One year ago I was living in Riga. As I wrote previously, to live in Latvia was a huge challenge, not only for me but also for my girlfriend. We moved there because A. got a job offer and we thought that it would be a good chance for us to discover the Latvian culture but also the surrounding countries. And we were right…
We just didn’t know how hard it would be for me to find a work.
As we arrived in Riga in October’15, I spent the following months looking for opportunities everywhere: hostels and supermarkets; newspapers and call centers.
Latvian National Opera in Riga, in autumn and in winter
The truth is, 5 months later I was still unemployed and at home, bored and depressed as I couldn’t even go outside thanks to the harsh winter: short days and negative temperatures, the coldest weather I ever faced.
At this time I decided to dedicate my time to this blog, trying to write interesting articles and learn how to use all these social media networks (by the way, feel free to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
In parallel, I started some MOOCs. For those who don’t know, a MOOC is basically a free online course offered by universities from all around the world.
There are plenty of courses, for every subject you can imagine! As you imagine, it kept me occupied but, to be honest, I felt I was loosing time in Riga. At that time, I was about to give up and return to Lisbon…
Suddenly, in February, exactly one year ago, I found a job in an international company dedicated to the educational area. Although the tasks were repetitive and the work was during the night (because the clients were mainly from the USA), this job was a relief: I felt useful again and thanks to it I didn’t left my girlfriend alone in Riga.
Nice: central beach and statue in Massena
Nowadays I wonder what would have happened if I had quit Latvia last February. Would I ever came to Nice? Now I’m living in this french city and all is going well: with ease, I found a job in the second month I arrived.
I know, however, I wouldn’t stay here forever, but at least I will take the best of Nice. I can’t say where I’m going next but I can assure you one thing: in a year you can still read me in my blog, the only fixed adress I have.
In fact, thanks to my actual job, I can dedicate time to blogging and the results are emerging: in January my blog overpassed the 12 thousand visits. Thank you all, including Riga, the city where I had the chance to focus and create the foundations of World Wide PedroL.