February Already?

February Already?

I am writing this just to prove that I am still here and I exist despite all the nasty rumors out there. It is officially the end of February here in Latvia, and there really is no end in sight to the Covid Crisis. We have been on somewhat of a lockdown for months. Winter …

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2020 Retrospective: Merry Christmas!

2020 Retrospective: Merry Christmas!

I saw a tweet this morning from my nephew, Chris, about how this will be the first Christmas without his grampa, my father, Vitauts. That struck me and inspired me to write a holiday note. I didn’t want to send an email and spam people on Christmas. I wanted more than a Facebook post, so …

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Living in the Center

Living in the Center

How many different places have you lived in your life? 21 Tērbatas Iela I have just moved into my 21st dwelling during my time here on earth. Four more, and I get a prize, preferably a silver chalice with commemorative leaves. Yes, we have officially left the beautiful Miera neighborhood and become city center dwellers …

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Update: Covid in Riga December 2020

Update: Covid in Riga December 2020

Draugi, nav labi! That is what our Latvian Primeminister, Kariņš, said in his last speech about Covid. It translates as “Friends, it isn’t good.” Now they make t-shirts with the saying on it. It has quickly become his catchphrase.     Earlier this year, I think I wrote about how Covid was pretty much under …

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A visit to the Bolderāja beach

A visit to the Bolderāja beach

Recently Jeff has had no motivation or wish to write and i think all of us miss the updates on his life. However, we cannot force him to write. All that would come out would be sad, grey clumps that barely describe his experiences. So here I am, a guest author, his own step-child Karu, …

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Music. Summer. Latvia 2020

Music. Summer. Latvia 2020

Note: I am writing this out of total appreciation for my existence in this place at this time and the opportunities that I have, none of which have been earned or deserved. I tell people that a Latvian day sometimes feels like 3 or 4 stuffed into one. This is both true from a work …

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Līgo 2020: To Estonia and Back

Līgo 2020: To Estonia and Back

When I started writing the last Līgo post, I realized that I would not be able to tell about the entire holiday in just one entry, so this is the prequel to Līgo 2020… With a five-day vacation in the middle of June, we decided to take a road trip. We knew we wanted to …

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Līgo 2020: Lielvārde and Lāčplēsis

Līgo 2020: Lielvārde and Lāčplēsis

Last year, around this time, Rita and I were returning from our honeymoon in Italy. We spent a quiet Jāņi on June 23 in Vilnius, Lithuania waiting for our bus back to Riga. This year, I was happy to stay in Latvia for a more traditional and joyful celebration. Although with the current Covid situation, …

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Pandemic Ending in Latvia

Pandemic Ending in Latvia

8 June 2020 The End of the Pandemic (we hope!) The last 3 months have been surreal. I have been recovering from back surgery, the world was thrown into a global pandemic, my father passed away, I started a new career, and now we have protests and riots in the United States. The good news …

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