When I return home from university, I switch on my computer and go on (a Latvian equivalent of Facebook).
A friend of mine has sent me an invitation to the theatre for Friday evening. Theatre is only one of the possibilities that it's more common to do something specific rather than just hang out for a drink.
Latvians can be direct communicators, although they often temper their words to protect the feelings of the other person.
As a group, they are slow to pay compliments and may become suspicious of compliments offered too readily and without sufficient reason.
In the first date, tradition still dominates and so it's usually the man who pays for everything. The play is modern; it's an interpretation of Fellini's , but luckily without scenes with naked actors, so I don't have to blush – a young woman sitting beside a young man!
For the following dates it depends, and you can agree on who will pay and when. Latvians are rather prudish, although it is possible for girls and boys to be just friends without everybody gossipping.
In the afternoon I already start to prepare for the evening because I have nothing else to do – or in fact because I can't do anything else.The family is still the centre of the social structure.Even in urban areas it is common for generations of extended family to live together in the same apartment. The family provides both emotional and financial support to its members.Since good manners dictates that you do not publicly embarrass another person, it is important not to criticize someone in a public venue.Even the hint that you are unhappy could cause irreparable harm to your personal relationship. They do not require a great deal of background information and may become irritated if you attempt to explain too much.You and your company will have to be evaluated by lower level staff and, if you are deemed a good potential business partner, you will be invited to a subsequent meeting with the next highest level.