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GULAG in Latvian history

Monday March 26th, 2012 in Latvia, News | No Comments »

In 1949 March 25 Soviet authorities deported thousands of Latvians to Siberia and other camps in Soviet Union.

Coastal Surf” (операция “Прибой”) was the code name for Soviet mass deportations from the three Baltic states on March 25–28, 1949.

Please watch this short clip about the injustice and horror of the failed USSR communist system.

March 25, 1949. Latvia’s Darkest Day:

And here’s a good presentation about “Operation Priboi”:

Hostels in Riga and Old Town Riga

Monday September 12th, 2011 in News | No Comments »

There’s now many hostels in Riga, Latvia.

You can search best price among about fifty hostels in Riga here.

Things to keep in mind, when searching for Riga hostel:

– hostels in Old Town are your best choice, if you have couple days and want to see everything quickly (Old Town is in the heart of Riga, with all the clubs, pubs, restaurants and places to see).

– many hostels have other services like bike rental, pub, etc.

– do they have a free wi-fi.

In case you had no time to reserve hostel via internet, i’m sure you’ll find one with free spots just by walking around Old Town Riga.

If you have questions, don’t hasitate to ask here via comment form!

Video of protesters in attack on Saeima, Latvian parliament

Tuesday January 13th, 2009 in News | No Comments »

Video clip of violent protesters attacking Latvian parliament “Saeima” on Tuesday, when the protests took place in Riga, Dome square. Police try to hold back furious crowd. A note to readers: protests began peacefully, and all reasonable people went home after protest ended on Dome square. But there was a bunch of “urlas” and other brainless people, who got too excited and moved to parliament, hoping to change the Latvian government in one night..

Violent protests in Riga, Latvia, live video

Tuesday January 13th, 2009 in News | No Comments »

Here’s a link to live video feed of protests taking place right now in center of Riga (from Dome square in Old Town), Latvia.

As you might know, the peaceful protest against Latvian government turned into more or less violent one. Check out the video with sound, and see for yourself.

Autumn fogs in Latvia

Thursday October 30th, 2008 in News | No Comments »

This month in Latvia there’s fog frequently here and there. Be careful driving roads like Riga – Jurmala or Riga – Saulkrasti, and stop for a moment to enjoy this beautiful feeling, and perhaps take some foggy pictures ;)

Autumn fogs in Latvia

Author of this image: schlaeger

Latvia at war with Lithuania

Monday April 7th, 2008 in News | 1 Comment »

Last night was a historic attack on Latvian soil made by army of 50 Lithuanian citizens. A bunch of drunk and low-IQ elements crossed the border and started to demolish small town in Latvia by Lithuanian border – Skaistkalne.

Victims and eyewitnesses say people from Lithuania were breaking windows (so urla style), damaging road signs (pure monkey instinct) and even shooting guns (gas pistols, currently the only weaponry of Lithuanian Armed Forces). As the legend says, it all started because one of Latvian guys (local Chuck Norris from Skaistkalne) went to disco in Lithuanian border town Germaniškis and alone kicked ass of about twenty five village cowboys. They felt kinda unsecure and wanted revenge, so they run home to get their moms and then entered Latvia.

The Latvian government is now in state of emergency and considering either to launch massive airstrikes over Lithuania, or just nuke a small town.

Current debates are here: Latvian Delfi and Lithuanian Delfi.

Stay tuned for more updates! You can comment to share your opinion.

Publicē šeit savu rakstu vai fotogrāfijas

Friday February 29th, 2008 in News | No Comments »

Piedāvājums: dodu iespēju ikvienam par velti publicēt savu rakstu vai bildes šajā mājas lapā. Kāpēc? Tāpēc, ka esmu pārliecināts, ka Latvijā arī bez manis ir cilvēki kam ir ko pastāstīt ārzemniekiem par Latviju, vai gluži vienkārši gribas padalīties ar interesantām fotogrāfijām. Šāds piedāvājums varētu interesēt mājas lapu īpašniekiem, žurnālistiem, blogeriem, fotogrāfiem, vai citiem radošiem cilvēkiem.

Mērķis: izglītot ārzemju cilvēkus par mūsu skaisto zemi :) Tūrisma sezona nav aiz kalniem, tūlīt sāks gāzties iekšā ārzemnieku masas, no kurām, diemžēl, lielu daļu sastāda pļēgurtusētāji jeb stageri (stag party – vecpuišu tusiņš). Daļēji tāpēc arī Latvijas tēls pasaulē asociējas ar lētiem dzērieniem un vieglām meičām. Tad nu mēs varētu gan pļēguriem, gan normāliem tūristiem sniegt vairāk informācijas par to, kas šeit notiek, kas šeit redzams, un kas šeit ir tāds, par ko viņi nenojauš.

Prasības: gan rakstam, gan bildēm jābūt sakarā ar Latviju. Ceļojumu bildes citās valstīs, vai latvieša stāsts kā viņam gājis Austrālijā gluži nederēs :) Iesūtot savu rakstu, lūdzu norādīt tā virsrakstu, kā arī savu vārdu un saiti uz mājas lapu vai blogu, lai varu nopublicēt ar pieklājīgu atsauci. Tas pats attiecas uz bildēm, kā arī, būtu vēlams iesūtīt nevis pašas bildes, bet gan saites uz tām (piemēram, izvietotas uz Flickr vai ImageShack). Ņemiet vērā, ka šeit atrādītajām bildēm platums var būt 650 pikseļi, un tām vajadzētu būt īpašām (interesantām, smieklīgām, skaistām, vai baisām) – tādām, lai tās skatīties būtu interesanti ne tikai Taviem radiniekiem, bet arī ārzemniekiem :)

Bonuss: Uz jautājumu “kāds man labums dot citam par velti savas bildes vai rakstu“, varu teikt, ka, pirmkārt tas ir publicitātei, ko vienmēr dod sadarbība ar citām lapām, kā arī garantēta atpakaļ saite uz autora mājas lapu iekš viņa raksta (vai zem bildēm), kā arī automātiska viņa lapas iekļaušana direktorijā, kas dos papildus labumu gan no apmeklētāju, gan SEO viedokļa ;) Jā, dotajā mirklī šī lapa nepelna nekādus ienākumus, tāpēc materiālo atlīdzību nevaru piedāvāt. Bet nākotnē viss iespējams, varbūt iegriezies šeit vēlāk, ja sadarbība šoreiz neinteresēja.

Paldies par uzmanību,
Helmuts (startlatvia.com autors)
info@startlatvia.com

Meteorological forecast for Latvia and Riga

Tuesday January 8th, 2008 in News | 3 Comments »

I have added new page to my site about Latvia, now you can see what is the weather conditions in Riga and mostly the same in Latvia

Open Weather in Latvia page and bookmark it!

Or go back to Latvia information.

Top sightseeing in autumn Latvia

Thursday October 11th, 2007 in News | No Comments »

I’ve updated section “Latvia Places” with eight top places you should see in Latvia. Added info with neat pictures, descriptions and map, i hope you like it!

See “Latvia Places“!

Cost of public transport in Latvia

Wednesday September 26th, 2007 in News | 1 Comment »

As you might be interested how much what transport will cost you, see my page “Latvia Prices” for guide on prices for commuting in Latvia and Riga.

More prices on other goods and services updated shortly!

Set of Latvia maps

Wednesday September 26th, 2007 in News | 2 Comments »

New section added – “Latvia Map” where you will find four maps to help you get around Latvia!

I’ve added business map, that way you will find any company or shop in Riga or across country. And also good streets map, where you can find directions to your hotel or friends house. Plus another good map with tourist objects to see in Latvia – collection of sightseeing and leisure places in Latvia.

I hope this helps your stay in Lettland! ;)

The property boom of Latvia

Sunday September 23rd, 2007 in News | 5 Comments »

Yeah, Latvia and Bulgaria are still the ones to have higher property prices and market of real estate soaring up to the sky.

Many private houses and apartment blocks are yet to be built, besides the market of soviet times houses also keeps selling good. The prices on rent have gotten higher than a year before, and still you don’t hear someone complaining that it is too much.

Experts have given warnings that this property bubble will burst, if measures from government will not be taken, but people say it’s still a profitable business for many local millionaires, that’s is reason why this market is still hot – in other words, it’s not in land lords’ interest to chill it down..

The question is – when will the prices stop, and shall they also drop?..

Latvia on Technorati

Saturday August 18th, 2007 in News | No Comments »

Technorati Profile

Our site from now is on Technorati too!

Latvia online guide

Wednesday August 15th, 2007 in News | No Comments »

I’m happy to announce that a site for Latvia Guide has been set up and is now up and running!
Regular updates about events, tips, guides and other useful info on Latvia are going to be the topics discussed here. You can take part in discussions by commenting here!

Best wishes to people visiting Latvia,
Helmut
(online editor of StartLatvia.com.