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    Ice fishermen


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Two men, two countries, one method of fishing. iReporter btvox spent time in March traveling through Belarus and Lithuania, and in both countries was startled to find two men patiently hand drilling through rock hard ice to dip a fishing line into the chilly waters below. While the man in the first few photos in Belarus kept to himself, the fisherman in Lithuania was happy to talk. "His name was Étien, and spoke Lithuanian, Russian, Polish, and some French, the last of which ended up being our common denominator," our iReporter said. "He explained that he doesn't do this for a living, it's just a leisure activity he's taken up in retirement."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Winter lingered into late March in rural Belarus and Lithuania, with temperatures consistently remaining below freezing. Minsk was socked by a blizzard mid-month, and lakes remained frozen long past normal seasonal expectations.

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