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You need concentration if you want to finish an entire chess game here. After they reached independence, the Latvians stayed friends with the Russians, who like to visit Riga and the beaches nearby, where all communication is in Russian! I ran away from the centre, where too many Scandinavians were buying cheap alcohol to haul on to the ferries.
People here love to live on the streets. In the old days those were the only places where you couldn’t be bugged by the secret police. The locals speak Pushkin’s language among each other, and even chess could be a heritage of the past.
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