As you (surely) have noticed, newspapers are very important to me. Over and over again, I read a newspaper and I imagine each one as a different city: with its own streets – a short article I read -, with its own parks – an amazing report -, with its own people – a chronicle, an opinion article, many times written by one of those lunatics you find repeatedly, even if the rains or snows, in the same location -.
According to this, I would say ‘Jornal Público’ is Lisbon to me. ‘Expresso’, another good portuguese newspaper, can be seen as the suburbs of my hometown though. Well, about Riga, I have to be honest: I haven´t found yet my newspaper!
It doesn´t mean newspapers are poor here, it happens because I can´t read latvian or russian (even if I can read cyrillic, it´s impossible to follow the news). In this situation, I did the obvious: I looked for newspapers and news portals in english to follow the local reality.
However, in the last week, I found a tool which is revealing as a great source to track Latvia, its happenings and, at the same time – the most important to me -, to follow what do the latvians are talking about: Twitter. Oh yeah, Twitter with its hashtags has helped me to find out some of the common topics in the country that has hosted me in the last months.
And what have I found? Well, there´s an intense debate about the refugees after the intervention, yesterday, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Parliament. Over the last days, another important topic was the Latvian´s President recovery after heart surgery. With the hashtag #PrezidentVeselojies, many latvians addressed a quick recovery to Raimonds Vejonis.
In entertainment, I found out that, last weekend, took place in Ventspils the latvian music awards, ‘Muzikala Banka’. Astro’n’out One were rewarded with a prize and I found a new band to listen at home. And so it goes…
These days, even if I can´t associate a city to Twitter, this social network became the virtual square for what happens around me here in Riga.
‘Rigas Diena’ is a collection of 16 chronicles about my experience of living 9 months in Riga. Download it for free in a pdf that also includes a guide to make you get the best of the latvian capital.
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