Happy Independence Day Latvia!

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Hello, My Darlings! I hope you are having a great day today. I just wanted to quickly pop on here and congratulate Latvia! Today 18. November we are celebrating the 101 years of Latvian Independence.

Why it’s the 18.November?

18 November is the Independence Day of Latvia — even though there were no borders set, a group of dedicated nationalists proclaimed an independent Latvian state on this date in 1918. Several months after this courageous step had been made, military interventions still went on — the Russian Empire did not want to lose this important territory. Nevertheless, this day is still the most important national holiday for every Latvian.

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If you are in Riga today definitely take part in the celebration events(like concerts, fireworks, the speech of the president near the Freedom Monument).More info you can find here!

Today I’m going to celebrate with my family, eat traditional dishes and watch some old Latvian movies. Happy Birthday, Latvia! 

 

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“What to do in Riga this October”-Blogtober day 7

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Hello, My Darlings! It’s the Day 7 of Blogtober. The fall season is such a busy one in Riga. Farmer markets, concerts, exhibition, basically lot’s of stuff to do and see. That’s why I decided to share some cool and interesting things to do this October in Riga(the capital of Latvia). All of them I found on liveriga.com, an amazing resource. Let’s dive into it!

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Riga’s restaurants

07.10.2019 – 13.10.2019

mark-landman-dA4CDBn4tBE-unsplashDuring this special week, Riga’s restaurants open their doors to all gourmands willing to treat themselves to an array of delicious tastes for an especially affordable price of 15–20 euros for a three-course meal.

For the entire week, all the city’s residents and guests have the chance to enjoy the season’s best foods prepared by experienced and innovative chefs who give each meal a modern and sophisticated twist.

 

Multimedia exhibition
“The Great Modernists. From Monet to Kandinsky”

10.05.2019 – 13.10.2019

Address: Pils iela 23, Riga

TICKETS: EUR 9.00 – EUR 14.00

Website for more info: modernisti.lv

photo_2019-04-01_12-06-27“The Great Modernists” is a new, spectacular, globally recognized multimedia show. The exhibition presents the works of 16 most reputable masters of modernism- Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Henri Rousseau, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustav Klimt, Paul Signac, Pete Mondrian, Amedeo Modigliani, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Juan Gris, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich. You will witness 5,000 works from more than 20 museums from all over the world in a unique combination of animated video projections accompanied by exquisite musical setting.

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Fair at Kalnciema Quarter

12 Oct 10:00 – 16:00

19 Oct 10:00 – 16:00

26 Oct 10:00 – 16:00

Address:Kalnciema iela 35

TICKETS:Free entrance

Website for more info: kalnciemaiela.lv

kalnciema_kvartalsEvery Saturday, Latvian farmers offer local goods at the Kalnciema Quarter Fair, and craftsmen come to sell unique pieces of handiwork. Children are invited to participate in creative workshops, free of charge, and to ride a colorful merry-go-round. The theme of the fair changes to reflect seasonal festivals, during which there also are concerts, exhibitions, open-air plays, and other activities taking place at the fair.

“An event like this on one of the main roads to the heart of Riga is a positive signal to all those visiting Riga,” say Kārlis and Mārtiņš Dambergs, owners of the quarter and devotees of renovating wooden buildings and authentic lifestyle. “Kalnciema Quarter is like an eye-catching brooch on Riga’s dress, and we are pleased at the opportunity to rub it.” This brooch is especially bright on holiday.

Kids can participate in various creative workshops, enjoy the merry-go-round, taste homemade ice-cream and have a nap in a hammock while adults have a look at delicious products by local farmers and home producers (teas, jams, peppermints, meat, fish, and other merchandise).

Besides, each visitor knows that he/she should come to the fair hungry. Diverse local handcraft and jewelry are also on sale, among them, design objects, glass items, etc.

 

Plant-based food festival AUGam

20.10.2019 12:00 – 20:00

Address:Tallinas iela 10

TICKETS: Free entrance

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Lutheran Sunday service in English

20 Oct 12:00

Address: Jāņa iela 7(St.John’s Church in Riga)

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More Info about events in Riga You can find here 

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Baltic Way 30th Anniversary

What is the “Baltic Way”?

Baltic-Way-in-Tallinn-Gunnar-VaidlaThe Baltic Way was a peaceful political demonstration which took place on 23 August 1989 when approximately two million people joined their hands forming a 600 km long human chain through the Baltic countries, thus demonstrating their unity in their efforts towards freedom.

Why did the Baltic Way take place?

In 1940 the Baltic states were occupied by the Soviet Union which had previously agreed upon it with Nazi Germany. The agreement was entered into on 23 August 1939 in Moscow and was entirely secret. This document is called the Hitler–Stalin Pact or the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact (by the surnames of the signatories: the USSR Minister for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Molotov and the German Minister for Foreign Affairs Joachim von Ribbentrop).15948__51a6f33e18cd2.jpg

At the end of the 1980s the effects of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact were still sharply present in the Baltic states. The occupation continued but the USSR denied the existence of the Pact and continuously asserted that the Baltic states had voluntarily joined the Soviet Union. On 23 August 1989, the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the inhabitants of the three Baltic states demanded public acknowledgement of the Pact’s secret protocols and the renewal of the independence of the Baltic states.

How did the Baltic Way take place?

1408687904_bcAt 19:00 on 23 August 1989 approximately two million inhabitants of the Baltic states joined hands forming a human chain from Tallinn through Riga to Vilnius. The Baltic Way was organised by the national movements of the Baltic states: the Estonian Rahvarinne, the Latvian Popular front of Latvia and the Lithuanian Sajūdis. The participants gathered in the cities and villages where the campaign was to take place or drove to the less inhabited Baltic territories where the Baltic Way was to wind through.

(Info found on thebalticway.eu definitely check out the site for more info on this historical event)

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baltijas ceļš tautu meitasSo on the 23. August in all three Baltic countries there was big memorial events (like concerts, exhibitions)celebrating this Historical moment. And like last year I was invited to stand in a folk costume with other girls,  representing the countries who were affected by the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.

I was in the Ukrainian folk costume (looking all cute if I can say so myself) and my friend Jonathan carried the flag. People took so many pictures of us and asked to take photos with them(wouldn’t be surprised if my face is everywhere on people personal facebooks). At the end of the event, people had the opportunity to light candles in a symbolical “Fire Road”. It was a great time, with amazing people and positive emotions!

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“Starting The Holiday season with a Concert”-Blogmas day 15

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46445966_2337102256364005_5393320373527773184_n (1)Hello, my Darlings! How are you all doing? It’s just 9 days till Christmas, Can you believe it?! How are we already here? My mind is blown away with how was the time is going.48277337_2380605325347031_6697343152639967232_n Last week we had a concert in Adazi(it’s a town in Latvia, 40 km from Riga).To us came a dance collective from Ukraine called ‘Tornado” , with their Christmas program. Our Organisation “Ukrainian center for youth and children in Latvia” with the help of Ukrainian NGO “Flower of Hope” from Harkov made it happen.48180409_2380605662013664_3325240375794204672_n (1) It was such an amazing concert, with beautiful costumes and colorful dance moves .48378804_2380604742013756_3570504539066859520_n (1) We had an opportunity to meet and see one of the famous Step dancers(and actors) in Latvia Maris Puris and his dance school performing step-dance, I have never seen it in real life and I was blown away with how interesting it is. It was a great time and a great concert!I hope next year we will do something like this again.

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Різдвяна казка 2018 З 8.12 по 12.12 в Латвії перебувають учасники Народного естрадного колектива "Торнадо" з Харкова. 9.12 в Адажському культурному центрі відбувся спільний концерт ансамблю"Торнадо"і учнів 2 та 3 танцювального класу Адажської мистецької школи під керівництвом корифея степу в Латвії,актора і великого друга України Маріса Пуріса. Глядачі мали змогу насолодитись прекрасним концертом. Після концерту відбувся майстер клас зі степу,який провів Маріс Пyріс.Діти і дорослі змогли ознайомитись з роботою Мистецької школи,поспілкуватись з викладачами та учнями школи. Учасники концерту отримали подарунки. Приємною несподіванкою для гостей з Уkраїни стало підняття прапора України біля культурного центру м.Адажи. В програмі перебування ансамлю"Торнадо"круїз в Стокгольм ,екскурсії ,зустрічі з ровеснками. Ця подорож відбулась завдяки багатолітній співпраці Українського центру молоді і дітей в Латвії та Харківської обласної молодіжної організації "Квітка надії"(керівник Наталія Гоєнко) та програми Народної дипломатії,яку реалізує Український центр молоді і дітей Латвії з 2011 року.мета якої є "показати Європу з сердини" 📷- Linda Lancmane #ukraine #ukrainiandiaspora #dance #latvia #ukrainiansinlatvia #ukrainascentrsjauniešiemunberniemlatvija #youth #NVO #ādaži

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I’m ALIVE!(and back)

 

source (2)Hello, my darlings! How are you all doing? I’m BACK!!! I’m sorry for being away so long, but to tell the truth, I was to burn out from all the events we had. So from 19.october till 22.october, we had a very big event called “The Baltic Sunrises” Riga – Stockholm – Riga. It’s a festival/competition that we, the Ukrainian Centre for youth and children in Latvia organize. In those 4 days, we had 4 concerts,  most of the responsibilities (the arty stuff like program and sound )were on me…That’s one of the reasons I had such a big (unplanned)break from blogging.

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We had around 150 guests from Ukraine, Germany, Sweden, and Estonia. I”m so proud of our team, because we did everything amazingly and very profesh! Plus this festival is one of the most talked one in Ukrainian media ever(from our events ). And that makes me so proud!Here you have a little video from the concert

 

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Remembering the Baltic way…

blogam10Hello my lovelies! How are you all doing? I had a very eventful week. On the 23rd August was Baltic Way “Anniversary” and just like last year I had the opportunity to “look pretty” in a Ukrainian folk costume. The same as last year people everyone could light a candle in the road as a tribute to Baltic Way.

So What is Baltic Way?

15948__51a6f33e18cd2.jpgThe Baltic Way or Baltic Chain (also Chain of Freedom, Estonian: Balti kett, Latvian: Baltijas ceļš, Lithuanian: Baltijos kelias, Russian: Балтийский путь) was a peaceful political demonstration that occurred on 23 August 1989. 1408687904_bcApproximately two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 675.5 kilometers (419.7 mi) across the three Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, considered at the time to be constituent republics of the Soviet Union.The demonstration originated in “Black Ribbon Day” protests held in the western cities in the 1980s. It marked the 50th anniversary of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The pact and its secret protocols divided Eastern Europe into spheres of influence and led to the occupation of the Baltic states in 1940. More about that you can read here.

Here some random photos from the Event!

I had a lot of fun and I’m thankful to all the people who took a picture with me or of me! It was an amazing event and I’m very thankful to be part of it. Post about last year you can find here .

 

 

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5 Things to see in Latvia (+ some interesting facts )

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giphy (16)Hello everyone! I’m back again with something a little different today. How you all know soon we will enter summer season (yes yes, it’s like 3 months until the start of summer, crazy I know) and with that, it will be vacation time. And if you are (or planning) going to Latvia (or just travelling through ) here are 5 cool things to see in Latvia(In my opinion).

Let’s start with few interesting facts about Latvia

  1. Latvia is Wifi paradise. It has the world’s fourth fastest internet connections, and with over 800 free connection points in Riga, you don’t even need to pay for it. Latvia also holds the world record for the longest ever phone conversation, a 54 hour 4-minute marathon in 2012.
  2. Latvians are a people to look up to. Latvia has the world’s tallest women, with the average lady coming in at an impressive 170 cm. The men are no midgets either, holding fourth place.
  3. Next time you put on a pair of jeans, thank Latvian-born tailor Jacob Davis. In 1871 in Reno, Nevada, he invented denim as a tough material for trousers, then made a fortune in partnership with fabric merchant Levi Strauss.(more cool and interesting facts about Latvia you can find here)

5 Things to see in Latvia

 

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The Freedom Monument 

(Latvian: Brīvības piemineklispronounced [ˈbriːviːbas ˈpiɛmineklis]) is a memorial located in Riga, Latvia, honouring soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence (1918–1920). It is considered an important symbol of the freedom, independence, and sovereignty of Latvia. Unveiled in 1935, the 42-metre (138 ft) high monument of granite, travertine, and copper often serves as the focal point of public gatherings and official ceremonies in Riga.The concept for the monument first emerged in the early 1920s when the Latvian Prime Minister, Zigfrīds Anna Meierovics, ordered rules to be drawn up for a contest for designs of a “memorial column”. After several contests the monument was finally built at the beginning of the 1930s according to the scheme “Shine like a star!” submitted by Latvian sculptor Kārlis Zāle. Construction works were financed by private donations.

 

 

 

Rundāle Palace

Rundāle Palace is the largest and most famous palace in Latvia. This palace was designed and built by Italian architect Franchesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. There are a lot of spectacular rooms to see and a beautiful park around the palace. The local guide will explain everything about the history of the palace and will entertain you with several scary tales from palace’s history. They even say that the palace has its own ghost which appears at night!

 

Riga Cathedral

 Riga Cathedral (Latvian: Rīgas Doms; German: Dom zu Riga) is the Evangelical Lutheran cathedral in Riga, Latvia. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Riga.The cathedral is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Latvia, and is featured in or the subject of paintings, photographs and television travelogues. Like all of the ancient churches of the city, it is known for its weathercock.The church is commonly called the Dome Cathedral, a tautology as the word ‘Dome’ comes from the German Dom meaning ‘cathedral’.
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Venta Rapid 

Venta Rapid (Latvian: Ventas rumba) is a waterfall on the Venta River in Kuldīga, Latvia. It is the widest waterfall in Europe – 249 metres (817 ft) and up to 270 metres (886 ft) during spring floods. Its height is 1.80–2.20 metres (5.9–7.2 ft) and it changes depending on the water level in the river.The Waterfall formed on Devonian dolostone. It formed an obstacle on Venta – medieval inland shipping route and due to this here formed settlement – contemporary Kuldīga. In the 17th and 19th centuries there were started works for building a shipping route around the falls but works were abandoned.Fishing weirs were carved into the stone. They were used to catch salmon and sturgeon. Due to these fishing devices, Kuldīga used to be called to be a town where you can catch salmon in the air. One could catch as many as 80—100 salmon a day . The fish that didn’t make the jump up the river were swept by the current back into the canals where they were caught in hanging baskets.On January 1, 1997, it was designated a natural monument of Latvia.

 

 

 

Jūrmala

Jūrmala (Latvian pronunciation: [juːrmala] “seaside”) is a city in Latvia, about 25 kilometres (16 miles) west of Riga. Jūrmala is a resort town stretching 32 km (20 miles) and sandwiched between the Gulf of Riga and the Lielupe River. It has a 33 km (21 miles) stretch of white-sand beach, and a population of 56,646, making it the fifth largest city in Latvia.While Latvia was part of the Soviet Union, Jūrmala was a favorite holiday-resort and tourist destination for high-level Communist Party officials, particularly Leonid Brezhnev and Nikita Khrushchev. Although it has many amenities such as beach-houses and concrete hotels remain, some have fallen into disrepair. Jūrmala remains a tourist attraction with long beaches facing the Gulf of Riga and romantic wooden houses in the Art Nouveau style.

 

Photos and description from en.wikipedia.org ,rundalepalace.com and latvia.travel/lv

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I Heart Spring!

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Hello World!Today I’m back with another tag, The I Heart Spring!It’s still winter here(heavily snowing ) but calendar said it’s spring soon(crazy, right?). So why not to do a Spring tag?!I have done something like this in the past( I Heart Fall Tag!)And I loved doing it (and I hope you loved reading it). Let’s start with the tag!

1. Favourite spring nail polish?

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I love pink colours for spring, just simple pale pink is my go to!

2. What is your must-have lip colour this spring?

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3. Show us your favourite spring dress!

Uhh…I don’t have one. It’s too cold in Latvia (in spring) for dresses, even in summer it can be too cold for dresses of any kind.

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4. What’s your favourite flower?

Roses…Yes, banal I know.

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5. Favourite spring scarf/accessory?

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I love massive dangle earrings in the spring, they do make the look!

6. What spring trend(s) are you most excited about this year?

(Makeup, fashion or both!)

Seriously I don’t know any spring trends of 2018(yes..I’m the worst I know). Guess will need to buy and read new Cosmopolitan Latvia issue.

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7. Favourite spring candle?

Anything Cherry! Seriously, Give me a cherry candle and I will be happy!

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8. Favourite body spray/perfume for spring?

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Madonna Truth or Dare perfume. I think it’s the perfect scent for spring, powerful but still very feminine.
9. What is spring like where you live? 

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The actual representation of Latvia in March …maybe even April!
10. What’s your favourite thing about spring?

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11. Are you a spring cleaner?

Yes!Well…I try to be.

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12. Any plans for spring break or an upcoming vacation?

In April I will have a big working trip, and that’s basically it!

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Douglas Home Spa “Beauty Of Hawaii” set first impressions!

LeoHello Everyone!Hope you are having a great week so far! First of all, I want to congratulate all woman on the International woman’s day(Keep being amazing!). So today I want to talk about Douglas Home Spa “Beauty Of Hawaii” set and my first impressions trying it. I did buy it for 19.99 euro(pretty great price for such set).

The packaging 

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I love how it looks!It’s a very big box with a cute bow!

Let’s start with opening the box…

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Taking off the cute bow and Opening the box you can see 4 products. Very nicely packaged. All from the Douglas Home spa line.

Products

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1. Beauty of Hawaii Sensual Shower Foam 

2.Beauty of Hawaii Silky Body Cream 

3.Beauty of Hawaii Sea Salt & Sugar Scrub

4.Beauty of Hawaii Moisturising Hand Cream

I have tried (or owned) almost all of those products, so I knew that this set would be great and smell amazing(and God it does!), the only one new to me was the Sea Salt & Sugar Scrub.And after trying it for few weeks I can say I really like it!

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Overall 

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It’s a pretty good set!I love how it looks and smells. The price was great (In the past I got just the shower foam for 10 euros)so 19.95(now they have 20% off, so it’s even cheaper)is perfect for 4 items. Great set for your Home Spa days!Would definitely recommend.

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