Riga’s Art Nouveau Area from a Local’s Perspective

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Having now benefited from the literal quietness of Riga’s Klusais Centrs (Quiet Centre) or Art Nouveau area for over 5 years, I’ve developed a deep liking for more than the quality of sleep in this part of town. Light traffic, a high density of office spaces and no lack of greenery keep it calm. I […]

Moving to Latvia: Cian’s Story

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Cian Guckian moved from Ireland to Latvia and was happy to share his insights to help and encourage fellow expats to adapt to life in Latvia. What brought you to Latvia? Love brought me to Latvia. I met my partner Lena Pavlova in Dublin. She’s from Jelgava. I’d been to Latvia before to see an […]

Moving to Latvia: Joe’s Story

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Joe Horgan came to Latvia on a one-year scholarship. Six years later, he’s still here and living in Jelgava. We caught up to chat about his move and choice to stay. How Joe decided to move to Latvia I came to Latvia in 2013 as a Fulbright scholar. I wasn’t really sure where I wanted […]

Apps to Make Life Easier in Latvia

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A number of apps and websites can help make your life easier in Latvia. Here are a few favourites, which I use for everything from ordering cabs and food to learning Latvian. Loecsen – a great app for learning Latvian. A little effort will go a long way to getting to where you need to […]

Moving to Latvia: Fabrizio’s Story

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I met with Fabrizio Righetti – Italian chef extraordinaire, seasoned expat and new Riga resident- to talk about his decision to move to Latvia. Over a steaming bowl of cacio i pepe at his dear Bocca Buona restaurant, he revealed his confusion about Latvia’s culinary identity and shared what it’s been like to adapt to life in […]

Getting a Latvian Residence Card (for EU Citizens)

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When I moved here, I needed a residence card. Many of the hurdles that others have experienced seemed to elude me, the process was fast and easy! Here’s how to make obtaining your Latvian residence card easy. A few things about me to start; I have an EU passport and am self-employed. I also have […]

Moving to Latvia: Andreea’s Story

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Andreea Cheratoiu hails from Sinaia in Romania, which is deep in the Carpathian Mountains and popular for winter sports and hiking. Her career with the Radisson Hotel Group first took her to Ekaterinburg in Russia until she was offered the position of Cluster General Manager for three properties in Riga – two Park Inns by […]

What to Eat in Riga

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Inspired by Lonely Planet’s hot-off-the-press Ultimate Eatlist, I set about putting together Life in Riga’s own eatlist, which doesn’t require too much of a crazy adventurous spirit to eat your way through it. No Black Balsam shots or Laima chocolate, lots of greasy, hearty goodness instead. Enjoy eating your way around Riga! You may want […]

What Young People Talk About in Riga

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From quick exchanges by the office water cooler to heated, booze-infused debates at bars or sitting around a fire, there’s no shortage of intense and deep conversations in our lives. They’re amazing, those planned or unexpected conversations sparked by a simple cup of coffee, cocktails, the right mood or an odd mood. In Riga, I […]

The Latvian Firefighting Museum

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My two year old loves neenaws. Of all the big life talks that await him and me, I’m fine with the genital-ly ones but fear I’ll scar him deep when I explain the link between neenaws and bad news. For now though, junior balls can’t get enough of those neenaws. So it’s a bit of […]