Tag Archives: Latvia

Karlis Ulmanis – Good Guy or Bad Guy? and other unanswered questions

Just when I think I’m starting to understand the Latvian psyche I start to observe things for which I can find no logical reasons. I have 3 questions which I would like some rational answers. Why is Karlis Ulmanis still … Continue reading

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Teaching in Latvia – Compared to the UK

Education, Education, Education – Part 3 Before I start, I think it only fair to point out that these are my first impressions. I have only had 4 months teaching experience in the Latvian education system so I have much … Continue reading

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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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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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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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First Impressions

Manic and information overload best describes our first week in Latvia. Trying to find our own home, opening banks accounts and finalising our UK tax and pension affairs are just some of the many tasks we have faced. Also coming … Continue reading

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Food Glorious Food

I’m not sure why the Latvians aren’t a race of teletubbies. All we seem to have done in these first 3 days is eat. If a friend calls round in England it’s a cup of tea and a biscuit. Oh … Continue reading

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Zipee Poland

Well 3 days and 2561km later, that’s 1600 miles to those of you who are mathematically challenged, we finally arrived in Jurmala, exhausted but relieved. Jurmala is a coastal town 25 km from the capital city Riga, famous for it’s … Continue reading

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56 Getups to D-Day

With only 56 days to departure date, I’m starting to wish I’d learnt how to make lists.  I’ve spent most of the last 40 years or so trying to avoid being controlled by lists now I’m realising how useful, no, … Continue reading

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