-fill the void I leave behind. Here is a selection for you to get acquainted with, while I try to figure out how to fit my entire wardrobe into one suitcase.
First up, it’s one for all the foodies out there. Food in Riga is a brutally honest, often very funny, look at the restaurants here. The review of Lielais Kinas Muris even made me wince a couple of times, and that’s not an easy thing to do. It’s written by Michael, a Swedish guy, who I’m currently trying to lure out for a pint because
Scandinavian guys are hot I like talking about food.
Next up is Heather over at Ferreting out the Fun. She’s only been living in Riga for a little over a month and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting up with her a couple of times. Her blog focuses on various touristy things you can do in Riga, and I’m sure once she finds her feet, she’ll be venturing further afield as well. So if you’re feeling a bit suicidal after reading a few of my posts, I recommend checking out her super-positive blog.
One that I’m particularly interested in is the perpetually confused Englishman in Latvia. He’s already got the Death Stare from his Latvian fiancée, so depending on what she lets him write, this could be fun. He’s also working on renovating an old house in Limbaži, muddling through the various pitfalls of dealing with Latvian tradesmen, and almost being killed driving to and from his house. Spelling and grammar aside (well, he is English), this is one to watch.
Life in Riga is a semi-foolproof guide to moving to Latvia. There’s no such thing as a foolproof guide to moving here as you have to factor in the Latvians. Written by a Scottish guy and two locals, it’s a practical, honest guide to what you can expect when you move here. Their post on driving in Latvia gave me an extreme case of writer’s envy and I can’t give a blog higher praise than that.
And last but not least, it’s my good bluddy John over at The Real Riga – yes, it’s another pesky Irish person writing about the places Latvia would rather foreigners didn’t see. John is on a mission to visit all 58
shitholes districts of Riga, “warts, šašliks, Valmiermuiža and all”. He often saves the very best places for me so next weekend, we’ll be hitting Sarkandaugava. I’m sure I’ll love it.
If anyone knows of any other blogs on Riga or Latvia, pop them into the comments. I’ll let Delores sing us out – because yes, other countries have music too. (All together now ‘Du be duh, du be duh…’)
* To my fellow WP bloggers, my comments are being treated as spam at the moment, so if you’re wondering why I’m being so quiet, I’m not. I’m probably just languishing in your spam folder. Fish me out please!