All posts by Lelde Benke

The Latvian Firefighting Museum

firefighting museum latvia

Guest post by Ally Millar 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. […]

Moving to Latvia – Miguel and Ignacio’s Story

Miguel Ignacio Riga

Ignacio and Miguel are Riga-based entrepreneurs from Spain. They spend most of their time working from Tech Hub where we met up to chat about digital nomad life in Riga. Why and how did you end up in Riga? We were working in the startup community at Tech Hub Madrid when it closed suddenly. Since […]

Riga Water Supply Museum

riga water supply museum

One of the things I want for Christmas is for Riga Water Supply Museum to get the attention and investment it deserves. I mean, just look at those pictures! It’s such an incredible structure complete with impressive old pumping equipment and fragile stained glass windows worthy of their own Instagram gallery. And those floor tiles […]

Moving to Latvia: Viktorija’s story

Viktorija is from Lithuania, has lived in Denmark and New Zealand but now lives in Riga with her Latvian husband. They didn’t expect to end up here but a series of events lead to the unexpected. We caught up to talk about her experience of life in Riga. So, what lead to your decision to […]

Moving to Latvia: Giulia’s story

Giulia is Italian and moved to Latvia for a particular reason – to improve her Russian language skills at Durbe Russian Language Academy and through using the language in everyday situations. She’s lived in Riga for four months and feels that that’s enough time to get to know a country, its people and their habits. […]

Moving to Latvia: Rick’s story

Rick is from the Netherlands but has called Latvia his home since 2012. We met to speak about his big move and the experiences he’s had so far adapting to life in Riga, from co-founding the food delivery company Ēst – est.lv to navigating the dark and daunting corridors of a local hospital. Reasons for […]

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

riga art nouveau

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 […]