Friday, 23 December 2011

Meat for Christmas

Traditional food for Christmas? For instance, in England it's a turkey. In Latvia - a pig's nose (or full head). But of course, nowadays it's a rarity on Christmas table.
Photo by (c) Arnis Balcus

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Little snow

Snowing in Ziepniekkalns district of Riga. This winter the snow hasn't stayed for more than a few hours and perhaps it's gonna be a rare grey Christmas. It should have been some -15 C outside, instead it's +5 C. Consequences of global warming?
Photo by (c) Arnis Balcus

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Plastic bird cages


Someone in Riga has used plastic bottles to create bird cages for titmouses.
Photo by (c) Arnis Balcus

Monday, 21 November 2011

Military parade in Riga

November 18 is the independence day of Latvia and the military parade is being held in Riga. Since the Latvian army is small, the parade is quite modest.
Photos by (c) Arnis Balcus

Thursday, 17 November 2011

11/11/11 11:11

People all over the world took a photo at 11:11 on 11 November 2011. Well, me too...
Photo by (c) Arnis Balcus

Tuesday, 4 October 2011


CCTV cameras have been attached to a tree. Seen in Zolitūde district of Riga.
Photo by (c) Arnis Balcus

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Early election

Early parliamentary election on 17 September 2011. Voting in Salacgrīva, North Latvia.
Photos by (c) Arnis Balcus

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Basketball crazy

Lithuanians love basketball. This year European championship takes place in Lithuania so everything works and lives around basketball, even other businesses and advertising. It took me just a few hours to spot dozens of adverts in Kaunas and Panevezys that use basketball as a selling point. In fact, none but only one of these ads actually promote the championship itself. 
All photos by (c) Arnis Balcus

Friday, 8 July 2011

Too much ice-hockey

People in Canada are so keen on ice-hockey that there's even a need for signs to stop people from playing. Found in a park in Montreal.
Photo by (c) Arnis Balcus

Thursday, 16 June 2011


Saw this can lying on the ground in Central market in Riga. Appearantly it's a new energy drink called CCCP which means USSR.
Photo by (c) Arnis Balcus

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Kuldīga in an hour

Yesterday I got an hour of spare time in Kuldīga, a town some 160 km west of Riga. Photos of local church, shopwindows, police station etc.
Photos by (c) Arnis Balcus

Monday, 16 May 2011

9th May in Riga

Last Monday thousands of people gathered in Victory park (Uzvaras parks) in Riga to celebrate the end of WWII. More photos on
Photo by (c) Arnis Balcus

Tuesday, 19 April 2011