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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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Quarantine: One Month Later

Quarantine: One Month Later

Quarantine: One Month Later an Update   It is the middle of April, and as T. S. Eliot once wrote, “April is the cruelest month.” I am not sure what he had in mind when he wrote those incredibly accurate words, but April 2020 sure fits that bill. I do realize each and every day …

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Latvian Quarantine 2020

Latvian Quarantine 2020

Latvian Quarantine March 2020 My birthday is in March. This doesn’t make me special because almost everyone I know has a birthday in March. But this year was special because I feel that my 48th birthday year celebration was the last big bang before the shit hit the fan. Today, one of my friends in …

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Labakais Čili! The Best Chili

Labakais Čili! The Best Chili

The Best Chili in Riga 2019 A Love of Cooking “I make it with love”. That is what my beloved mom told me once when I asked her why her food tasted so good. She never made anything fancy or even interesting, but everything she made for us was irresistible. Growing up with 6 siblings …

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Dvēseļu putenis: Blizzard of Souls

Dvēseļu putenis: Blizzard of Souls

Blizzard of Souls This is a movie review of sorts. Thanks to some of my lovely students who gave me a gift certificate to the Akropole Apollo theater, we were able to watch t Dvēseļu putenis in style! This movie, which translates as “Blizzard of Souls” has been the most anticipated movie of the year. …

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The Day After: Open Tabs

The Day After: Open Tabs

How Many Tabs Do you Have? This morning, I am looking at my laptop and closing the tabs that I had opened the day before while teaching my students who range from Intermediate to Advanced speakers of English. For those of you who don’t know, I teach primarily at Lingua Franca where I engage in …

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Movin’ on Up (Riga Style)

Movin’ on Up (Riga Style)

Movin’ on Up!   For anyone who reads this under the age of 40ish, watch this to get the title reference: The rest of you can watch it just to feel a dose of nostalgic inspiration. Rita, Max and I have moved. The process has been delightful and I love moving so much. Seriously though, …

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