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Tag Archives: Smiling
Are you being served?
Just for a change, I think I’ll start this post on a positive note. I have had some great service in Latvia. However, (yep, here it comes), the problem is that service levels here are so woefully inconsistent. When out … Continue reading
Posted in Beer, Expat, Food, Humor, Humour, Latvian people, Rudeness Tagged Bars, beer, Customer Service, Food, manners, Muffins & More, Politeness, restaurants, Riga, Smiling, Stockpot, Wine 138 Comments
In Latvia, you can’t win
I try to chat to my mother once a week on the phone and, over the course of our conversations, the blog usually comes up. Me: So, what did you think of such and such a post? Mammy O’Grady: Well, … Continue reading
Posted in Culture and Traditions, Expat, Humor, Humour, Language, Latvia, Latvian people, Travel Tagged Berries, Conversation, Dace Melbarde, expat, Foreigners in Latvia, forests, humor, Humour, language, Latvia, Latvian people, Leopard print, Marmite, Mushrooms, Riga, Small talk, Smiling, weather 228 Comments
The Latvians take over! (Part 2)
The second guest post comes from one of my favourite Latvians. If we were guys, she’d be my brother from another mother. However, as there’s no female equivalent (that I’m aware of), I tend to think of her as my … Continue reading
Posted in Latvia, Latvian people, Riga, Rudeness, Travel Tagged Christmas in Riga, Creepy old men, Dog shit, Glaring, Guest post, humor, Humour, Latvia, Latvian people, LIDO, manners, Pensioners, Rude people, Russians in Riga, Smiling 159 Comments
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
Posted in Expat, Humor, Humour, Janis, Latvian people, Riga Tagged Adventures, Black Balzams, blog readers, Blogging, expat, humor, Humour, Janis, Latvia, Latvian men, Riga, Riga Old Town, Smiling 41 Comments
So I’m back in good old Blighty. This will be my home for the next five weeks. I flew into Luton airport on Wednesday afternoon and went to buy a bus ticket from the National Express office. Faced with the … Continue reading
Posted in Humor, Humour, Travel Tagged Cultural Differences, England, English people, expat, Friendly strangers, Humour, Latvia, Latvian people, Low-fat muffins, Luton Airport, National Express, Politeness, Smiling, Tea with milk, TEFL, travel, Waiting 31 Comments
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
Posted in Expat, Humor, Humour, Latvian people, Rudeness Tagged British people, expat, Humour, Idioms, Irish people, Latvians, Music, Smile, Smileys, Smiling, Songs 45 Comments