Category Archives: Latvia

Lats Do it in the Way Out of Kuldiga

Our last morning in Kuldiga we stopped for breakfast at the Metropole Hotel. They served an amuse bouche for breakfast. We had a very nice egg sandwich I noticed this is the one place in Latvia where I have seen … Continue reading

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Lats Do it on the Road to Kuldiga

Kuldiga is one of Latvia’s older towns, with intact Gothic and Rennaisance buildings. On our way out there we finally stopped at one of the Hessburgers we had been seeing in the road. It was like a Big Mac but … Continue reading

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Lats Do it at the Opera

We went to the opera twice on this trip, once for the ballet, and last night to see The Nature of War, also interpreted as War Sum Up. It is a visual and auditory depiction of a war machine, with … Continue reading

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Lats Do it in the Tower

The Bell Tower of the Jelgeva Holy Trinity Church has views of the entire city from the 9th floor, around 80 metres high. Don’t ask me to change that into feet. It’s pretty high, but not Seattle Space Needle high. … Continue reading

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Lats Do it at the Palace

Yesterday we drove to Jelgeva to the palace of the Dukes of Courland and Semigallia. The palace was bombed during WWII but has been restored. It is the largest architectural monument in the Baltics. The only part of the palace … Continue reading

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Lats Do it at the River

Last night we went to a birthday party for Aija at a farmhouse next to the Lielupe River in Jelgava. The farm was gorgeous. We saw storks and storks nests.  This cat thinks he is a chicken The dinner party … Continue reading

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Lats Do it at a Dinner Party

Bridin befriended a woman on the plane whose daughter, Signe, happens to host dinner parties at 10 Lats a head. 10 Lats equals about 20 USD. When she told her daughter she had a returning Latvian to invite, they decided to … Continue reading

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Lats Do it in a Castle

Today we drove into the country to look at castles. First we visited “The New Castle” in Segulda. It was once occupied by Knights of the Sword. When you joined Knights of the Sword, you joined for life. Their city … Continue reading

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Lats Do it in the Market

  There are two things I pay attention to in new cities: Can you cross on red, and will you get run over? And whether you look at or greet strangers. The answer to the first question in Riga is … Continue reading

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Lats NOT Do it in Siberia

After going to the cemetary with Bridin’s cousin Aija and Aija’s beau, Alberts, we went for lunch in the hotel cafe, which was very elegant. We were all thrilled with the fried camembert that was accompanied by rhubarb.  I had … Continue reading

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Lats Do it at the Currency Exchange

We walk into the exchange and we are the only customers. Two bored-looking clerks sit behind the counter staring into space. I approach one and she gestures towards the other one. I turn to her and she gestures to the tickets. … Continue reading

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Lats Do it in the Steiku Haoss

One of our favorite examples of “Latvish” is this Steiku Haoss. It’s and American “theme” restaurant and we thought what the hell. Sitting amongst the Old West Americana listening to Johnny Cash I realized why we were so comfortable in … Continue reading

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Lats Do it in the Cemetary

Everyone thought I was such a trouper for hiking through this huge cemetary in the rain, but no matter how many times I replied, “I love cemetaries” I don’t think anyone understands that I LOVE cemetaries. It’s all about the photography. … Continue reading

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Lats Do it Old World Style

After resting up from the bus tour we decided to go to a traditional Latvian Restaurant called Salve. It was less weird than you would imagine. A lot of dill and caraway, some local spirits and locally caught fish. I … Continue reading

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Lats do it on the Bus

  Since we couldn’t get the timing right for the boat tours, we decided to hop on a good old-fashioned double decker bus tour and check out some architecture. There were some gorgeous art nouveau buildings, old Soviet box buildings, and … Continue reading

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