Ryanair's stag night specials haven't yet completely succeeded in destroying the reputation of the English in Riga. "People in England are very open, more open than Latvians," my students thought. "They have fast lives but they respect rules." "Yes, they're very kind to pedestrians." This positive opinion is, however, by no means universal. "You're English?" roared a drunk in the pub on Saturday night. "Are you here to drink too much beer and fuck our women?"
"Not exactly," I replied.