Category Archives: Travel

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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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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Unleashing my inner German

I’ve just got back from six days in Berlin, and wow, what a fantastic time I had. Berlin is an amazing city, full of life and energy. I did some touristy stuff, did some less touristy stuff, met some great people, … Continue reading

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On yer bike

I love meeting up with the people who read my blog. So far, it’s brought Lasma, Yummy Janis, Tamara and Gunta, among others, into my life. And apart from one slightly hairy moment with Gunta, it’s gone really well. Gunta: … 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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A few days in Daugavpils (Part three)

Yet again, I woke up at the crack of dawn, thanks to the paper thin blinds and the creaking of old trams (and old bones) outside my window. After trying to convince myself that I was asleep for another couple of … Continue reading

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A few days in Daugavpils (Part two)

Of Daugavpils, my (admittedly out of date) Lonely Planet had this to say: It’s hard to smile when the grey sky matches the grey of crumbling Soviet block housing… a city with as many prisons as churches… Rigans will snicker when the … Continue reading

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A few days in Daugavpils (Part one)

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“It’s a total shithole.” “It’s a dangerous shithole.” “It’s a shithole full of crazy people.” My friends’ reactions when I voiced my travel plans only made me more curious to check out Latvia’s…

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A few days in Daugavpils (Part one)

“It’s a total shithole.” “It’s a dangerous shithole.” “It’s a shithole full of crazy people.” My friends’ reactions when I voiced my travel plans only made me more curious to check out Latvia’s second largest city. Daugavpils, with a population of … Continue reading

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Districts and drop toilets

As me walking around Riga is apparently ‘news’ in this country now, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to do it again. Crazy, I know… When my good bluddy, John, over at The Real Riga  said that he had another ‘district … Continue reading

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