Author: Jeff Grinvalds

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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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Jāni 2018: Latvian Midsummer Celebration

Jāni 2018: Latvian Midsummer Celebration

Midsummer. St. John’s Eve. The holiday is celebrated all over Europe, but it isn’t really a thing in America. In Latvia, the celebration of Jāni (both St. John and a mythical all-father sort of dude who is supposed to show up on the morning of the 24th of June) is probably almost as big as …

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The Decision to Stay

The Decision to Stay

This post is dedicated to Stephany Kecy who always seems to have my back on social media! (fixed the misspelled name) She asked me whether I had made my decision—was I coming back to Westside or not? I thought I had posted about it, but I haven’t written any sort of thoughtful explanation or reflection. …

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