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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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January Beach

January Beach

Ziemā Pludmales 14 January 2018 After we arrived back in Riga this afternoon, I was making up new words to Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” and singing aloud on Gogoļa street past the cold people waiting for a bus, carrying a pussy willow branch and a bag of driftwood from the Gulf of Riga. I like …

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Reflections on a Silent Independence Day

Reflections on a Silent Independence Day

July 4th, 2017 Springfield, Missouri, USA The video pretty much says it all. Blake and I ended up watching Sense8 after a long, long trip to the Steak & Shake, which has really cheap food, and really slow service (but I still recommend it). As we are here teaching English to language learners, we were …

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Rundale Palace and Jelgava

Rundale Palace and Jelgava

Rundāle Pils January 5, 2017 After a nice miegs (sleep), I looked out the window to see that more snow had fallen, but it didn’t look too terrible (famous last words). I went down to the free breakfast, and it looked promising at first, but it was somehow lacking some of the basics. They had …

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Cēsis: The Grinvalds

Cēsis: The Grinvalds

Cēsis December 31 I love Gita. Can I just say that for the record? Never a dull moment! When she plans something, she goes all out! Even on New Year’s Day, when things are closed, and it’s raining, and cold, and all the forces and elements are against her, she still manages to make the …

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