The Latvian Winter Solstice

The Latvian Winter Solstice

A Very Pagan Christmas On this Christmas Eve eve, I am pondering much about this wonderful world that we are all a part of. It is an amazing feat of imagination to stop and think for a moment about all the people you know, have ever met, and —even more incredibly– the ones you have …

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Hillforts 2018

Hillforts 2018

22 December, 2018 Pilskalni Last weekend, Rita, Max and I went on a Hillfort adventure in Latgale, the easternmost region of Latvia. This was something like the 10th or 11th year that Rita and her colleagues have set out to explore the Latvian wilderness in search of pilskalns. What is a pilskalns? Well, it is …

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Pirmais Gads: The First Year

Pirmais Gads: The First Year

One Year Jubilee Well, I did it! I have officially lived in Latvia for over a year, and I have a lot of people to thank for that! As with any jubilee, I think there should be a celebration, so this post is dedicated to all the people I have met and all the adventures …

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Election Day 2018

Election Day 2018

6 October 2018 UPDATE! The results are in and the Harmony/Saskaņa won the overall election, but to have any power, a party has to have a coalition since no party won the majority. I am not sure what it means, but I think I feel a little disappointed. I do like that all these parties …

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The Pope! 2018

The Pope! 2018

I saw the Pope today. Pope Francis to be exact. Rita got on some list and we managed to score tickets to the Riga Dome Cathedral service starring Pope Francis himself. It was pretty cool. In fact, it was BlogPostCool™. I remember when I was quite young, and I saw news stories of Pope something …

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Barefoot Trail: Valguma Pasaule

Barefoot Trail: Valguma Pasaule

My newest post is going to be a reflection of my first full year of being a Latvian. However, this short post will be a quick explanation of the barefoot trail of Valguma Pasaule. The bad news is there will not be many photos. This weekend, we rented a car so that we could travel …

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Positivus Music Festival

Positivus Music Festival

Three Days in a Tent When I was in Latvia in 2016, I learned about this big music festival that happens every July. Both Ansis and Rita talked about it. It is one of those classic stories where a couple of Latvians had a dream to get some bands to come to this tiny country, …

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Latviešu Dziesmu un Deju Svētki: Latvian Song and Dance Festival

Latviešu Dziesmu un Deju Svētki: Latvian Song and Dance Festival

The Song Festival 2018 This year Latvia held its 26th annual song festival and 16th annual dance festival. These celebrations are held every 5 years, and I feel blessed to be living here in both the Centennial year and the year of this incredible event! I thought that there was no way the performance could …

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America: Summer 2018 Part 2

America: Summer 2018 Part 2

Colorado to Chicago Welcome to Part 2 of the journey from Latvia to Ireland, America, London and back to Latvia. This post starts in Granby, Colorado a tiny mountain town. Quite frankly, I just need to publish this. There may be mistakes and not all the photos are perfect. June 5-7: Granby Instead of taking …

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America: Summer 2018 Part 1

America: Summer 2018 Part 1

Rita and I took a trip from Latvia to America and back again by way of Ireland and England. I keep promising my brother Paul an itinerary. I figured I would do it by way of a blog post. In this post, I will attempt to share each place we traveled to with a few …

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