I’ve decided to throw in the towel, ditch my west European values and attitudes in the bin and adopt Latvian values particularly when it comes to measuring time. The alternative was to have a nervous breakdown or go grey overnight or worse still both. I’m not complaining about the quality of Latvian workmanship, but trying to get an exact date when jobs will be completed is mission impossible. Take our plumber for example. The quality of the job he has done for us is excellent, but trying to get him to communicate to us when he will be on site is like trying to get blood out of a stone. He has never let us down and all the jobs that needed to be done before winter are virtually completed. Then the workman who came to repair the interior window surrounds after having the new windows fitted, turned up at 5.00 pm one Sunday and left at 10.00 pm. He turned up again the next day at 2.00 pm and then proceeded to work until 2.00 am on Tuesday morning. So I’ve decided not to stress any more and go with the flow.
It’s possible though that in the UK we have it totally wrong. All our life seems to be run by watching the clock and meeting deadlines, life always seemed so much more frenetic than here. When we wake, eat, go to work, go to gym, go to sleep etc is all dictated by the clock. Here in Limbazi life is certainly more easy going. Time seems to be measured in months not hours, minutes and seconds, events are dictated by the seasons and the weather not a clock. A few weeks ago a workman told me he wouldn’t be on site as he had to get his potatoes picked whilst the weather was fine.
Perhaps we have it all wrong in the UK and we should take lessons from the Latvians. Time will tell.