02/03/2009 Hi everyone !
Hi everyone !
My name is Ilze, I am 32, come from Latvia and I have chance to be a blogger in the March. This is my first time on BBC’s blog and my first blog at all. I find it quite interesting to start my first blog here and share my opinions and experience with all you.
About my English - I just learning…I am not good writer, but I will try, let’s look how you find that.
I was born and grow up in small country named Latvia, which is central country of the Baltic States ( Estonia, Latvia and Lithuenia). It has a wonderful nature - a lot of rivers, thousands of beautiful lakes and hundreds of kilometres of seashore lined by pine forests, dunes, and white sand beaches.
Latvia’s capital city is Riga, which is one of the most oldest medieval cities in Europe and has been listed by UNESCO as one of the world’s most important cultural and natural sites. Here comes some photos from Riga’s old town – have a look ! :-)
So far about place where I used to live for 30 years shortly…
Education in Latvia
The state of Latvia give free primary and secondary education, but for higher education most of students have to pay by themselves. And degrees from Latvian educational institutions have to be recognized internationally, it is guaranteed from the state. But unfortunately, it is just theoretically. In real live, the number of people (I would say - most of them) from Latvia with diploma from higher educational institution could not find the job abroad in their professional line… And if they have not a chance to earn enough money for living in own country they are forced to find job abroad and acquire a new profession, which, of course, is far from their real potential. Those peoples are teachers, mathematicians, economists, doctors, scientists and other excellent specialists.
What about me according this subject… I have finished University of Latvia and get diploma in economics, and I have had a good career in banking in Latvia.
So, but at present me and my husband are living in Channel Islands, Jersey, but about this part of my live I’ll tell you later… :)
That’s all I’ve got to say today.
Thank you for reading and good luck to you all.
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