I had never been to the Baltics before this summer, and knew very little about the rich culture and history of this area; I knew where Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were by remembering that they went North to South in alphabetical order for geography exams in history class and that was all. I have loved living in Riga and exploring the city with my Stanford flatmates, and immersing myself in a country that feels youthful, vibrant and optimistic as it emerges from its Soviet past, and fiercely celebrates its language and national identity. My internship has been a great experience, and I have learned so much and been given so many amazing opportunities. I am sad that my internship is coming to an end, and I know that Riga will always be a special place to me.