I am a 34 year old male, and I run my own IT consultancy in South Africa. I have been in South Africa for almost a year, having spent over a decade in the UK, mainly in London.
I am looking to expand my business in a new direction, (more internet stuff) in the new year (2012), and considering Latvia, along with a couple more Baltic and Eastern European countries. I have to admit though, that all I know about these countries, is what I have read in country profiles and summaries that you get from the Economist and other sources.
I like the fact that Latvia and others are business friendly, have great Internet connectivity (important for my internet business), young and educated populations, and salary levels that are still competitive.
Why am I here?
My move to Eastern Europe or the Baltics will only happen around March 2012, and in the meantime, I'd like to getter a better understanding of the countries. There are a few business focused forums I have joined up with, but I also think it is important to get to know an understand the people. Language issues, cultural issues etc. The best way to find out about this, I think, is by interacting socially, with real Latvians.
Similarly, I am single with no kids, and would be traveling alone, so the quality of social life I can expect is also quite important. I have traveled alone to many different countries, and while I am comfortable doing this, some countries are definitely more welcoming than others.
I'm not really after dating, (I live literally on the other side of the world right now .... hahaha) but just want to interact with and get a better feel for the people of Latvia. I am also not after business deals, I will cross that bridge when I decide which country is right for me. I hope I am in the right place for this.
PS. I hope I can post this. I am still waiting for my confirmation email from the forum