Now that the snow's gone winter in Riga is depressingly reminiscent of winter in Newcastle. The same short, sunless days, damp cold, and drab, gloomy grey sky. Latvians say it's normal, that the snow, not this, is the aberration. "Twenty years ago we went cross-country skiing in every sports lesson at school. Now it only rains," one of my colleagues told me.
"When do you think the weather will improve?" I asked.
"Maybe at the end of April."