Category Archives: Rudeness

Men behaving badly

It’s no secret that men have some habits that we ladies find questionable. Unrestrained as they are by pressures to be ‘ladylike’, men are far more open about their bodily functions than we are. Farting and belching are sources of … Continue reading

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Smile. Confuse a Latvian.

When I started writing this blog as a light-hearted look at some of my experiences here, I was, of course, aware that some Latvians might not agree with (or gasp, might not like) some of the topics I wrote about. … Continue reading

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Here’s my number, so call me…at your peril

If meeting a Latvian on the street is a bit like running the gauntlet, speaking to one on the phone is more like running into a brick wall. Usually you end up playing the role of both caller and receptionist. … Continue reading

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Ode to my Bus Nemesis

  You’re at my bus stop every day, You never smile; that’s your Latvian way. You’re thin and blonde, not a hair out of place, While I’m a dragged out of bed disgrace. The bus pulls up; it’s full as … Continue reading

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Walk like a Latvian

I’m sure it’s happened to you. You’re walking down the street. Someone else is walking along in the opposite direction. Even though you try to avoid them, somehow you end up nose to nose. You move to the left, they … Continue reading

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Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the most miserable of them all?

Walking around the streets of Riga, facial expressions range from dour to miserable to downright homicidal. If you’re hoping for a cheery smile or a nod to brighten up that bleak wintry morning, you’ve come to the wrong city. When … Continue reading

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Small talk? Take a walk.

A typical conversation between two total strangers in Ireland might go something like this: Niamh: Hi, how are you? Sinéad: Ah grand, you know yourself.  Niamh: I do indeed… I’m Niamh. You? Sinéad: Sinéad. So, where are you from, Niamh? … Continue reading

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