Decided it was about time I divulged some information about myself. So here goes.
My name is Andrew originally from Bolton in the north of England. I’m a strong believer that variety is the spice of life. Originally trained in hotel management, I worked in hotels and restaurants until the age of 28. At this point I jumped ship and sold computers until was 36 when I decided it was time for a change again. So I opened a bookshop. Although great fun it was a financial disaster and 5 years later I closed it down at great personal and financial cost. After a couple of years meandering I went back to University and trained as a mathematics teacher, which I have now been doing for over 15 years.
Inta calls me a gypsy because until she arrived in the UK 15 years ago she had only lived in two houses her whole life. Me, l’ve lost count of all my addresses over the last 60 years. All I do know is that Royal Mail has made a lot of money out of me using its mail redirection services. I’ve lived in Bolton, Cambridge, Preston, Richmond upon Thames and now Limbazi in Latvia.
I reached the sixty milestone in 2014 and decided it was time for a new adventure. If you can’t have adventures then you may as well be dead is my thought. I couldn’t afford not to work but being able to collect my teachers pension lessened the burden. Having been on several holidays to Latvia I decided it was some where I could live. After a few months of gentle persuasion Inta finally agreed. It wasn’t an easy decision as between us we have 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 4 brothers and sisters who all live in the UK. Not everyone was happy with our decision, but with modern communication technology we are able to keep in touch on a regular basis.
Being a bit of a foodie I’m hoping to be able to grow my own food and start to be more creative in the kitchen. Although we do need a kitchen first. Being closer to nature is a big bonus.
I created this blog so my family in the UK are able to keep up to date with our adventures. However if you enjoy reading it please feel free to comment and contact me.