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, […]

Weekend away from Riga: Tallinn

One of the things I love the most about living in Rīga is that we really are in the heart of the Baltics. Vilnius and Tallinn are literally just a 4 hour bus ride away, and boy do Lux Express buses make the time fly quicker than any low cost airline. Instead of getting crammed […]

Useful Addresses In Riga: Spice Up Your Cooking

Shock horror, your local Riga supermarket isn’t guaranteed to have an ethnic food section! And there’s no Asian supermarket as of yet. So what do you do when you crave a kickass korma or desire a decent dhal? Well, you could just visit the one-and-only Stockpot bistro that rates its food on a scale of […]

Laimīgu Jauno gadu! (Happy New Year)

I don’t know if it’s just me, still high off the rum-infused fumes of Christmas pudding, but it strikes me that “laime” or “prieks” (happiness) is most certainly in the air now that we’ve hit 2015. Despite the crisp, biting -10 (feels like -16) temperatures outside, I continue to experience little nuggets of happiness during […]

Useful Addresses In Riga: For Renovating Your Home

Renovating a property in Rīga? You’ll find there are a whole host of massive hardware stores for pretty much everything, as well as smaller specialist shops for articles like sink fittings and paint. If you live out of town and don’t have access to a bricks and mortar store, there are also a number of […]

How Latvians Earn a Living

Originally, this post was inspired by three conversations and events that have happened over the last few weeks… Then, a colleague told me a fourth story about a taxi driver that really drove the point home. 1) Recently, a Riga citizen journalist reported a police raid on a number of older ladies selling garden apples […]

Latvians & Mushrooms – A Not-So-Secret Love Affair

Anyone who is privileged enough to be friends with a Latvian or two on Facebook may have noticed that over the past month, the usual slew of cringe-inducing baby photos, screaming goat videos and ice-bucket mishaps were replaced by unfathomable mountains of mushrooms, hand-picked, fresh and displayed in various assortments, next to proud pickers with […]