This year, Riga’s oldest park, Viesturdārzs, celebrates its 300th anniversary. A scholar with green thumbs is researching its eventful life and sharing the stories with the latest technology.
Come the spring, and Latvians head en masse to their country homes for fresh air and birdsong. But one enterprising hotelier is creating natural delights in the heart of Riga.
Many Latvians lost their lives or suffered years of exile under the occupying regimes of the 20th century. Meet one woman who has transformed her personal tragedy into a celebration of her nation’s handicrafts heritage.
While Latvian culture is deeply connected with the countryside, for decades rural dwellers have been heading to the big smoke for educations and careers. But one woman has gone in the other direction, creating an oasis of creativity amidst the forests of Kurzeme.
Whatever the occasion, Latvians find it easiest to express their feelings by giving flowers. Meet a man whose research into the pretty things has made a world-class contribution to science.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of northern Latvia joining Sweden for a century, a period remembered for prosperity and progress. Today, an intrepid Swede who has settled in Latvia is on a mission to explore the military heritage of that era.
Under Latvia’s pandemic regulations, shopping has become a minefield for both customers and vendors. But one imaginative couple are offering much needed service with a smile.
Policing is a tough job even in the best of times, and the pandemic has added new complications. Meet a senior cop doing his best to keep order in a society weary of restrictions.
With temperatures this winter dropping below minus 20 degrees, you might think Latvians have all been snuggling in bed with a steaming mug of tea. But a growing band have embraced the season by plunging into freezing water.
While we would all like to follow the advice of the classic pick-me-up tune “Don’t worry – be happy,” that’s often easier said than done. But one Latvian has worked out a system for putting smiles on our faces.