Category Archives: Latvia

Sad Things (17) Flowers

This was a bad investment. Photographed by Valdis Jekociņš in Riga, Latvia.

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Random Thoughts (17)

Now I know why it’s called CATalonia: it doesn’t know if it wants to walk through the door or not. Shouldn’t nobody sign no contract that they ain’t read before. (I am now giving legal advice in country lyrics, at … Continue reading

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Where is the center of Europe?

Reading the book Schwarze Erde, I became aware of a village in Ukraine that was calculated and named as the geographical center of Europe in 1887: Dilove. “Really?“ I wondered, not because I would begrudge Dilove the distinction, but because I had … Continue reading

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Cats in Riga

(All photos taken during my trip to Riga in March 2013.)

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Why Eastern Europe cannot accept more Refugees

Dear Western Europe, it seems you are in sulk about our unwillingness to accept more any refugees. It hurts us to hurt your feelings, so please allow us to explain things from an Eastern European perspective. We are certain you that … Continue reading

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The Revolutions of 1989

1989, those were the times! With each broadcast of the evening news, the world changed so quickly that most people already lost track back then. Now, 25 years later, only a vague recollection of falling walls, fired shots and popping champagne … Continue reading

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Air Baltic making it hard to unsubscribe

You know that yourself: you once bought a cinema ticket or booked a flight from a website and since then you receive their e-mail newsletter even though you don’t really want it. In my case, matters are made worse because … Continue reading

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There are more important things than territorial integrity

Democracy and self-determination are great. But nobody should believe that a referendum hastily pulled out of a hat, with limited choices and without a proper prior public debate about the question posed at the polls is a good example of direct … Continue reading

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Salaspils – A Train Ride to the Countryside

The local train which departed in Riga is almost fully occupied this Friday noon. It stops every few minutes, at every possible stop. I am going to Dārziņi, a stop in the middle of the forest. A beautiful Baltic pine and … Continue reading

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Isn’t that a beautiful place? (Part 2)

Ten days ago, I had presented you with this photo and had posed the leading question “isn’t that a beautiful place?”. Predictably, and I would not have responded differently, all of you agreed. Many exclaimed how beautiful of a scenery … Continue reading

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