In February I visited Riga for the first time. The capital of the tiny Baltic country, Latvia, is also my boyfriend’s, Karlis’ birth place. I was excited to see where he grew up and curious about everything Latvian, because I noticed he’s much prouder of his nationality than me (Slovaks just don’t have patriotism in their blood, I think). Riga is beautiful, but the difference between the city centre and the rest of the city was quite tangible – the centre is very shiny and touristy and the other parts not so much. Many houses have wooden facades and are quite run down, so they reminded me of american horror movies. As a post-soviet country Latvia’s capital has more than a few concrete block building areas (we call them paneláky in Slovakia). It was nice to experience and realize that we have this in common with K – growing up in one of these (me in Petržalka, K in Ziepniekkalns – the soap mountain). And that we share some of our nicest childhood memories connected to these places. The second time I went to Riga just recently too, at the end of August. The summer Riga is way more inviting and fun, but the winter one is charming too, and certainly worth visiting. As in Bucharest so in Riga I was living for the post-soviet vibe <3 Here’s my photo diary from both winter and summer.