We arrived in Riga on a Saturday, tired, sweaty, and jet-lagged. I had officially arrived at my destination for my first trip to Europe. After hearing stories from my grandparents about the history of Eastern Europe, where they were both born and raised, I had finally landed in a place that I knew held so much history, culture, and stories to discover.
Danielle Wozniak, 16.06.2016, People
When I first came to Latvia three years ago, I travelled from Prague to Rīga in a tiring bus trip – 22 hours in a small seat, surrounded by restless Czech, Russian and Polish students. It was the first time in my life that I was travelling outside of Brazil. For a traveller from a relatively small town called Balneário Camboriú, Prague’s cultural and historical greatness was a shock.
Maria Fernanda Stinghen Gottardi, 09.06.2016, People, Society
Unlike Christopher Walsh, who wrote movingly in “Latvia in Review” recently about his love for choral music and his resulting decision to move from the United States to Latvia, I grew up in a Latvian family. Both sets of grandparents emigrated from Latvia toward the end of World War II, settling first in Germany, then in America, where my parents met and were married. It is a story that is shared by countless Latvian (and other) families.
Kārlis Streips, 08.05.2016, People
A nation's potential for survival is determined by its material, social and spiritual welfare. When the first two prevail, our capacity for civility is manifest. As we emphasize the latter two, it is culture we are talking about. (An essay by Imants Ziedonis)
Latvian Institute, 10.12.2015, Culture, People, Society

Spring is always crazy. You never know when it will start. My name is

Linards Liberts, 03.04.2014

The first snow fell this weekend, and Rīga looked like it had come straight out of

Daina Ruduša, 09.12.2013

I have photographed horror. And I did again last night. While taking the pictures I was not shaken, but while standing alongside relatives of the

Edijs Pālēns, 22.11.2013
Resilient. This word, combining strength and flexibility, is the one which best characterizes Latvians, their history, their present condition and, one must believe, their future.
Pauls Raudseps, 15.11.2013