Top 5 Posts of 2017

It has become a tradition to start a new year of blogging by looking back at the year before. 2017 was quite an exciting year for Let the Journey Begin, from the first post going viral with thousands of readers every hour to travelling to Brussels for the .eu Web Awards and coming home with a […]

Winter Solstice Traditions in Latvia

For millions of people around the world, Christmas is closely tied to Christian beliefs, after all, it is a celebration commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. In fact, in many languages, the word for the celebration itself has to do with Christ or birth. Not so in Latvian where we celebrate “Ziemassvētki”, literally the “winter festival”. You […]

Kanēļmaizītes – a Latvian Christmas Treat

The English-speakers know them as cinnamon rolls and love to top them with icing. The Swedes call them kanelbulle and have set aside a day (the 4th of October) for celebrating this sweet roll. The North Germans have crossed them with croissants and named them Franzbrötchen. We Latvians certainly have no claim to the invention of the cinnamon bun, […]

Birdy Talks: 3,5 Years

As another year rolls to a close, it is again time to take stock of our firstborn’s language progress. Growing up with three languages continues working well for Birdy and her language skills in Latvian and German – our two main family languages – are age appropriate overall. These days our 3,5-year-old aks ‘why’ a thousand […]