DB Under the Radar: Ķemeri, Latvia

DB Under the Radar: Ķemeri, Latvia

"Its medicinal water attracted thousands of tourists from all over the Russian Empire, thereby warranting the town a direct train line to Moscow"Continue Reading →

Digging Up Old Wars: On the Road with Latvia’s Explosive Ordnance Soldiers

Digging Up Old Wars: On the Road with Latvia’s Explosive Ordnance Soldiers

While the Latvian Land Forces are busy training for future confrontations, Pūce and his techs are busy “rendering safe” explosives left behind from the Soviet occupation.Continue Reading →

Latvia’s Oil City Ventspils: A Strange “Success Story”

Latvia’s Oil City Ventspils: A Strange “Success Story”

Frequently, in discussions with people about the depopulation and decline of their town, they will point to Ventspils as an example of what could be done.Continue Reading →

“To Gain Knowledge, Go to Wilne”: A Walk Through Jewish Vilnius

“To Gain Knowledge, Go to Wilne”: A Walk Through Jewish Vilnius

In the 18th century the city was known as a religious centre and even called the “Jerusalem of the North”, despite anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish attacks.Continue Reading →

“Aukstās Dienas…” Singing in Latvian – Without Ever Having Been to Latvia

“Aukstās Dienas…” Singing in Latvian – Without Ever Having Been to Latvia

"First, we had to compose a song about Latvia, a country we had never visited, based entirely on our own imagination..."Continue Reading →

Up the Baltick with Boswell and Johnson

Up the Baltick with Boswell and Johnson

"Marienburg is a vast city equal in size with London, planned with perfect regularity both architecturally and in its social organization."Continue Reading →

The Meaning of a Memorial: Reading Kaunas’s Garden of War

The Meaning of a Memorial: Reading Kaunas’s Garden of War

Looking at the site of memory in Kaunas, the “dying for…” is clear: the highest aim of the Lithuanian nation is freedomContinue Reading →

A Western Latvian Road Trip through an Ideological Lens

A Western Latvian Road Trip through an Ideological Lens

"Priekule has one of the largest cow herds in the region. In 1976 the average yield from cattle reached 3,710 kg..."Continue Reading →