Ice fishing at Lielupe River, Latvia
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Ice fishing at Lielupe River, Latvia

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D: On the way to the Lielupe beach, Jurmala, Latvia

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F: Sunset dinner at 36. Line - beach restaurant in Jurmala, Latvia

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G: Sunset at the "36. Line" - beach restaurant in Jurmala, Latvia

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H: Preparing banquet at the "36. Line" - beach restaurant in Jurmala, Latvia

od Vil Muhametshin, 2.5 km daleko

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I: On the deck of an old fishing boat at the Jurmala Open-Air Museum, Latvia

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J: Line houses at the Saliena Residential, Latvia

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