Category Archives: Latvia

It drives me crazy

Walking around Riga can sometimes feel a bit like being an extra in ‘Night of the Living Dead’. Nobody seems to be aware of their surroundings or any of the other people around them – sometimes I wonder how anyone … Continue reading

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I left my arse in Liepāja

Last Saturday was my friend Guna’s birthday. You can imagine my excitement when it was announced that we would celebrate it by having a girls’ weekend in Liepāja.  Lazy day on the beach + biking to the restaurant for dinner, … Continue reading

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How do you solve a problem like a Latvian?

In my (almost) four years here in Latvia, I feel like I’ve got to the bottom of a lot of riddles concerning this land and its people. However, there are some things that still mystify me, even after all this time. … Continue reading

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Pinning down my ‘process’

When the inspirational Nancy over at My Years of Sweat asked me if I wanted to continue a blog hop focused on the writing process, my initial reaction was a resounding no. I’d never really given any thought to my process beyond pouring … Continue reading

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You want me to do what?

A few months ago, I received a message from a girl who works at an advertising agency here in Riga. The agency was involved in a pitch to make a promotional video for the Latvian Institute about Latvia taking over the Presidency of … Continue reading

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An open letter to Latvijas Pasts

Dear Latvijas Pasts,  Having lived in Latvia for almost four years now, I truly thought that I had scraped the bottom of the barrel when it came to deplorable customer service. However, on Thursday afternoon, your Čaka Street branch plumbed new … Continue reading

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(North)EastEnders

One thing my students say which never fails to amuse me is, “The best English is spoken in London”. Once I’ve picked myself up off the floor and wiped my eyes, I tell them to look up “EastEnders” on YouTube … Continue reading

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Where have all the Jāņi gone?

While on a walking tour in Berlin, I got chatting to a guy – as I do. Me: So, where are you from? Guy: I live in Nürnberg. Me: (Instantly suspicious)  Guy: And you? Me: Well, I’m from Ireland but I … Continue reading

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I’m spinning around

Well, I’m not spinning around but my washing machine is. Yes, you read that correctly – I FINALLY have a new washing machine. But as I don’t have Kylie’s gold hot pants (or bum), I’ve decided to show my appreciation in a more … Continue reading

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Will I get a happy ending?

I think that I might finally be nearing the light at the end of my washing machine tunnel. For those who missed the original post, I’ve had a broken washing machine for close to two months now, thanks to an exploding … Continue reading

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