Category: Jeff

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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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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