Why I Can’t Have Nice Things

Why I Can’t Have Nice Things

If anyone could follow me and record my exploits for a day, you might not believe it. I think when they made up the phrase, “And that’s why we can’t have nice things,” they were thinking of me.   Today, my goal was to go to the ministry of foreign documentation to get started on …

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When Cultures Clash: Spain vs. Latvia

When Cultures Clash: Spain vs. Latvia

Spain vs. Latvia One great thing about being an American in Latvia is that I get to sit back and just observe the way the world works with a whole new perspective. I get to watch people, like an anthropologist, and make notes about what I see. Today, I witnessed the clashing of tribes—a showdown …

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Earthiness: A Reflection

Earthiness: A Reflection

Zeme: Earth As I become more acquainted with my mother and father-land, I am trying to put it all in some big picture perspective. What is the big takeaway? What am I learning about myself and life in the process of relocating to Latvia? The short answer is that I do not know, but one …

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A Latvian Working Stiff

A Latvian Working Stiff

Darbu 25 August 2017 I am sitting in my old friend, the Beer House having a celebratory IPA and fish and chips while pondering my future here in Latvia. Today I signed a contract for a half-time teaching job at Gymnasium 2 in Riga, Latvia. Rita tells me it is where her heroine, Anna Bērzkalne …

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Piebalga: A Trip to the Past

Piebalga: A Trip to the Past

Piebalga August 19-20 This weekend, Rita invited me to join her for the last day of her folklore collecting project in the region of Latvia known as Piebalga which is right in the center of the country. This is a map of beer breweries throughout the country, and you can see Piebalga to the east. …

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Where Few Men Have Gone Before

Where Few Men Have Gone Before

LATE This is just a quick post (which has now dragged on for days) to let you know that I am now a card-carrying member of LATE (pronounced like latte (which is not pronounced like matte)). I attended the 25th annual Latvian Association of Teachers of English conference last Thursday and Friday. It was a special …

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The Differences Part 2: Time

The Differences Part 2: Time

Time/Laiks After over a week in Latvia, I feel like I’m a bit of an expert on the whole thing. (Do I need to point out I’m kidding? Probably…) From what I can tell, time moves differently here than in Nebraska. Maybe it’s because it’s summer, and I don’t have a job, but the rhythm …

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The Differences Part 1: Money

The Differences Part 1: Money

Atšķirības I suppose that one of the interesting topics to write about is how Latvia is different from the United States. Since it is a part of the European Union, I’m sure that some of the differences will carry over to other countries you might be interested in visiting, but I am also even more …

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Kapu Svētki

Kapu Svētki

Kapu Svētki Alūksne, Latvia 5-6 Augusts 2017 After renting a car and dropping off Gita, I went to pick up Rita for our trip across Latvia on the A2 “highway” to our overnight stay in Aumeisteri just east of Smiltene, where my father, Vitauts, is from. The manor was a last minute choice. Every hotel in …

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Week in Review and a Weekend Car Rental

Week in Review and a Weekend Car Rental

Week in Review 7 August 2017 I have been away from the United States for over a week, and tomorrow will mark my first full week in Latvia. I had been meaning to write a post per day, but time gets away from you when you are traveling the bumpy highways of Latvia! Last week …

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