I love Riga. It is one of the prettiest cities in Europe. This last weekend I went for a conference which was put on by a German political foundation. They paid for everything and it was a great conference. It was for young foreign policy analysts, so everyone there was either doing a PhD or had recently completed one. About 70% of the people were from Germany, with some others from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. One panel was on Baltic Energy Transit, I was the moderator for the panel. Friday we met in Riga and Saturday morning we went to an old manor home which was actually 90 km outside of Riga! It was really great. Sunday I got to go to church in Riga and see some old friends there. The only negative was that on the way back the Internet on the bus was not really working, so I didn't get to follow the 49ers game... but they lost on a late field goal like always so maybe that wasn't such a bad thing after all.
Today Mom and Dad are coming to visit! There was a Finnair strike but it ended last night! That means that Mom and Dad will be able to fly in ok.