Thoughts on the Refugee Crisis & my Last Days as an Embassy Intern

Well folks, This is my last blog as a Canadian embassy intern. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts this summer. Throughout these crazy 15 weeks, I feel as though I have grown so much as a person and a professional. The last three weeks have been a bit

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Table Tennis at the Korean Embassy, Enjoying the Positivus Festival & a Trip to Jelgava

Hi everyone, Now that the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and Canada Day are over, things are slowing down around the office. A lot of people in public service are on vacation, so there are fewer events to attend and fewer requests for information. One interesting thing that did happen this

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Warding off Sleep & Canada Day in Latvia

Hello all, It’s been a few weeks since my last post about my time in Europe, interning at the Canadian Embassy in Latvia. Previously, I was conflicted about missing Europride to go away for a weekend. Well, I loved my trip down to the Curonian Spit and Liepaja. I enjoyed the beautiful sand beaches and

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Primer on the Latvian Presidential Elections & Some (Heavy!) Summer Reading Recommendations

Hi everyone! I’m currently on a bus  to Klaipeda, the gateway town to the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO site. The Spit is a strip of land that is three miles wide, and is covered in sand dunes. Half of it belongs to Lithuania, and the other half belongs to Russia’s Kaliningrad region. The part that

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Thoughts on Latvian Food & the Steep Learning Curve of an Intern

Hi all! First off, I’d like to apologize for not writing as frequently as I’d originally planned. I’m spending 8 hours a day researching, writing, and editing, so coming home and writing more can be a bit difficult. Today is different though. Today is a beautiful Saturday afternoon, and I just spent the last two

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My First Week in the Baltics: Meeting the Ambassador & Overcoming Language Barriers

Well folks, I’ve been in Latvia for over a week now, and want to give you my first impressions of work at the Embassy and the city of Riga. I’ve settled in a place in what is known as the Quiet Center, since there are no bars or party places, and it feels really safe.

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Check in to the Summer Adventures of an Embassy Intern in Latvia!

Hello NSN members, My name is Natalie and I’m the Director of the Student Ambassador Program- and soon to be, intern at the Canadian embassy in Latvia! Right now, I’m sitting in my living room, surrounded by boxes. Over the next few days, I will be packing up my place and putting my belongings into

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