Vello Vikerkaar, for Baltic Reports
“Why are you here?” is the question every local wants to put to foreigners. We have our stock answers, and often they’re true. Sometimes, though, the foreigner leaves out part of the story. He doesn’t want to admit he was fired from his job in Canada, or that he was caught on videotape robbing a Buenos Aires banks.
In American cowboy movies, if you weren’t smart enough to know cattle rustlers were bad, the filmmakers put them in black hats. It happens to be the simplest way to categorize foreigners in the Baltic:
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