Riga is a beautiful place. Being home to women like Slava Konevs helps. She is in her early twenties and seems mostly traditional, besides her comfort level with being nude in front of a camera. Slava showed me a modern part of this quaint city in Latvia. It's shopping malls seem to be suffering the same slow death as in the States, evident by a unmanned large local art gallery taking up most of the third floor real estate. At every opportunity, try to get out of your bubble. I have yet to regret stepping out of mine.