Pizza in Riga

Latvians haven’t taken to pizza quite as much as our southern neighbours. You’d be forgiven for thinking Čili Pica and Charlie Pizza, both Lithuanian chains, are the only places for pizza in Riga since they’ve snapped up some of the best real estate in town in terms of getting passing traffic. But look ever so […]

Cycling in Riga

Ask any local and they will have an opinion on cycling in Riga. There are violent pedestrians who push cyclists off pavements, drivers that toot their horns dare a cyclist cross their path, and daredevil cyclists weaving their way through rush hour traffic without a helmet. There are also the pacifist cyclists, pedestrians and drivers […]

Do Latvians really hate “gays”?

“You’re leaving, how delightful!!! Truly! One less perverted and degraded person! What a nice bit of news! Gives me hope.” – a comment on the Kas Jauns article ““Esmu nogurusi cīnīties.” Psiholoģe Cihanoviča kopā ar savu mīļoto sievieti pamet Latviju” (I’m tired of fighting. Psychologist Cihanovica and her beloved partner leave Latvia). When I last […]

Why Is Latvia Whining About Refugees?

It is both astonishing and embarrassing that we live in a country where the majority of politicians (Harmony party aside) are against accepting a quota of refugees affected by the Mediterranean crisis. I find it depressing that Latvian politicians can be so stubborn and ignorant. It reeks of Soviet-era mindset and sadly reinforces tragic stereotypes. […]

Latvia In Photos 02

It’s been over a year since our first “Latvia In Photos” post, so we felt it was probably time we had another round of images for you. From last Winter’s “chain of books” event, to a recent spring day in Liepāja, here’s a few images to show you it’s not all Riga’s old-town and the […]

How To Register Your Business In Latvia

Step 1: Find somewhere else to register your business. Step 2: Avoid bureaucracy and headaches. If you really have to register your business here in Latvia, then the most important bit of advice I can give you is: Get a lawyer, and brace yourself for the paperwork. (No, we cannot recommend you a lawyer, so […]

Latvian ice cream is amazing

On 2 January 2014 Estonian President Ilves journeyed to an unassuming Latvian town just south of the border where his aim was to make a purchase using Latvia’s then-new currency – the euro. Media followed him into the local supermarket so that Latvians across the land could see him fork out on a tub of […]

Best coffee in Riga

Would you rather be late to work than miss out on your first Aeropress of the day? Do you cringe at the idea of pouring boiling water over your favourite fairtrade, organic Ethiopian blend? Would you be offended or embarrassed if your friend rocked up cradling a Starbucks Frappuccino? Have you ever received a coffee-related […]

Online shopping in Latvia

Since moving into the new home, Alex and I have spent a LOT of time browsing both bricks and mortar furniture shops, and their online counterparts. At times I’ve been on the verge of tears – coming to a standstill mid-shop-floor surrounded by an odd mix of blinged up, faux Rococo sofa sets, plastic chandeliers, […]