Tag Archives: Riga

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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It’s a sad day

No jokes. No sarcasm. No pictures. Today is a truly sad day for Latvia. Yesterday evening, the roof of a supermarket in the outskirts of Riga collapsed. As is the way with these things, it happened at around 6pm, just … 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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A drinking challenge? Count me in!

I first became aware of Mr Ireland when he started commenting on my blog. His comments had the unfortunate effect of making me feel like everything I was doing in my life was wrong. “You should seriously think about reorganising … Continue reading

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Weekend at Porky’s

My friend has gone home and I am once again all alone in my little flat. Which begs the question – can a girl ever really be alone with a fridge full of delicious bacon and sausages…? But enough of … Continue reading

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Keep off the grass

I’m cold. C-c-c-cold. When I woke up this morning, it was an extremity-numbing 0°C. During the day, the temperature rose to a less-than-balmy 8°, but has now dropped again. In spite of this, the powers that be (my house mother, … Continue reading

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Laughter in Latvia

On Friday, a hilarious Irish person came to Riga. No, another one. Dylan Moran, to be exact. I’d noticed a poster for the gig a couple of weeks ago and raced home to buy my ticket. I was slightly disappointed when … Continue reading

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A Blouting in Riga

If you read my previous post, you’ll know that today was my first ‘blouting’ with a guy called Jānis. And yes, that really is his name. We’d arranged to meet at 6pm as we both had stuff to do in the afternoon, … Continue reading

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Oh Jānis, my Jānis!

This Sunday sees me going on my first ever blog outing (or ‘blouting’, if you prefer). ‘What’s a blouting?’, I hear you ask as you scoot perilously close to the edge of your sofa. Well, a blouting is where you … Continue reading

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