Author: Jeff Grinvalds

Teacher.
2022: Year in Review

2022: Year in Review

One of Those Years 26 December 2022 I had a strange message from an old friend yesterday who said that “you haven’t written much this year.” It is true, I have not. Well, that isn’t exactly true because I write everyday for my job, and I write in my journals and I write poetry and …

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September 2022: Not your typical travel blog

September 2022: Not your typical travel blog

A Walk Around Pardaugava I just felt like writing an update today since it has been so long. I never got to finish my Turku blogs. I mean, I could still go back and do that, but there is a statute of limitations on the prescience of memory and the purpose for writing. Reflection makes …

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What I learned: Turku

What I learned: Turku

Why I liked Turku more than Helsinki If you have read any of my past posts, you will know that my opinion for Helsinki is not very high. I had a second chance to visit Helsinki on my way back to Tallinn, and I was open to changing my opinion, but if anything, I liked …

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What I Learned: The Pros and Cons of Finland

What I Learned: The Pros and Cons of Finland

Everything I Know About Finland (Which isn’t much) I spent the last couple of days chatting with people and doing some fact finding in Finland. Whenever I travel, I am always a bit blown away by how little I know about the world and how incredibly huge this planet is. When I moved to Latvia …

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What I learned: Part 2 Helsinki

What I learned: Part 2 Helsinki

Why I didn’t like Helsinki Before I continue, I should tell you the reason for the trip. Before Covid started, I bought a ticket to a Punk in Drublic show with NOFX and some other punk bands. I had gone to see them in Berlin a couple years earlier, and this sounded like a fun …

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This is What I Learned about Estonia, Finland and Life in General (Part 1)

This is What I Learned about Estonia, Finland and Life in General (Part 1)

Part 1: The Ferry and Human Kindness I spent a day in Tallinn and then got aboard the Tallink Ferry to Helsinki. My first mistake was thinking, in my own childish way, that I could simply walk to the boat and get on board. I left my Airbnb in plenty of time to walk to …

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Testhut: What I am doing in Latvia

Testhut: What I am doing in Latvia

My friend Sarah asked me if I am still teaching here in Riga, and this reminded me that I had a dead blog post here that I started a year ago and never finished writing. So here it goes: a brief explanation of what I do here. Testhut I am not a strong subscriber to …

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