Author Archives: Englishman in Latvia

Latvia, North, East or North East Europe?

In my last blog I seemed to have offended some people by claiming Latvia was in East Europe. No offence intended. I would be grateful for other Latvian opinions on where Latvia is situated. Please give me your logical reasoning, not … Continue reading

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Ranting Time

Does the Latvian economy want overseas investment or not. I want to buy a house, the seller wants to sell her house. But the level of bureaucracy, inefficiency and incompetence in the system is astounding. Let me give you a list … Continue reading

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Celebration Time – Come On

Party season really started in earnest this week; pre Jani party on Tuesday and dancing in the street with excellent live bands at a packed Kalnciema Kvartāls on Thursday and a school graduation celebration on Friday. Three midweek socials; life was … Continue reading

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Have you seen the little piggies crawling in the dirt?

Bonus point if you get the band and album from which this song was taken. Never mind the piggies though, because it occurred to me, over the weekend, that I rarely see any animals in the fields in Latvia. I think … Continue reading

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Shopping Blues

Shopping seems to have become our most popular pastime since arriving in Latvia. Late yesterday Inta invited one of her cousins for lunch today (Sunday). The fact that we had no food in the fridge coupled with the fact that … Continue reading

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Week 5 – Englishman goes Viral, Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank, thank you, thank you. What a crazy 10 days it’s been. I’m plodding along getting my usual 20-50 views per day when I wake up last Thursday to check if any comments need approving or replying to. What I find I … Continue reading

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Latvian Economy – I don’t get it.

I recently had need of a bicycle pump. I noticed on the road out of Riga, just past Spice, a sign saying Elkor Sports. So in we went. WOW!!!! Possible the best stocked sports shop I’ve ever seen. Huge range … Continue reading

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Latvian Conspiracy Uncovered

When in the UK, no matter how hard I tried, I could never find a pair o slippers I liked. I now know why. It seems like Latvia imports the 90% of the worlds production of slippers. Every home you … Continue reading

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My Favourite Latvian Foods

I love food, so I just thought I’d share with you my favourites since arriving here. Karums (don’t know the generic term for them) – for those non-Latvians reading this I better explain what they are. They are a small block … Continue reading

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Week 4 – Making Progess

Sorry this post is later than usual but have had a very busy weekend planning and celebrating Inta’s birthday. I won’t say which one as it’s a lady’s prerogative to disclose her age. Last week started off with a bang, … Continue reading

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Week 3 – What a roller coaster

Wow what a roller coaster of a week; started going down, then went up, went down again and then finished with a wonderful weekend in Latgale region. The week started off on Monday with us going to immigration to register. … Continue reading

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Eight things you didn’t know about Latvians

Decided to update my list after living here for a few months now. The first 6 items were on my original list.  They don’t eat crisps or peanuts with beer – Crisps and peanuts are definitely off the menu when … Continue reading

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Reflections of Week 2

Reflections on Week 2 It’s just dawned on me that I’m impatient. I want things to happen now not next week or next month. Does that mean I’m a spoilt brat. I dare say my siblings would say I am. … Continue reading

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First Day at Work in Latvia

A very interesting first day at the International School of Latvia. I’m not sure what the leadership team in my previous schools would think about if they could see, students not wearing uniforms, pupils hugging pupils, teachers hugging pupils, teachers … Continue reading

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What Car?

Need to buy a car but it seems much more complicated here and the criteria are different than the UK. Due to a lack of investment during the Soviet period of occupation, the roads compared to the UK are pretty … Continue reading

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