A number of friends and family have asked what the mood is like here regarding the recent annexation of Crimea by Russia. My best answer is, we don't know. Most of our time and effort here is devoted to teaching and choreographing. We are consciously tamping down our tendencies to be political in our classes as we know we are guests here and don't really know the background.
None of our Latvian friends have said anything about it. Clearly there are some tensions between the Latvians and Russians (and Gypsies) but our general feeling is that there is a genuine patriotic good feeling about this young state and no evidence to support an overwhelming desire to join with Russia.
But, we don't speak or read Latvian or Russian and we are in Riga rather than Daugavpils. The only evidence we have seen of any response is the small "Adolph Putin" sticker we saw near the ATM at the Swedbank near the Freedom Monument.
Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves.
- F.Scott Fitzgerald