Brothers in Berlin

Brothers in Berlin

Berlin 2019 One of the great things about living in Latvia is that I have the opportunity to just get on a plane for a few hours to travel just about anywhere in Europe. All the cities I dreamed of going to when I was growing up like Paris, London, and Cluj-Napoca are just a …

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Movin’ on Up (Riga Style)

Movin’ on Up (Riga Style)

For anyone who reads this under the age of 40ish, watch this to get the title reference: The rest of you can watch it just to feel a dose of nostalgic inspiration. Rita, Max and I have moved. The process has been delightful and I love moving so much. Seriously though, is there anything worse …

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Rita and Jeff’s Wedding: 15 June 2019

Rita and Jeff’s Wedding: 15 June 2019

Our Wedding Just in case you weren’t sure or didn’t know, Rita Treija and I were married in a very discrete ceremony on the 15th of June 2019 at approximately 11:02 a.m. My cousin Ansis and his wife Monta were the witnesses. Our photographer, Didzis Grodzs, was also present documenting the entire pre- and post-ceremony …

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Italian Honeymoon: Part 3 or 4 “Castello di Roncade”

Italian Honeymoon: Part 3 or 4 “Castello di Roncade”

I hope that people who have read my blog before start off with the question, “Part 3 or 4? Where is part 1?” and they start going through old posts to see if they have missed something. That would be cool! But you haven’t missed anything. I just felt inspired to write on this day, …

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Vasaras Svētki (Summer Celebration)

Vasaras Svētki (Summer Celebration)

Vasaras Svētki This weekend was Vasaras Svētki, or so I am told. I believe the holiday coincides with Pentecost, or, as my calendar told me, Whitsunday. In Riga, this means that Saturday night is Baznīcu Nakts (Church Night) when many churches open their doors in the evening to visitors holding celebrations with music and other …

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Winter 2018-2019: Ziema

Winter 2018-2019: Ziema

March 2019 It is true that I have not written in awhile. Winters in Latvia are really like a hibernation. Everyone kind of buckles down and settles into a routine to stay warm and alive during the darkest months of the year. It begins some time in late October or early November. You start to …

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Romani

Romani

Warning: I am writing this with no photos or hard evidence. This is all based on speculation, and I will use the term “Gypsies” because that is what the locals call the Romani people who live in Riga. I just felt inspired to write this after a long conversation with one of my English classes. …

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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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