How to improve your kid’s foreign language skills — Latvian or any other’s

Reading books in a foreign language at a young age offers a lot of benefits. It helps improve language skills, enhances cognitive development, expands cultural awareness, boosts problem-solving abilities, and fosters a lifelong love for learning and exploration. Additionally, it can increase empathy and understanding of different perspectives. So, if you want your kid to immerse in learning a foreign language, try reading books with your kid in a foreign language at its young age. And if you plan to improve your kid’s Latvian, look for appropriate books in Latvian language. Of course, reading a book in a foreign language […]

Interview with Bogdan Taran, Riga DJ and electronic musician

We publish a shortened translation of an exclusive interview with Bogdan Taran from April, 2015, initially published in afisha.eu Interview, photo: Anna Gabo Bogdan Taran, a renowned Riga DJ, came to Double Coffee by bicycle despite a still cool weather. A free fashion style posed that he is a person, who is a DJ and an author of popular tracks, as well as a professional working in the field of electronic dance music. Among his achievements in addition to the first place in the top of Latvian DJs, which he hold for several years, is own record label Amber Muse […]

Back to bars

The pandemic is over, while no one knows what is next though. Nevertheless Riga spots were revitalised a bit by a flow of people and have opened their doors to the visitors. Some time ago Expats in Riga wrote about places, where it is possible to listen to the music, grab a drink, and meet nice people. Here is a new version of the article, where we would like to remind you about the venues, which you might be missing during the lockdown. 1. Aleponija. It is a place on Birznieka Upisa street. A bit dark place, with an interior […]

Flower power 2022

Riga is a very beautiful city full of greenery in the spring and summer time. The winter is almost over but there is not that many greenery around in the streets yet. Expats in Riga magazine introduces some places, where the plant lovers could enjoy the beauty of flowers and plants or study more about plants. Botanical garden with a winter conservatory full of beautiful plants is a cosy place to visit with the family or friends even in the late winter. If you live in the centre, there is one more hidden conservatory on Rūpniecības 21, in the building […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Walks around Riga

“Medics to the world” This sculpture can be seen at Valdemara street, near Latvian Museum of Art and Latvian Art Academy. The idea of this piece of art is to reflect on the importance of medicine workers, who need support of the society not only in the difficult times during the pandemic, but also in everyday life so that the medical workers could take care of those who need this. If you live in the centre, which is very rich with the greenery, you would definitely enjoy slow strolls around its central districts. “Monkey Sam” In case you are fond […]

Flower power

Riga is a very beautiful city full of greenery in the spring and summer time. The winter is almost over but there is not that many greenery around in the streets yet. Expats in Riga magazine introduces some places, where the plant lovers could enjoy the beauty of flowers and plants or study more about plants. Botanical garden with a winter conservatory full of beautiful plants is a cosy place to visit with the family or friends even in the late winter. On the territory there is also located a tropical house of butterflies, which was open today, on the […]