All posts by Lelde Benke

Moving to Latvia: Māra & Daniele’s story

Māra is a Latvian who identifies herself as a third culture kid. Daniele is Italian. They met while working in Brussels and now call Latvia their home. Our entire conversation was in Latvian, it’s taken Daniele just one year to learnt it fluently. Kudos! We spoke about the practical and emotional aspects of moving to […]

But these grey peas are brown?

Guest post by Juris Benkis. It’s not easy being a translator or interpreter. Sure, it isn’t dangerous, except if you work in eastern Ukraine, Syria or similar high-risk zones, or happen to be whispering in the ear of a political leader who is being assassinated. But, fortunately, for most of us, life is much safer. […]

Weekend in Riga

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It’s impossible to be bored in Riga, especially at the weekend when you’ve got a smorgasbord of brunches, exhibitions, markets, festivals and concerts to choose from. Yes, this can lead to serious bouts of FOMO but then there’s always next weekend… Last year I pledged to share ideas for weekend adventures outside Riga but I couldn’t […]

A Day In The Life Of A Mum In Riga

What’s it like to be a baby mum in Riga? How does the day go by? Read the stories of two lovely local mums, Liana and Laura. Liana For the past year and a bit my days have mostly been spent together with my baby daughter Elīze. Compared to a lot of other countries (looking […]

A Day In The Life Of A Millenial In Riga

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What do Latvians eat? What time do Latvians start work? Do Latvians use mobile phones? I was legitimately asked that last one in France! To be fair, it was 13 years ago. But really, is life in Riga different to life in any other European city? Or even any American or Australian city? You be […]

Falafel in Riga

If, like me, you are partial to enjoying the occasional falafel wrap, may this list of falafel shops in Riga serve you well! Pakistānas kebabs These guys would know a Carolina Reaper from a jalapeno, they know the definition of hot. When they tell you not to choose the hot sauce, take their advice. It’s […]

Riga Weekend Adventures (part 2)

Part 2 in our series of mini adventures that are easy to tack on to a weekend in Riga. Combine a city break with an escape to the Latvian countryside! Ogres Zilie kalni nature park Unbelievably close to Riga is an utter paradise for nature lovers. Roam through the woods along a series of paths, […]

What to Buy at Riga Central Market

A shopping list for your next outing to Riga Central Market, certainly our favourite place to shop in Riga. Donuts Why? Because despite being the grumpiest vendor in the dairy pavilion, that little woman fries up the freshest, tastiest “virtuli” you’ll taste this side of Riga. Where? Directly to your left upon entering the dairy […]

Riga Weekend Adventures

There is so much more to Latvia than Riga and it’s a shame that many travellers overlook this in favour of a quick weekend city break. But even us residents often forget how many amazing little adventures lie right on our doorstep. Latvia is the perfect size for weekend expeditions, be it for the full […]

Cocktail bars in Riga

Ok, so we all know craft beer was/is a big thing. Correct me if I’m wrong but the next “revolution” in the bar world is cocktails again, right? Replacing commercially produced syrup and additives with homemade infusions, bitters and tinctures, focusing on flavours rather than over-the-top visual presentation. It now seems completely normal to have […]