My name is Tatiana, I’m 22 years old.
I’ve being living in Riga for 2 years. I arrived from Sharhorod which is in Vinnytsia region, Ukraine.
It happened three years ago, a man wrote to me in the social network site. I spoke with him and so our conversation began. After some time, he came to me in Ukraine, he has asked me to marry him. It was the spring of 2012 and in September of the same year we were married. After 5 months, I came to visit him in Latvia. I was still studying in Ukraine (it was my 3rd year in Vinnytsia State Pedagogical University). And my mother also was still in Ukraine.
I liked Riga: a beautiful city, kind people. Anyway – Latvia is very beautiful. I’ve never seen any rudeness and malevolence from Latvians. But after spending a month in Riga, I had to go back due to illness of my mother.
I can say that the first year of life here composed of permanent missions to Ukraine. When my mother died, and my studies were over, I was already in Latvia. Then I applied to the Labour Exchange, where I would get the opportunity to learn Latvian. And at this time I also had private courses of the Latvian language.
Finally, the labor exchange NVA has offered me a job. Of course, it wasn’t actually a real job. It was just a program for young people from 18 to 24 years, which gives the opportunity to acquire first work experience. «Kraukļa Fonds» – is an organization where I worked 6 months. Overall, I liked it: there were young people with whom it was interesting and fun, especially the young Latvian who helped me to learn the Latvian language. My job was to take photos of furniture and advertise on the Internet. Six months later, I was given a voucher for studying Latvian. And I went to «Intas Straubergas valodu centrs». I really enjoyed it. Training lasted for about 2 months, at the end I passed the state examination for A2 category. Then I started to think about a new job, and a miracle happened at last… Now me and my husband are expecting a baby and we are very happy!