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Linda in Wonderland?

Question: What’s more entertaining than a bunch of drunk, toothless, cross-eyed Russians playing football with an empty bottle? Answer: The 16th Annual Ice Sculpture Festival in Jelgava, that’s what! Or at least that’s what I hoped on Saturday afternoon as … Continue reading

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Jānis gets Yummier

Since our first meeting, Yummy Jānis and I have been restricted to getting to know each other better via Facebook as he lives in Jelgava (of all places). It’s been an eye-opening experience. For example, I recently discovered that Yummy is quite … Continue reading

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Expat Eye is One!

Today Expat Eye on Latvia is one year old! What a year it’s been – I’ve met some amazing people, both online and in the real world, and I’m so grateful to them for reading. I can hardly believe that … Continue reading

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The weird and wonderful world of Latvian names

For Christmas, one of my students gave me a calendar and, I have to say, it really is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only do I now know what day it is most of the time, I am … Continue reading

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Mobile Mania

Latvians are not the most verbose of people. In response to my ‘So, did you have a nice Christmas/New Year?’, I received, ‘Yes’. OK, OK, so it was a closed question – I should have known better. I quickly realised … Continue reading

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The Big 3-6

Yup, I’m no longer a 35-year-old spinster, but a 36-year-old one (who’s been ‘horny too long time’, if you believe the hype). My birthday was yesterday but as Tuesday is kind of a crap day to celebrate, I decided to … Continue reading

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Ice Ice Baby

After you’ve pissed off an entire country, there’s really only one thing left to do, and that is go to a place where there are lots of people from that country moving around, at speed, on very sharp objects. Yes, … Continue reading

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A few days in Dublin

I spent Christmas in Dublin and what a wonderful few days it was. In case you’re wondering, yes, Latvia let me back in. Passport control Jānis: What happened to your passport? Me: (Shrug) It got wet and sticky. (I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Latvians take over! (Part 1)

As I’ve said before, I’m taking a little break over the Christmas holidays. Rejoice/Bemoan as you will. In my absence, I’m running a few guest posts from Latvians – none of whom are called Jānis, oddly enough. The first post … Continue reading

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My 15 minutes

Becoming the most notorious woman in a country overnight is no fun. I’ve spent hours trawling through messages because, unlike some, I believe that everyone is entitled to their opinion so I’ve published them all – good and bad. It’s … Continue reading

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