RIGA, LATVIA

I squeezed into a non-reclining seat on Ryanair at 6 am in late May for the 2.5 hour, $32 flight to Riga, capital of Latvia. The flight left from London’s Stansted Airport in driving rain and arrived in what Riga residents were calling a heat wave – a high of 85F. Since Riga is roughly […]

Moldova – where’s that?

  Small in size (population of 3.6 million), located in a little known corner of southeastern Europe and positioned between two larger neighbors (Romania and Ukraine), Moldova gets little attention. Yet it is an extremely fertile region with potential to rise above its economic rank of the poorest country in Europe. The main problem is […]

The First Odessa

    I recently got off a train in Odessa, Ukraine with three days to discover what this port city on the north western coast of the Black Sea had to offer. It spawned ten Odessa’s in the USA and two in Canada so I was expecting something of substance. First however, I had a […]