Category Archives: Latvian people

Bill Bailey vs The Latvians

I’ve always liked men who can make me laugh, and last night it was the turn of Bill Bailey to give it a try. And boy, did he succeed. The man is seriously funny – a mixture of stand-up, song, and a … Continue reading

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How to spot a foreigner in Riga

Taking into account the fact that the vast majority of Latvians are white (apart from when they’re solarium orange), and the vast majority of foreigners living here are white, you’d think that everyone would blend in together nicely. Not so. Foreigners … Continue reading

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It’s time to take out the trash

Last Saturday was ‘The Big Cleanup’ in Latvia. Courtyards or other areas are registered online, you simply have a look at what’s happening in your area, drop them a line and show up. As with most things in Latvia, I’m … Continue reading

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Are you being served?

Just for a change, I think I’ll start this post on a positive note. I have had some great service in Latvia. However, (yep, here it comes), the problem is that service levels here are so woefully inconsistent. When out … Continue reading

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If you’re Latvian and you know it, clap your hands

Flying to Dublin from Riga means flying with Ryanair. It also means travelling with a planeload of Latvians fleeing the country off to visit loved ones in the Emerald Isle. While this may not sound like the most thrilling prospect in … Continue reading

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How living in Latvia has changed me

Now that I can see the light at the end of my Latvian tunnel, I’ve been thinking about how I’ve changed over the last few years as a result of living here. Here’s what my profound thought process has come up with: … Continue reading

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In Latvia, you can’t win

I try to chat to my mother once a week on the phone and, over the course of our conversations, the blog usually comes up. Me: So, what did you think of such and such a post? Mammy O’Grady: Well, … Continue reading

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A little jaunt to Germany (Part 2)

I got up at the crack of dawn the next morning (or 10am, Linda-time). After a shower and breakfast, I threw on my coat – only to discover, to my dismay, that it looked as if I’d rolled around in … Continue reading

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Love Handles in Latvia

I’m always looking for new and interesting things to blog about so when my friend Lena called and said she needed a hand with something, I agreed straight away. Lena blogs over at Walking Mama, a website dedicated to helping new … Continue reading

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Something is rotten in the state of Latvia

If you’ve heard about Latvia in the news recently (apart from the Winter Olympics – three medals and counting), you’ve more than likely heard about how Latvia has one of the highest GDP growth rates in Europe, or how Latvia … Continue reading

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