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Category Archives: Latvian people
Expat has left the building
So Latvia, it seems like our time together has come to an end. Now, now, hold it together. It’s true that we’ve had our ups and downs, but I like to think that, overall, it’s been more positive than negative. … Continue reading
Posted in Expat, Humor, Humour, Latvia, Latvian people, Travel Tagged Carpe Diem, Emigration, Emotions, Leaving Latvia, Life, moving to Germany, The end of Expat Eye on Latvia 164 Comments
Why do people move to Latvia?
Should you take the leap and decide to move to Latvia, the first question you will probably be asked is “Why did you move to Latvia?”. Closely followed by, “But why? Why Latvia?”. Now I know why I moved here, … Continue reading
Posted in Expat, Humor, Humour, Latvia, Latvian people, Moving to Riga, TEFL, Travel Tagged decisions, Expats, Leopard print, Living in Latvia, Moving to Latvia, Sigulda, TEFL, why do people move to Latvia, Working in Latvia 133 Comments
Jānis and Gunta, sittin’ in a tree…
I recently agreed to do an interview for The Northern California Review (ZK Apskats) – a bulletin published by the Northern Californian Latvian Association. While my dealings with the Latvian media have been, on the whole, dire, I thought that this might … Continue reading
You’ll miss me when I’m gone
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 … Continue reading
Posted in Expat, Food, Humor, Humour, Latvia, Latvian people, Riga 182 Comments
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
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
Posted in Food, Humor, Humour, Janis, Latvia, Latvian people, Travel Tagged beer, Bikes, birthdays, Boulangerie, Fontaine Palace, Latvian men, Libava, Liepaja, Road trip, Rock music, Wine 101 Comments
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
Posted in Expat, Fashion, Humor, Humour, Latvia, Latvian men, Latvian people, Riga, Rudeness Tagged Body odour, Cafes, Cats, clothes, Customer Service, Driving on Latvian roads, Drunks, Man bags, Old people, Parenting, public transport, Shoes, supermarkets, TEFL, Vodka 177 Comments
Who’s your daddy?
A couple of weeks ago, I discovered a funny thing about Latvians. Yes, another one. But first, a little background… I recently met a couple of really nice Latvian girls – it seems they do exist. While I was out for a … Continue reading
New balls, please.
Hey Leppy! Any chance you can do a piece on Latvian tennis star Ernests Gulbis?? This was a request I received from a former colleague of mine in New Zealand. ‘Leppy’ is short for ‘leprechaun’, in case you were wondering. He’s … Continue reading
Posted in Humor, Humour, Latvian people Tagged Balls, beer, Djokovic, Ernests Gulbis, Family and babies, Latvian people, Leffe, Men's tennis, Prostitutes, Roland Garros, Sexism, Sport, Tennis, Women's tennis 122 Comments