Twitter Spotlight: Linda O’Grady

If you had asked me six months ago who my favorite Irish blogger in Latvia is, I would have looked at you like this.

Huh? What?

But now I get it because I found Linda and her blog. (By the way, thanks Aussa!)


Linda teaches English in Riga and I can’t help but think of her as brave. Latvia doesn’t seem like the warmest place in temperature and, well, temperament. But Linda soldiers on, and with great humor.

My guess is that you will soon have a favorite Irish blogger in Latvia too! At least until she moves to Germany

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@ExpatEyeLatvia: The ability to make me laugh; someone who doesn’t panic easily when I do stupid things like flood the apartment; someone who can cook as I’m likely to poison us both. I’m a real keeper.

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@ExpatEyeLatvia: ‘Anti-domestic-goddess’ (OK, I cheated – that’s a really hard question!) ‘Blog-fodder-prone’ would be another one…

OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends

@ExpatEyeLatvia: I can tell them anything and they won’t judge or criticize me, even when I say something like ‘Hey, I’m thinking of moving to Latvia.’


OneChicklette: Your idea of happiness

@ExpatEyeLatvia: Sitting on a nice terrace in the sunshine, chilled glass of white wine in hand, with a good book or good company. (Or just sitting on my sofa writing a blog post – I’m sad like that!)

OneChicklette: Your idea of misery

@ExpatEyeLatvia: Walking around a forest picking mushrooms, possibly wearing leopard print. Shudder.

OneChicklette: Your favorite fictional character

@ExpatEyeLatvia: Jack, the little boy from ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue. I didn’t want that book to end.

OneChicklette: Your favorite thing to eat, and also to drink

@ExpatEyeLatvia: Pizza, preferably Hawaiian, and a nice bottle of wine – red in winter, white in summer!

OneChicklette: Five tangible things you can’t live without

@ExpatEyeLatvia: My laptop, my phone, my handbag, my bed, tea.

OneChicklette: What’s the number one item on your bucket list? (question via @SaraLang)

@ExpatEyeLatvia: Right now, moving to Germany! Barring disaster, I’m hoping this will happen in September.

@OneChicklette: Who do you know via social media that you’re dying to meet in real life? (this question came via @Tammy)

@ExpatEyeLatvia: I’d like to meet up with most of the regular commenters on my blog – they’re a really great bunch of people!


@OneChicklette: How many days do you think you would you go without speaking a single word, if you were being paid $100,000 a day for every consecutive day you didn’t speak? (this amazing question came via @BrianSpaeth)

@ExpatEyeLatvia: If I didn’t have to work, I could probably go for weeks. But as an English teacher, mime and interpretive dance will only take you so far…

OneChicklette: via @AndiLavs What was the last kind thing you did?

@ExpatEyeLatvia: I gave an old man on the street some money yesterday.

OneChicklette: A question I should ask the next participant

@ExpatEyeLatvia: If there was one country on earth you would never move to, which country would it be, and why?

OneChicklette: Random shout out 

@ExpatEyeLatvia: A shout out to my mam, who worries about me constantly upsetting the Latvians with my blog – I guess someone has to 😉


21 thoughts on “Twitter Spotlight: Linda O’Grady

    1. Claire Duffy

      Linda, you’re the Kevin Bacon of blogging… I don’t think there’s a blog I follow (and I follow GAZILLIONS) that doesn’t mention you sooner or later… 😉 Great interview!

      1. Expat Eye

        Yeah, totally. I loved it. I read another book she wrote after that but I think Room is definitely her best work so far. Deserves all the acclaim it got.

  1. Paul

    Yikes! Latvia. Can you get there from here? this is my first introduction to Linda. I will for sue check out her blog. There has to be an interesting story how an Irish girl ended up in Latvia. Thanks OC and hello Linda!

  2. bmagpub

    Lind has given me many a chuckle – she certainly has the most wonderful way of decribing Linda’s Life in Latvia. Do they have lots of leopard print in Germany? Thanks for featuring her. 🙂

  3. bevchen

    Oh, hi Linda! I’m also hoping the moving to Germany in September thing works out. Can’t wait to see what you have to say about the Germans!


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