Tag Archives: expat

Breaking News! I do not hate Latvia!

As some of you know, last week I wrote a post about moving to Riga. The reason behind it was that I get a lot of emails from people thinking of moving to Riga because they’ve seen a pretty picture or … Continue reading

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What to expect when you’re expatting

Came to Riga for lurve? On the run from some dodgy people back home? Or maybe, like me, you just wanted to get out of the arsehole of Poland as quickly as possible. Whatever your reasons, you’re here now so … Continue reading

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A brush with a Latvian

Well, well, well. Here we are at the 100th post on Expat Eye. Who would have thought that the Latvians and Latvia could be so damn (unintentionally) entertaining? Not me, that’s for sure. Anyway, I thought that for the 100th … Continue reading

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Thinking of moving to Riga?

Ah Riga – the ‘Paris of the North’, the ‘Jewel of the Baltics’, and recently voted ‘Europe’s prettiest city’ in a survey by USA Today. Right now, you’re sitting in your cosy pad in the US, the UK, or wherever, a … Continue reading

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You had me at ‘Hello’

If you do come to Latvia, chances are you’ll meet a few Latvians. And, if you’re really lucky/unlucky (delete as appropriate), you might even get to know some of them. One day, you might bump into the same Latvian twice. … Continue reading

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Soccer, sex and Stockholm

My little home from home has a lot to celebrate at the moment, though clearly not in football as Ireland whupped Latvia 3-0 on Friday. (I couldn’t not mention that.) Far cheerier is the fact that Latvia celebrates Independence Day … Continue reading

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From your sofa, no one can hear you scream

I’m sure many women join an online dating site hoping that behind every cute nickname, every sweet message, Mr Right will be waiting. But because a) I live in Latvia which means that b) the vast majority of men are … Continue reading

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Here’s to the freakin’ weekend. I’ll drink to that.

And I did. Oh, how I did. On Friday night, I was invited to my friend Lena’s birthday party. But this was no ordinary birthday party – it was a macaroon-baking party. With wine. The dress code was supposed to … Continue reading

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Jānis, Jānis! Wherefore art thou Jānis?

Today I did something that Mammy O’Grady would definitely not approve of. (Among other things) I joined a Latvian dating website. And no, before you jump on the mammy bandwagon, I haven’t completely lost my mind. You see, I’ve come … Continue reading

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An O’Goddess in the kitchen

The Latvian men in my life see me as many different things – unintentionally hilarious Irish person, friend, drinking buddy, teacher, last-minute proofreader, shoulder to cry on when their mad Latvian girlfriend does something mad, Plan B girlfriend… However, the one … Continue reading

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