Every country has its own elevator pitch. Those 30 seconds you have in a lift with an enthusiastic traveller, an experienced cultural cognoscenti or a businessman endowed with a good sense of humour, to tell your story. To ignite his curiosity. Get the stomach rumbling. The eyes to light up. To make him long for something as not yet experienced. Here it goes!
In Latvia, dill is added to everything. If you get on someone’s nerves, you’re sent to dill.
Latvians are best alone. Collective individualists. Lone farmsteads during life, but afterwards – all together in a nice little fenced graveyard. And with luck, on an inter-city bus, Latvians will sit in singles.
And the greatest Latvian compliment is – “normal”! He’s normal. It tastes normal. I’m having a normal time. A normal day. You look normal.
Titled This Weird Place Latvia, it is the most Latvian of them all. Featuring dark grey hard cover with embossed drawing of Latvian potato by Agrita Krievina, The Planner 2015 deals with all things characteristic to Latvia. Both in English and Latvian.