MicroFindings – Ezītis Miglā in Purvciems

Expats in Riga starts a new column called MicroFindings. Since Riga is not only the city centre, but also its various districts, which are also called microdistricts, Expats in Riga decided to explore various blocks in these areas of Riga, such as Purvciems, Imanta, Ziepniekkalns, and others, in order to find interesting spots, which add a city trace to the suburbs and are worth visitings in case you are not heading to the city centre one day. Today’s finding is a bar Ezītis miglā (“A hedhehog in fog”, if translated from Latvian to English) located in a living massive of […]

A free second-hand

FreeRiga is not only a name of a n entire movement, but also a reality. A new initiative Brīvbode (“A free store”) is clothes and utensils exchange point. So far there are two of these located in two parts of Riga, namely at Turgeņeva street, 13, and in Ciekurkalns district, at Viskaļu street, 36. It is possible to bring good quality things there, which are not needed to the donators as well as to take something from the assortment, formed by others absolutely for free. An initiative is aimed at social layers, which experience financial difficulties. People can come to […]

Meeting spots in Riga

There is nothing more romantic and adventurous than a correct choice of a meeting spot for a friendly meet-up or a date. There are a lot of place in Riga, which deserve an attention. Expats in Riga has chosen three of them just for the case you feel lost regarding the choice. 1. A traditional place, where many Rigans meet regardless their age is Laima clock – a street clock situated on the square near the Monument of Liberty, just across the street, in front of Hotel de Rome and McDonald’s. The clock bears an identity of Laima confectionery factory. […]

Anastasia Sysoeva (Starodedova). Artist, poet

Expats in Riga has made an interview with Anastasia Sysoeva about her passion for drawing. ER: Anastasia, please, tell, when did you start to be interested in art? I suppose that it started approximately at times when you had been studying at Pushkin lyceum, during last years of school. Or did it happen earlier?АS: I think that I have been drawing always, as all kids are doing this. But yes, a more conscious occupation with drawing has overlapped my admission to the lyceum, maybe at 8th form. At lyceum a couple of my exhibitions was even organised in the school […]

1 Euro deal

Some time ago it was popular to open shops in Riga, where you could buy different products for a small price, for example, 1 euro. These shops were closed, but the topic what can one buy in Riga for 1 euro is worth exploring in the situation of price increase on many products and services. Expats in Riga decided to make a small market research and present the findings in this article, covering various products categories, from food to household products. So if have 1 euro in your pocket, according to the survey of supply in Riga shops, you can […]

Intellectual table-top games for enterprises and informal events

Smart Games Club is Latvian company, which focuses on the development of intellectual table-top games, mainly with the focus on corporate culture improvement and rally the team in the companies. The games produced by the Smart Games Club are of educational character. The games are invented by the people with a tremendous experience in building and leading various businesses. Very often the company’s employees get tired of classical educational courses, lectures, and trainings, what leads to the diminishing in the educational effectiveness and wastes such kind of an investment in personnel. The game on the other hand is a wonderful […]

Artisanal Riga

Visiting Latvia as an expat and staying for longer than just a couple of days as a tourist allows to better understand Latvian culture, traditions, and mentality. An intense work, however, does not always give an opportunity to spend endless hours on studying these. Expats in Riga project has prepared this short article about Latvian artisanal industry in order to tell about its uniqueness and value as well as to suggest considering the pieces of artisanal art as great presents for family members, relatives, or friends, left in a home country. Those who have already visited Old Riga, might have […]

Medieval symbolism and necessity: Riga roosters

One of the symbols, often associated with Riga, especially its Old part, is a rooster. Anyone hanging around Old town and looking around and above will notice golden roosters on the tops of churches scattered through Old Riga. Rooster, a very old symbol of Riga with its decorative role nowadays, had a functional purpose before – since the 15th century it served also as a weather vane. Since Riga has always been a port city, its economic activity many centuries ago depended on the weather conditions, and the weather wanes were a tool for getting a weather forecast on a daily […]

Creative quarters of Riga

As a text on one of the posters glued to the wall of Andrejsala Singalong hostel in 2007 said, ”You can stay here forever if you succeed”. This is an utopian idea behind the creative quarters philosophy, which usually contradicts with the concept of creative quarters and their role in the society and urban development in the world. Riga, as many other cities in the world, like New York, London, Berlin or Stockholm, has and has had creative quarters in its various areas during different periods of time. Creative quarters are city districts, which initially are in condition lacking development, […]