All posts by Alex Cowles

Latvia In Photos 01

It’s all fine and dandy writing all these informative posts about bank accounts, what to get at the supermarket, and which forms to fill out when you visit the PMLP but there is also a lot to be said about appreciating the aesthetic side to Latvia. Almost half of the country is covered in forest […]

Cheese In Latvia

Cheese in Latvia is like the weather in the UK. Mostly slightly bland, often a little disappointing, but every so often it’s truly wonderful and you forget all the bad experiences, even if just for a day or two. If you’re even half as excited about cheese as I am, then you may require a […]

Moving to Latvia – A Checklist & Simple Process

I moved to Latvia from the UK (Scotland specifically) a few months ago, and I felt a few points in the process were worth noting for people who are thinking about doing the same. This guide should help those who feel they would like to relocate to Latvia. It’s not a post to convince you […]

Registering As Living In Latvia – Latvian Residence Permit

Disclosure: This article was written in 2013. You may also want to read Tabatha Soltay’s 2019 step-by-step guide to applying for a residence permit. — When I first got to Latvia, I wrongly assumed that one of the most difficult things for me to do would be to register myself as living here. It seemed […]

Local Markets In Latvia

Latvians love a market. I’m not talking the well-known Riga Central Market here (although that counts for something, and it is pretty special). I’m talking about smaller farmers or local product markets. It often feels like when a space frees up in Latvia, the authorities come along and have a discussion. “Do you think we […]

Speaking English In Latvia

Before moving to Latvia, one of the first questions I wanted to ask as a native English speaker was “Will I be able to get by in Latvia with English?” The answer so far has been yes, but with a few caveats and some useful phrases. First of all, I have a girlfriend who is […]

At The Supermarket In Latvia

Supermarkets can be challenging, hilarious and often quite fun in foreign countries, and luckily Latvia is no different. There’s the usual range of products you’ve probably never seen. The notable absence of products you’ve bought your entire life, and some fun things to discover along the way. Latvians are very fond of their own local […]