Posts by: Mark Kennedy - Page 2

19 Jul
2016
Running to Find the Real Riga The weirdest thing about exercise is how you can feel really terrible and really awesome at the same time. Especially running. As far as sports go too, it’s not like there’s a whole lot to running long distances. It’s more of just a mindless action, devoid of any fancy bells ...
15 Jul
2016
Feeling Snacky…. Latvian Edition One of the most popular questions you get coming back from a foreign country is: what weird stuff did you eat? Well, to all my fellow candy consumers, chip chompers, donut downers and chocolate chums, I present…… LATVIAN SNACKING 101 One of the first things I do when I get to a new ...
14 Jul
2016
The Latvian Academy of Music As a classical music student, I was really excited when I found out Riga was one of the only city’s in the Baltics area that had a music academy. While I totally recognize and appreciate pop music in all it’s glory (EDM jams all the way), there’s something about a ...
13 Jul
2016
The Lions Gate Wandering through Old Town, you’ll find the area lends itself to a small city feel. With few exceptions, you can get lost in the small tunnels and alleys and back passages leading in all different directions. And as busy as it gets with other tourists and foreigners, there are always opportunities where ...
12 Jul
2016
Russian Recall and Power Sentences: Part III Part Three, or el finale. Lets do this. Memorization is a lot like green eggs and ham, from the Dr. Seuss classic. You’ve heard its boring, its never-ending, and its ineffective. Here’s to hoping my last three posts have convinced you to try it at least(: So in ...
11 Jul
2016
Russian Recall and Power Sentences: Part II So in my last post (Russian Recall and Power Sentences: Part I, check it out) I gave two broad ideas for how to use memorization to cement Russian words, phrases, grammar principles, etc. into your everyday Russian speech. As strange as it may be, I’m going to skip the ...
08 Jul
2016
Russian Recall and Power Sentences: Part I Let’s be honest, learning Russian is crazy hard, ESPECIALLY at the beginning. Most give up when they have to learn words like безопасность, and other new learners switch to something a little simpler when they hear Russian has perfective and imperfective verbs, six cases and literally an exception to ...
07 Jul
2016
  A Cat’s Tail: Riga’s Greatest Legend On any walking tour of Old Town, Riga, you come to realize why the area is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site: no matter where you look, there’s always a unique but beautiful building to catch your eye. The first day I got here, I literally tripped 5 ...
06 Jul
2016
Sibling Rivalry: The Three Brothers From the title, your first thought might go to “The Tales of Beetle the Bard: The Deathly Hallows” from Harry Potter. I know mine did(: The title “The Three Brothers” though actually refers to some of the most iconic buildings in Old Town Riga, a set of three dwelling homes ...
05 Jul
2016
  Всем Привет! My name is Mark Kennedy, and I’m an intern at the Liden and Denz Institute in Riga, Latvia! To say I’m excited to be here is a severe understatement. Currently I’m going into my fourth year at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where I’m enrolled as a dual-degree candidate, earning two degrees ...